President elect Adama Barrow’s Transition Team is denying a Freedom Newspaper news report that President Macky Sall of Senegal, has provided fifteen plain clothe officers to protect President Barrow and his family now towards the inauguration day. The denial was made Mai Fatty, the leader of the opposition Gambia Moral Party (GMC), who phoned us from Banjul to speak on behalf of the Transition Team and president elect Barrow.
“ Mr. Mbai, I am calling you in regards to a story published by the Freedom Newspaper suggesting that President Macky Sall, has provided security to President elect Barrow. For the record, the government of Senegal, has not made any such security protection or offer to President elect Barrow. President elect Barrow has also not made any such request from President Sall. That information is purely inaccurate,” Mr. Fatty said.
“ President elect Barrow and the Transition Team had confidence in our security forces. They are capable of protecting Barrow and the Gambian people. The situation is under control. President Barrow will soon address the nation. I can assure you that there is no foreign security around President elect Barrow. That President elect Barrow had only private security around him. Now we have increased the number of men around him. There is no threat around him. We are receiving cooperation from the outgoing government,” Lawyer Mai Fatty added.
When quizzed as to whether he meant to tell us that President elect Barrow has engaged the services of a private security firm in Sengal, Mr. Fatty maintained that there is no foreign security around Barrow.
The Freedom Newspaper Editor put it to Lawyer Fatty that he stood by his story, and that he has no reason to doubt his sources. Hear Mai Fatty’s reaction: “Mr. Mbai, I am not impeaching your story. I am just making a clarification. I know you are a very good journalist. You have been fair and balanced in your reporting. But the clarification is that President Barrow has not received any security from President Sall.”
Editors note: We want to thank Hon. Mai Fatty and President elect Barrow’s transition team for the timely reaction to our story. We have made it clear to Mr. Fatty that we stood by our story. Admitted, the national security and diplomatic ramifications associated with the said report is high, but at the same time, as journalists, we owe it to our country to report unfolding political developments in The Gambia.
Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai