Sidia Jatta, the member for Wulli West, has been disclosing to the media on what appeared to be “past private conversations” he had with President Adama Barrow, Freedom Newspaper can report. In a chat with Fatu Camara of the Fatu network, Jatta, explained how Ousainou Darboe, the leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) insisted to be appointed Foreign Minister. Darboe, he went on, told President Barrow that he wants to be appointed Foreign Minister, and would not settle for any other position other than Foreign Minister. According to Jatta, Barrow, had initially tapped him for the portfolio of Minister of Basic and Higher Education. He also said Barrow had wanted to appoint him Foreign Minister, but Darboe, wouldn’t want anyone to occupy that post.
A condescending Sidia Jatta said he told President Barrow that he (Barrow) was dealing with two group of people; one of which, according to Jatta were hungry, and the other weren’t hungry for positions. He said the first batch of Barrow’s appointees happened to fall under the first category, that they were in desperate need of job, while the group that he (Jatta) belongs to weren’t hungry for positions. He pointed out that Halifa Sallah was never offered a Ministerial position.
Jatta, who is an official of the opposition PDOIS party, has recalled when President Barrow confided to him about Darboe’s insistence to be appointed Foreign Minister. Jatta added that Darboe wasn’t also happy that his party, the UDP was part of the coalition government. Darboe, he went on, has accused Dembo Byforce of selling the UDP upon his release from jail.
A quarrel ensued between Darboe and Mr. Bojang and Bojang tendered his resignation from the UDP, he said. It was Halifa Sallah, who pleaded with Dembo to rescind his resignation, he remarked.
According to Jatta, Halifa Sallah tore Mr. Bojang resignation letter and was able to prevail on him to rescind his decision.
Jatta said he was present when Darboe had a showdown with Dembo Byforce Bojang. He said Dembo was angered by Darboe’s accusations. He said without the intervention of Mr. Sallah, Dembo would have left the UDP at the time.
Dembo’s strained relationship with Darboe later became irreparable. He joined Barrow’s NPP party and became its National President. He is also Barrow’s Religious Affairs adviser.
Jatta said Darboe never wanted to join the other parties to form an alliance to remove Jammeh. Darboe, he said, had always insisted that his party was the biggest party, and he wouldn’t join the existing opposition to oppose the then dictator Jammeh.
Jatta never minced his words about the coalition government. He attributed the fragmentation of the coalition to Darboe’s agenda to claim ownership of joint opposition victory. What followed next, he said, was a fallout between Darboe and Barrow.
Jatta maintained an agreement was signed among the Coalition leaders to limit Barrow’s leadership to three years. Barrow, he said, never honored his promise to The Gambian people.
Jatta has also called out Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang during his chat with Fatu Camara. He said Ms. Tambajang disappointed him, when she falsely claimed that no agreement was signed to limit Barrow’s rule to three years. He added that even though Ms. Tambajang had a copy of that agreement, but she decided to traffic such false information to the public. She later became a victim of Barrow’s rule. She was fired from her VP position.