LEADING GAMBIAN POLITICAL ACTIVIST SAIHOU MBALLOW DEFERRED HIS PLANNED TRIP TO BANJUL, UNTIL HE MEETS JAMMEH IN NEW YORK IN SEPTEMBER; MBALLOW REJECTS PIERRE MINTEH’S INVITATION TO SPEAK WITH GRTS’S LAMIN MANGA!
A leading member of The Gambian struggle Saihou Mballow has deferred his planned trip to Banjul, until he meets dictator Yahya Jammeh in New York in September of this year, during the United Nations General Assembly Summit, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Mr. Mballow, who earlier had in mind visiting his native country in the middle of this month, said he was contacted by Mr. Pierre Minteh, an official of The Gambian Embassy in Washington DC, who told him that The Gambian authorities have given him (Minteh) the assurance that Saihou Mballow was free to visit home anytime he deems it fit without having the worry of being arrested. Mballow said Minteh also told him that the regime in Banjul, was impressed by his recent statement on Freedom Radio Gambia, welcoming the release of the prisoners.
Pierre Minteh also suggested to Mr. Mballow if the GRTS Managing Director Lamin Manga, could interview him to discuss the pardoning of the prisoners among other issues of national concern. Minteh made the request the very day he phoned Mballow. He told the firebrand political activist that he was instructed by the authorities in Banjul to convey the aforementioned messages to him. But Mballow said he declined Minteh’s invitation for him to speak on GRTS TV. He noted that Minteh’s invitation was impromptu and therefore he cannot be used for any cheap publicity stunt by the dictatorship. Notwithstanding, Mballow maintains that he welcomes the pardoning of the prisoners by dictator Jammeh.
According to Mr. Mballow, Pierre Minteh also asked him if he could visit Banjul before the UN General Assembly due later in September. Minteh also told him he will ensure that he (Mballow) will meet Jammeh before his return to the US to discuss any issue of concern with the dictator.
Mr. Mballow has tasked Pierre Minteh to convey to Yahya Jammeh his message to release Amadou Sanneh, and co. He wants Jammeh to also free the two detained Gambian Americans: Alhagie Mamut Ceesay and Ebou Jobe. Mballow said Jammeh cannot be taken seriously unless he frees the aforementioned people.
Mr. Mballow intends to meet Jammeh if he visits the US in September. He was quick to point out that his planned meeting with Jammeh will not change anything on his stance towards his quest for meaningful political change and reforms in The Gambia. He adds that he will demonstrate against Jammeh’s visit if the dictator fails to live up to democratic norms, freedom, liberties and human rights.
Freedom Radio callers around the world have prevailed on Mr. Mballow to reconsider his decision to visit The Gambia. The majority of the callers are not in support of the trip. They also observed that no sane Gambian should entertain any meeting of any sort with a despot, who had destroyed our country and the fabric of society.