“The former ruling APRC party announced on Saturday that it has agreed to form an alliance with President Barrow’s National People’s Party, NPP, for the December 4th presidential election after party founder and ex-president Yahya Jammeh gave approval”.
Standard Newspaper went on to states that “ a key condition for the alliance is allowing former president Jammeh to return to The Gambia and that the condition will come into effect when President Barrow wins re-election. Jammeh was consulted about the talks and had given his blessings to the proposal for the alliance. Whatever we are doing, former president Jammeh is aware of it,”.
From the above statements, it is clear to every honest and decent human being that not only former Dictator Jammeh has participated in negotiation of this political agreement between APRC and NPP but had agreed and approved the key demand for his peaceful return to the country. The agreement also indicates that Jammeh will be offered full amnesty without taking any responsibility for human rights violations that took place during the 22 years of brutality and lawlessness that happened in The Gambia. For Mr Smith to suggest that Jammeh hasn’t been granted amnesty in this formal agreement is also the highest form of deception and misinformation designed to give legitimacy to APRC and NPP alliance for political expediency. Thus the alliance has never been about the supreme interest of the citizens but only about narrow political and security objectives such as to continue dictatorial tactics for entrenchment of Mr Barrow in Banjul and to protect former Dictator Jammeh and his cronies from facing Justice. Therefore Mr Smith’s claims about the APRC and NPP alliance and characterization of media headlines as “misleading and false” are not factual claims. The fact checking or truth squad give four Pinocchios to Mr Smith’s claims for misleading and deliberately distorting facts about the political alliance between APRC and NPP and media headlines. The truth squad’s goal is to keep Mr Smith and his cronies in media honest so that decency and justice could prevail in The Gambia.
Editor’s note: The author’s views do not represent the position of the Freedom Newspaper. Thanks for your kind attention.