“Only the supreme court can declare anyone a President. So, I ask anyone of us to respect the supreme law of the republic and await the Supreme Court review on the election result. Our investigations have revealed an unprecedented foreign interference in our elections and internal affairs. And also a sustained smear campaign, propaganda and misinformation,” Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh declared in a late evening national televised address on Tuesday aired on GRTS state media.
Mr. Jammeh also took a jab at the United Nations, the African Union and ECOWAS, for failing to allow his government to be heard during the month long political impasse in The Gambia.
“Even though there is no single fatality or mortality, we have seen the UN Security Council, the African Union, and ECOWAS take an unprecedented and hasty resolution against our Republic and Constitution, but we have also had the support of good people all over the world, who have started to see the truth and understand that the Gambia is a sovereign Republic. Our Constitution is the supreme law and does not allow any organization or law or treaty to supersede it as per section 4 of the Constitution. Supremacy of the Constitution,” Jammeh noted.
Mr. Jammeh vowed to live up to his oath of office come what may. He says he will defend The Gambian constitution to letter.
“That the Constitution does not allow us to enter into any engagement, agreement, or treaty that denigrate the supremacy of The Gambian Constitution. As a President and Commander-in-Chief of our Armed and security forces, and as a Citizen, and in total obedience of my oath of office, I will take all possible steps to defend our Constitution, as per section 6, subsection 2, which makes it the duty of all citizens, to defend our Constitution. Therefore, even where we may disagree, I believe as we can as Gambians, come together and resolve this and any other matter without undue external interference,” Jammeh said.
Mr. Jammeh also talked about using his cabinet to network with the National Assembly to ensure that the country safely transits from the current political impasse.
“Fellow Gambians, cabinet sat and will continue to sit and liaise with the National Assembly, to take all constitutional measures to ensure the supremacy of the rule of law and the Constitution, in the next few days. I assure everyone, that as a Gambian, a Muslim, and a family man, no foreigner can love this country, and holds its highest interest to heart, more than myself, and the majority of Gambians. So, I will also be taking all possible steps within the Constitution and my conscience to do my part to resolve this sad impasse,” he noted.
“As we are all human, and bound to make mistake and only the Almighty Allah, who does not make mistake. We therefore, accept this as a test from Allah, on our faith, individually and collectively as believing people,” he added.
Mr. Jammeh went on to announce a new peace deal to settle the current political impasse. He has tasked his newly hired Secretary General Mousa Jallow, to spearhead the peace deal.
“I, hereby appoint the Secretary General as mediator General, for this trying period and mandate him to:
- Ensure the public and civil service, to continues to work proficiently and without fear or favour, in an apolitical manner in the service of the country.
- To meet with all stakeholders and prepare meetings so that all parties can be heard; and we resolve any mistrust and issues amongst ourselves.
- To work with the Minister of Justice, and the National Assembly, to draft a general amnesty bill to confirm and to ensure that there is no witch hunt; so that we restore a climate of confidence and security within Constitutional mandate.
In this connection, I hereby issue an executive order, to that effect; that nobody be arrested, or prosecuted due to acts of omissions in the pre or post electoral period with effective from November, 1st 2016, to January, 31st 2017,” Jammeh said.
“Fellow Gambians, as the whole world, has seen we continue to exhibit as a people, the highest degree of fraternity, and despite the heated passion, we have maintained to the highest degree the virtues of patience, tolerance, and mutual respect across ethnic and faith line. And for that I personally thank the Almighty Allah, and all of you. I ask all Gambians to forgive each other especially us the political class, and ask that we all continue to work together; to keep and consolidate peace, and harmony in our beloved country. I ask all Gambians, and all residents in The Gambia, to go about their business in peace and security, and assure you that insalla, all will continue to be well and this would soon be resolved in peace. I thank all my brother and sister President, and ECOWAS, the OIC, AU and the UN, for their kind word and support to The Gambia, even if some were mistaken; and also assure them that we Gambians have not gotten here without learning to live and that let live amongst ourselves. I thank you all for your attention. To The Gambia, ever true,” Jammeh concluded.
Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai