Flashback: Gambia 1996 Time flies and human easily forget.
In 1994, Gambian ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, succeeded in overthrowing Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara in the name of liberating the Gambian people from the corruption of the then government. Many Gambians showed him love because he promised to step down after two years but Gambians from different works of life started mounting praises and groomed him to become a dictator; who has been accused murder, disappearances without trace and a host of other gross human rights violations.
In 2016, a group of politicians coupled with angry and energetic young Gambians toured the country, dialogue with the Gambians and then succeeded in voting out Jammeh. This was thought to be the end of impunity and the dawn of democracy, good governance and the respect for human rights.
For the past two years, I’m seeing the repetition of Jammeh’s style of leadership and this, to me, is killing the hope in many Gambians. I’m really concerned that Gambians, in their groups, are organizing themselves to show support to President Barrow in running for the next presidency. Was it not the Gambian people who praised, groomed and molded Jammeh into becoming the person he became? Slowly But Surely! Gambians, be warned!
By: Dawda Nenegalleh Jallow