The Gambia Democratic Congress has expressed dismay at the suggestion that they have any role in the distribution of t-shirts with inscriptions “Gambia has regretted” voting out ex-strongman Yahya Jammeh.
Jammeh, Gambia’s former autocratic ruler, was defeated by a little-known politician, Adama Barrow in the country’s last December election, an electoral upset that shocked the world.
GDC is the second biggest party in Gambia after the United Democratic Party and its founder, Mama Kandeh was a former lawmaker under Jammeh, who later split with him to form his own party.
“The leadership of the Gambia Democratic Congress has learned with serious concern, a rumor of an alleged involvement of the GDC in the widely circulated #GambiaHasRegretted t-shirts,” the party said a statement.
“The party is hereby strongly disassociating itself from the action and will like to affirm our quest towards the consolidation of our fragile democracy.”
Kandeh has been outspoken and vowed to keep the Barrow administration accountable. His criticism towards the government has led the police to question him over allegations he made.
The #GambiaHasRegretted t-shirts have been printed by the Jammeh’s APRC party for their upcoming mega rally at Buffer Zone on October 28, just 10 miles outside the capital, Banjul.
When Jammeh was defeated and refused to cede power, a campaign #GambiaHasDecided was launched by young people to back Mr. Barrow and exhort the former leader to vacate.
(Reporting and Writing by Mustapha Darboe; Additional Writing and Editing by Sam Phatey)