Gambia: EX Kanilai Camp Commander, And Jammeh Close Loyalist Colonel Kawsu Camara Absconds!


A former close aide and loyalist of dictator Yahya Jammeh has absconded from the jurisdiction of The Gambia, the Freedom Newspaper can authoritatively report. EX Army Colonel Kawsu Camara, AKA Bombardeh, is the latest high profile former Army officer to have absconded from the country. Mr. Camara, was among the convicted officers recently “pardoned” by the deranged Kanilai monster. Bombaman, as he is fondly called, has fled the country on the basis that he fears for his life. He has resettled in neighboring Senegal, according to competent sources.

Mr. Camara arrived in Dakar few days ago. He wants protection from the Macky Sall government. He is not convinced that his personal safety and security would be guaranteed under Yahya Jammeh’s rule. Hence, Camara decided to cross the border overnight unnoticed to resettle in Senegal.

Kawsu Camara is a former member of the defunct Gambia National Gendarmerie. He was attached to the Presidential guards prior to the July 1994, coup, which ushered the dictatorial regime of Yahya Jammeh. He rose to the rank of Sergeant. He also had Commando training.

Mr. Camara used to be Yahya Jammeh’s errand boy and close loyalist. He was among the first bodyguards of Jammeh in the early days of the coup. He was later commissioned as an officer, although he has no formal officers training. He was promoted to the rank of Major and subsequently to Colonel. He serves as Kanilai Camp Commander.

Mr. Camara was in the good books of dictator Yahya Jammeh, until in November of 2009, when the former Army Chief Defense Staff (CDS) Lang Tombong Tamba, was accused of coup plot together with Camara and co. Camara was jailed by the superior court on treason charges.

It would be recalled that the former Army Colonel was implicated in the death of Deyda Hydara.  Two former members of Yahya Jammeh’s constituted assassin team known as the jungullars have named Camara as among the soldiers who participated in the murder of Deyda Hydara. Ex-Army Warrant officer Bai Low, and Lance Corporal Musa Sarr have both told Freedom Radio Gambia that Mr. Camara was among the team tasked to kill Mr. Hydara on December 16, 2004.  Mr. Bai Lowe, in particular has confessed that he personally drove one of the vehicles that was used to kill Hydara on the night in question. He also alleged that Mr. Camara was onboard the other vehicle that was used to assassinate the respected Gambian journalist.

Our sources in Dakar said they met Mr. Kawsu Camara. We are making arraignments to have the former Army Colonel to relate his story. Stay tuned.

Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai

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