GAY RIGHTS CONTROVERSY: JAMMEH TELLS WESTERN DIPLOMATS TO KEEP THEIR AID MONEY!
“If you are going to give us aid money for men and men or for women and women to marry, please leave it. We don't need your aid money because as far as I am the President of the Gambia, you will never see that happen in this country.”
Gambia’s iron fist dictator Yaya Jammeh has asked Western Diplomats assigned to the Gambia to stop providing foreign aid to the Gambia if the promotion of gay rights is part of the preconditions for the Gambia to benefit from their aid money, the Freedom Newspaper can report. Mr. Jammeh who was speaking at the opening of Parliament in Banjul during the weekend, lambasted Zionists accusing them of trying to instill gay culture, which according to Jammeh is alien to the Gambia, and her people.
“If you are going to give us aid money for men and men or for women and women to marry, please leave it. We don't need your aid money because as far as I am the President of the Gambia, you will never see that happen in this country,” said Mr. Jammeh who shocked the Diplomatic Corps sited in Parliament to listen to the raging Gambian despot.
“ We do not need your aid money. You can keep it. We will not encourage ungodly vices alien to our culture. As long as I’m the President of this country, there will be no gay rights. Homosexuality is forbidden in this country. If you are going to deny us aid money because of our opposition to gay rights; then so be it. We will never allow men and men; women and women to date in this country. It will never happen under my watch as President.”
The United States and Britain said gay rights is part of their foreign policy. The US, for example, has zero tolerance for gay discrimination. US Secretary of StateHillary Clinton has publicly defended the administration's support for gay rights. She said gay rights will be considered in Washington's future aid help to Africa and other countries.
Both envoys were in attendance during Jammeh’s ranting on Saturday. The diplomats noted Jammeh’s attacks against the gay community without any formal reaction. They are expected to brief their respective Governments about Jammeh latest bashing of gays.
The President's comments followed the arrest of West African nationals in the Gambia, accused of homosexual practices. Those arrested include: Senegalese, Gambians and Nigerian nationals. That case is pending in court. If convicted, the accused persons risked facing 14 years imprisonment with hard labor.
President Jammeh’s pronouncements against gay rights have far reaching implications. A Gambian political commentator said: “Jammeh is increasingly isolated and is seeking for cheap attention by making such controversial declarations. His regime is notorious for violating the basic rights and liberties of Gambians and non Gambians alike. The suspected gays are the latest causalities of Jammeh’s terror against Gambians. I think he has committed a political suicide without knowing. The gays are very powerful; once they start lobbying against his regime he is done for good!”
A Gambian politician said he suspects that Jammeh is mentally unstable. “ Listening to his pronouncements, and utterances; once is compelled to conclude that Jammeh is mad. A sound leader will not make such irresponsible comments. This man has made the Gambia as a laughingstock of the world. He has no idea about how to run a country. From his false aids cure claims, now he is focusing on gays. Gambians are sick of Jammeh's phony propaganda. This man is a comedian.”
“People in this country are in need of jobs, better living condition, quality education, healthcare, and security. Jammeh is neglecting the economic needs of Gambians. In essence, Jammeh is denying Gambians foreign aid. His actions and comportment suggest that he is anti development. He should stop blaming the West for his own blunder. Gays are not responsible for his misrule.”
Meanwhile, dictator Jammeh is expected to leave Banjul on Sunday for Angola for an official visit. Mr. Jammeh’s trip will last for two days. The trip is meant to further solidify the two countries bilateral ties.
The Angolan press reported that “On the day of his visit, Sheikh Jammeh will meet his Angolan counterpart, José Eduardo dos Santos, at Luanda’s Presidential Palace, where he will be received with military honours and then start with official talks. According to his agenda, the Gambian president will visit Kilamba city in Belas district.”