The leader of the Gambia’s newest political party Omar Beyai has said the country’s President Adama Barrow has mortgaged the nation to neighboring Senegal.
Beyai is opposed to the Gambia outsourcing additional electricity from Senegal, an agreement that the Barrow administration says will supply at least 30 megawatts.
“Getting electricity from Senegal is giving them power over us and they can use that leverage to make our government do things that are not in the best interest of Gambia,” said Beyai.
Suburbs outside the Gambia’s have been stricken with long hours of power cuts for the second time this year.
The state-owned power company has been left in a state of bankruptcy by the regime of Yahya Jammeh.
APP leader Beyai was a supporter of Jammeh’s regime but he says that is not the reason he is opposing Barrow’s government.
Beyai says Senegal’s President Macky Sall has so much influence over Mr. Barrow and that the neighboring country is interfering with Gambia’s governance.
“We have their army here and the government is consulting them on everything. They are interfering in our affairs as if we are their colony. Our sovereignty is compromised,” Beyai asserted.
The Gambia has signed several security agreements with Senegal, some aimed at augmenting security in the region as well as preventing trafficking of illegal contraband between the two countries.
Senegalese troops led West African forces into The Gambia to help oust Jammeh and uphold the outcome of the Gambia shocking election results that brought Barrow to power.
Mr. Barrow stayed in Senegal during the two-month long political logjam ignited by Jammeh’s refusal to cede power and was sworn-in at the Gambia’s embassy in Dakar.
Senegal with the backing of its former colonial master, France, and regional ECOWAS nations gained full international support to be a spine for Mr. Barrow.
Barrow and Sall have since become very close and both leaders say they are independent of one another but would consult and join forces to address the challenges the two nations are facing together.