The leader of Gambia’s opposition United Democratic Party Ousainou Darboe has accused President Adama Barrow of purging suspected UDP supporters in his government, Freedom Newspaper can report. Darboe said two Permanent Secretaries have been moved from their Ministries following Barrow’s suspicion that they were UDP supporters. “Permanent Secretary Drammeh was moved from the Finance Ministry to the Ministry of Agriculture. Permanent Secretary Bulli Dibba was moved to the Foreign Service. He was moved to a country, where activities are pretty much slow. They were redeployed because they suspected that they are UDP supporters,” Darboe told the Kerr Fatou network.
Darboe has also claimed that the Barrow leadership is repeating what he called what the opposition used to accuse the former Jammeh dictatorship. He lamented that the UDP was a victim of Jammeh’s government because workers suspected to have been affiliated with his party, were not only arrested, but sacked.
He said it is unfortunate that the same bad practices are resurfacing in Barrow’s rule. He has accused Barrow of getting rid of workers he suspected of supporting his party.
Darboe was on Kerr Fatou to pay his tribute to the late Solo Sandeng, and the UDP supporters, who were tortured by the NIA, back in April of 2016. He also paid tribute to the late Femi Peters, the late Lang Marong, and the other UDP officials, who had died during Gambia’s democratic liberation struggle.
The UDP leader had also raised the torture that was meted out to Nogoi Njie, Fatoumatta Jawara, Fatou Camara and others during Jammeh’s rule. He says the struggle that the UDP and Gambians had waged to dislodge Jammeh’s dictatorship, has been compromised by Adama Barrow.
He says if it wasn’t Solo Sandeng’s bold struggle against Jammeh’s rule, there wouldn’t be any Barrow rule. He added that the UDP was alone during the April protest marches and therefore should be credited for effecting the change.
He added Solo Sandeng had died for the sake of ushering electoral reform and political change for The Gambia, but the Barrow government hasn’t effect any meaningful electoral reforms since coming into office.
Barrow, he said, is instead using Chiefs and local government leaders to consolidate his rule. He said it is wrong for District Chiefs to campaign for the President.
Darboe has also called on the Barrow leadership to confer the late Solo Sandeng with a posthumous award.
Regarding the expulsion of Sheriffo Sonko from the UDP, Darboe said the move was justifiable. He said his party wouldn’t allow any elected official, representing the UDP to work against the interest of the party. He has accused Sonko of defecting to Barrow’s National People’s Party (NPP).
He maintained that the onus now lies on the Independent Electoral Commission to organize by elections at the Brikama Area Council. Failure of which, he warned that the IEC, stands to be accused of abdicating its constitutional duties.
Darboe said the UDP is more than ready to take part in the BAC elections. He said if his party loses the elections—so be it but maintains that the UDP wouldn’t allow Sheriffo Sonko to represent their at BAC.