Dear Mr. Conteh,

I have read your unfounded allegations you have made against Honorable Lawyer Ousainu Darboe and I must tell you that I am utterly disappointment. A true professional will not form any opinion about anyone on mere allegations! You will do better if you do more research about issues before jumping onto conclusions. As a professor, you ought to know better. Many people will shy away from telling you the truth, but I will not! So let’s get few things straight here.

Firstly, your statement as stated by Freedom medium that: “…the monthly salary of Gambia’s Foreign Minister and U.D.P. leader Lawyer Ousainu Darboe should b[e] garnished by the Adama Barrow government because the politician is owing back taxes to the state in the tune of close to D2 million” is not guided by reason, fact or law! If you have any respect for rule of law, due process, respect for the constitutional rights and liberties of others, you will not be uttering such misguided and misleading statement. I bet you do not know the legal requirement involved before a judicial or quasi-judicial decisions could be enforced. Common sense would dictate that one does not talk about issues he or she has no or limited knowledge of. At least, it will save you from embarrassment. As I said in my previous article, this matter was being challenged in the courts; and stated reasons why the decision couldn’t be enforced, so I will not repeat myself again. If you need legal advice, consult an attorney.   

Secondly, your accusation of Mr. Darboe transforming Gambia’s Foreign Ministry as a UDP political bureau is baseless! Are you not aware of some people complaining that the government is appointment Yahya Jammeh’s loyalists to the foreign services? How does that support or refute your allegations? If Mr. Darboe is transforming the Foreign Ministry as a UDP political bureau then all those appointed, elevated, rewarded will be UDP loyalists. The contrary proves that your allegations are baseless.

Furthermore, you accused Mr. Darboe of nepotism and cronyism but I bet you do not know the meaning of these words. You are an accountant and not a lawyer, so it will be wise to leave the legal jobs to lawyers to do their job. You alleged that Mr. Darboe’s close family members are given preference over qualified Gambians without giving any proof. That’s uncalled for! It seems you have some hidden issues with Mr. Darboe but my advice for you is to be sincere in your criticisms. Mr. Darboe is an honorable man and your attacks on him will only expose, ridicule and reduce you to nothing!

Thirdly, on your plan to form a new political party in The Gambia, I wish you the best of luck, but I know that Gambians are nobody’s fool nowadays and I know for sure that you will fail woefully with your plan as you have been failing with your political dreams! Gambians will no longer be fooled by anyone because he or she believes he or she lives in and/ or is educated in the west. I’m pretty sure that Gambians will choose Honorable Lawyer Ousainu Darboe over you for the following reasons:

  1. Ousainu Darboe is more successful than you. He has spent almost his entire career fighting for civil liberties, equality, rule of law and justice in The Gambia.
  2. Ousainu Darboe has contributed to the personal development of so many Gambians. If it’s because of his desire to help his brothers and sisters you accuse him of nepotism, so be it. A real brother supports his own people and does everything humanly possible for them to be successful.
  3. Ousainu Darboe is loved and widely respected by his people in particular and The Gambian people in general. You are not of Mr. Darboe’s league. So in your preparation to challenge him and UDP, also prepare to fail miserably.
  4. Ousainu Darboe has never abandoned his family (people). So, I can bet that Mr. Ousainu Darboe and UDP will have more support than you, even in your native village. If you want to prove me wrong, try it. Gambians are no longer sleeping.

Finally, it’s often said that “a word for a wise is sufficient.” I will advise you to stop these incessant and unnecessary allegations against Honorable Darboe and UDP. If you have the interest of The Gambia at heart, I urge you to join UDP and work towards the progress of this great country. You will do justice to yourself and save yourself from lots of embarrassments if you heed my advice.

Together we can build a better Gambia!!

For The Gambia Our Homeland!!

Written By:

SAMSIDEEN CONTEH ESQ.

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