JAMMEH ACCUSED OF RAPE; AS FATOU TOUFAH JALLOW CLAIMS THAT JAMMEH RAPED HER THROUGH HER ANUS!

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Gambia’s exiled dictator Yahya Jammeh has been accused of rape among other disturbing allegations. The damning allegations were made on Thursday by Fatou Toufah Jallow, a former beauty pageant. She was giving evidence at Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), where she accused Jammeh of using his former July 22nd beauty pageant competition to sexually violate women.

Fatou Jallow was barely eighteen years old, when she first met dictator Yahya Jammeh. She met Jammeh after winning the 2014 beauty pageant competition. The pageantry was sponsored by Jammeh. And its goal was to sponsor outstanding female students to pursue university education overseas.

Her first meeting with Jammeh largely centered around her political affiliation and connections with the exiled diasporan media. Jammeh wanted to know whether she and her parents supported his former ruling APRC party. She was also asked by Jammeh whether she listens to exiled Gambian online radios—such as the Fatu Network and Freedom Radio Gambia. She had denied listening to the two radios during her conversation with Jammeh. She told Jammeh that she could hardly afford bandwidth on her phone to be able to listen to online radios.

The Fatu Network is owned by Fatu Camara, while Freedom Radio is owned by Pa Nderry M’Bai.

Fatou Jallow had met Jammeh on numerous occasions. Each time, she visits Jammeh, she was received on arrival by Jimbay Jammeh, a former Protocol Officer, and relative of dictator Jammeh.

In one of her visits, she said, Jammeh had proposed to marry her, but she refused. She told Jammeh that she wanted to further her education.

On the day in question, Jammeh spoke to his former Moroccan wife Zeinab Souma Jammeh, while Fatou Jallow was in Zeinab’s room. Fatou said she could heard Jammeh telling Zeinab ” good night.” Zeinab was not in town at the time, when the young lady met Jammeh.

But Jammeh maintains that he loves Fatou Jallow and he was interested in marrying her. Jammeh also told her that there was nothing wrong for her to marry a man, who supports her financially.

Jammeh had furnished the family home of Fatou Jallow. He also instructed the National water and electricity company (NAWEC) to install water supply at their home.

Jallow’s refusal to concede to Jammeh’s marriage request had landed her into trouble. She alleged that she was raped by Jammeh, when she was invited to attend an Islamic recitation feast at the State House back in May of 2015.

Ms. Jallow said she was attacked by Jammeh, who grabbed her neck. Jammeh then told her that he was going to inspect her private part to see if she was a virgin. She begged Jammeh to spare her, but Jammeh wouldn’t let her free.

Fatou Jallow says Jammeh then pulled an injection from his pocket and injected her. She lost consciousness because of the drugs that she was injected with.

She recalled Jammeh sexed her through her anus. She had an anal sex with Jammeh. She cried for help during that rough sex. A Gamo prayer vigil was being held at the State House, when she was allegedly being raped by Jammeh, she said.

She said Jammeh appeared angry, when he descended in the room, where she was hosted.

Fatou Jallow was later released and escorted home by one of the State House drivers. She never shared her story with her mum and dad. She had to flee the country and moved to neighboring Senegal, where she secured a visa to Canada. She came back to The Gambia this past June to spearhead a “metoomovement” in The Gambia to combat rape and sexual violence.

Fatou Toufah Jallow was a college student when she was allegedly raped.

Dr. Lamin Cise is the Chairperson for Gambia’s TRRC. Cise describes Jallow’s allegations against Jammeh as disturbing. Cise says Jallow was raped at the State House, a crime, he lamented as a crime against The Gambia and her people. He added that prior to the appearance of Fatou Jallow, another lady also alleged that she was raped at the State House by a former Commander of the State Guards.

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