The Thursday failed opposition protest has taken a new twist with the leader of the main opposition United Democratic Party Ousainou Darboe, reportedly denying the alleged involvement of his party militants into the incident, even though his party mobilizer Ebrima Sandeng and dozens others are currently under the custody of the state, this medium can reveal. Mr. Darboe was quoted as saying that his party was not part of the election reform peaceful protest march. He has stood his ground. He doesn’t want to make any affirmative pronouncement on the pending legal matter. Darboe’s rebuttal could be premised on legal grounds—given the implications of any admission from his part that his party was behind the protest.
His own party’s Facebook page has taken down an earlier posting exposing the number of the UDP militants detained by the state. Names of the arrested UDP militants were published on the UDP Facebook, but hours later the posting disappeared.
According to a respected source on the ground in The Gambia, the UDP leader has spoken to one of the local newspapers in The Gambia in regards to the West-Field showdown fiasco. Mr. Darboe was on record for having categorically denied the involvement of his party members in Thursday’s protest march.
Close to forty protesters have been rounded up by the NIA. Among the detainees include Ebrima Sandeng, the UDP National Mobilizer. A Gambian resident in Dakar, phoned this paper to report that his uncle one Lang Marong was among the detainees. Another lady, residing in the UK, name withheld also said one of her relatives Falang Sonko, was also under custody. The detainees are yet to be charged.
Highly placed sources said the Kanilai dictator, has given directives for the accused persons to be charged and taken to court. The police have been working with the Justice Ministry, to file criminal charges against the detainees.
The Freedom Newspaper earlier on contacted Lawyer Ousainou Darboe for comment, but he declined saying that “ I must consult my Executive before making any statement.”