Gambia’s president orders investigation into political skirmishes

Gambia’s president orders investigation into political skirmishes

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has ordered an investigation into political clashes that have left several people injured in two villages and a major administrative city.

Supporters of the West African nation’s less than a year old leader and that of ousted authoritarian strongman, Yahya Jammeh were involved in skirmishes in Brikama, Busumbala and Mankamang Kunda, Barrow’s native home.

“As a responsible government, the natural cause of action to take, as is expected, is to investigate into the incident so as to get to the bottom of it,” said Barrow’s Press Secretary, Amie Bojang-Sissoho.

“The President has therefore instructed that the situation is urgently and diligently looked into by the competent institutions so as to avoid repetition of such unfortunate acts.”

Riot police were deployed to contain the situation in Busumbala, where the clashes were the tensest. Police struggle to contain the situation for at least 10 hours. Properties were damaged and several people injured.

A handful of soldiers, mostly West African forces that helped flush Jammeh out of power, provided reinforcement and erected several checkpoints in Busumbala, just outside Brikama.

The police have announced a ban on political rallies citing national security concerns. The country’s police chief, Landing Kinteh has not stated how long the ban will last just three months to the local government elections.

It is the third time in fewer than three months that supporters of Mr. Barrow and the ex-President Jammeh clashed. It is the second in Busumbala and so far, no arrests were made, according to both opposition and government supporters.

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