“I will call you back Pa Nderry,” Balla Jahumpa, Gambia’s Works Minister told me few minutes ago, when I phoned him on his cellular phone line to Banjul. I was trying to confirm reports circulating that the Jammeh close aide and Chief political strategist has jumped ship. Mr. Jahumpa picked up the phone when called. I introduced myself to him. Before telling him the reason why I was calling him, Mr. Jahumpa remarked: “ I will call you back Pa Nderry.” I interjected: “ I am trying to verify a news story…” Jahumpa interrupted saying “ I will call you back Pa Nderry.”
Mr. Jahumpa, widely known as ACTION MAN, was reported to have fled from the jurisdiction of The Gambia, by a former Jammeh Foreign Affairs Minister and now turned internet blogger. Mr. Jahumpa wouldn’t speak to us when contacted on Monday.
What is clear though, Balla’s Banjul cell line is up and running. We couldn’t establish if he within or outside the country. Mr. Jahumpa was Jammeh’s envoy at the ECOWAS Summit, held in Nigeria over the weekend. He returned to Banjul yesterday. News of his alleged absconding hits the web on Sunday.
When contacted for the second time, Balla picked up the phone, but he wouldn’t talk.