OPINION: VIOLENT DEMONSTRATION: LETTER WRITER MAX JARJU ACCUSES THE POLICE AND THE BARROW YOUTH MOVEMENT!

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Dear Editor,

It has now been officially confirmed and acknowledged by every responsible and genuine citizen who cares about democracy and rule of law that President Adama Barrow is indeed a clueless dictator who is only interested in self-perpetuating rule. President Barrow has demonstrated on many different levels that he is not different from his predecessor, former President Jammeh who has ruled The Gambia with iron fist characterized by horrendous human rights violations and economic exploitation. The behavior of The Gambia police force during yesterday’s peaceful protest is once a genuine reminder that President Barrow has perfected his ulterior deeds to return the country to Jammeh’s era dictatorship which symbolized suppression of freedom of speech, association and political assembly. Under President Barrow, we have seen how government continues to lie on daily basis to deceive citizens in order to promote their illegal activities. The Gambia government officials lied once again when they claimed that the peaceful protesters violated the terms of permit given for peaceful demonstration.

In fact , there are various reports which  suggested that Barrow Youth Movement and APRC supporters infiltrated the Three years Jotna Movement and provoked the peaceful protesters or The peaceful protesters were attacked before they could even assembled. This has resulted to the use of tear gas by The Gambia Police Force to disperse the crowd of peaceful protesters and eventual violence confrontation between the Three Jotna Movement and Barrow Youth Movement supported by The Gambia Police force . Thus , the collaboration between the Barrow Youth Movement and The Gambia Police Force was designed to end the long sustained calls for President Barrow to honor the election promise he made to the Gambian people during 2016 presidential election. It was the spirit of accountability, decency and absolute integrity that three years Jotna movement pressures President Barrow to honor his promise he has made with coalition leaders and the Gambian people. This is the constitutional right of the three years Jotna Movement but if President Barrow refuses to honor his words, he shouldn’t have used violence tactic to target Three years Jotna movement. The use of Police brutality to suppress voices of citizenry  has never succeeded in any society .

In fact police brutality and government use of violence strategy for political oppression always embolden the citizenry. This was demonstrated in The Gambia during 23 years of military dictatorship. Jammeh’s regime tactic of using violence campaign to suppress divergent political views resulted to systematic campaign by the opposition both within and outside the country that showcased  human rights violations and economic exploitation The Gambia was experiencing at the time as its evidences are presenting  in TRRC and shown in Janneh’s Commission. Despite the former government long sustained violence campaign against citizens, the former President Jammeh and his cronies were ultimately defeated and he now disgracefully live in exile in Equatorial Guinean where he continues to agitate.

President Barrow is not Former President Jammeh who has more military support and political capital when we compare the two leaders. Therefore , it is a clear stupidity for President Barrow and his cronies to embark on the same route Jammeh took and not expect any challenge , confrontation or agitation from the masses. After 22 years of lies and deceptions , The Gambian people are sick and tired of leaders who lies on daily basis just to stay in power longer than they have promised. President Adama Barrow is a dishonest leader who should never be trusted to serve beyond five years constitutional mandate. Barrow has demonstrated clueless, unpreparedness and lack of intelligent leadership skills since he was installed as President. Today , the economic conditions of citizens have gotten worse since President Barrow was elected. The violence crimes have risen since December 2016. Our healthcare system is in shambles. Tribalism is on rise due to irresponsible behavior and rhetoric of President Barrow’s supporters like Imam Baba Leigh who is on the record to promote identity politics and tribal favoritism just like Jammeh promoted tribalism and tribal hegemony.

Our country’s sovereignty has been undermined and threatened already because The Gambia is under foreign occupation for the past three years without any evidence that Ecomig Forces are on the verge of leaving . Our national security is in the hands of Senegalese military and intelligence who are running the country. After three years in power, President Barrow cannot trust The Gambia’s security forces because his entire security and protection is coordinated and handled by President Macky Sall. This is dangerous game which could lead to significant grievances and encourage our Armed Forces to take extra-Constitutional means to remove President Barrow from Power. The Gambian people would recall that it was such a stupid decision by PPP government that entrusted our national security to then Nigerian military, and that decision encouraged and motivated young military leaders led by Lieutenant Yaya Jammeh to overthrew Jawara’s regime. President Barrow has already embraced the same ill-conceived  strategy since his installation as the third President of the country. By every indication, President Barrow is the least intelligent, unprepared and lack pubic service compares to both Jammeh and Jawara. Jammeh has significant experience in national security and government before he became president while the late former President Jawara had the knowledge, wisdom, training and background to lead the country. The late former President Jawara had university education and was very much aware of the needs and aspirations of the Gambian people. He was a champion of human rights and democracy.

President Barrow is uneducated and poor rent collector who has never used his personal qualifications, experience and background to seek presidency but has entirely depended on vision, experience, integrity and political capital of Lawyer Ousainou Darboe of the United Democratic Party during 2016 presidential campaign. Thus, President Barrow ascent to highest office of the land was simply based on lies and deceptions we are all made to believe at the time . Day after day, we have seen how the regime continues to reverse its silly decisions whenever there is public outrage. President Barrow’s lack of leadership skills and vision resulted to inconsistencies in making decisions. This should be a great concern to all Gambians and we must all take gallant steps to ensure that President Barrow becomes one term President. Adama Barrow has little appetite for reforms that our country badly needs but has huge belly to consume our meager resources for self-perpetuating rule that would ultimately lead to his disgrace and downfall just like his predecessor, former Dictator Yaya Jammeh. There is no Security sector reform taking place since the installation of this administration because Mr Barrow is busy consolidating his personal security with the help of President Macky Sall .

President Barrow’s desire to entrench himself in power was the main he has appointed Mr Yankuba Sonko and Shiekh Omar Faye as Interior and Defense Minister respectively in order to suppress divergent views or voices and calls for him to step down as he has promised the nation three years ago. The Gambian people would recall that both Mr Sonko and Sheikh Omar Faye have questionable integrity in their various roles in the past 22 years of autocratic rule . Instead of Mr Sonko and Mr Faye face the TRRC and tell The Gambian people what was their role and acknowledge of crimes that occurred during their tenure in the past regime , Mr Barrow rewarded these unprofessional and dishonest people with highest position in his administration. These unprofessional people are basically hire to do dirty jobs for him in order to prolong and entrench himself in power as evidenced in recent crackdown on peaceful protesters. It was just last week that APRC officials and supporters staged a massive demonstration which called for the return of former President Jammeh to the country and there was no single police presence during that demonstration despite the horrible human rights violations APRC officials committed in The Gambia . This administration behavior in selective justice and appeasement of APRC officials and supporters should not only outrage any decent citizen who truly cares about the rule of law, democracy and economic development of our country but also motivate and inspire us to end Mr Barrow’s presidency in 2021. Mr Barrow is indeed a disgrace to all those who sacrificed their lives on behalf of our country.

The attack on peaceful protesters and closed of media houses or private radio stations is the last straw that should galvanize all Gambians to stop this administration before it is too late. The recent actions of this administration is an attack on our new found democracy, political freedom , free speech and rights to self determination. President Barrow and his cronies must understand that people of goodwill regardless of political affiliation, tribal identity and religious backgrounds will ensure that The Gambia’s representation by mediocrity ends in 2021. We must take back our country and ends foreign occupation. Our national security and economic development cannot be continuously in the hands of foreign power and their agents who have no historic roots and background to the indigenous people of The Gambia. This must end. We will restore our national honor, identity and pride to our people who deserves better leadership with intelligent vision and integrity to move our country forward.

Thank you

Written By Max Jarju

Editors note: The views expressed by the author do not represent the position of the Freedom Newspaper. Thanks for your kind attention.

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