KANIFING MUNICIPALITY (KMC)—The leader of the United Democratic Party Ousainou Darboe has accused Fabakary Tombong Jatta of instigating the recent political violence between his supporters and the APRC supporters. Mr. Darboe alleged that it was Mr. Jatta, who orchestrated the incident. “ I am going to hold Fabakary Tombong Jatta personally responsible for that as he was instigating such misbehavior,” Darboe told Star FM radio, during an interview.
Mr. Darboe said he will ensure that necessary remedial actions are taken against the agent provocateurs against his party supporters. He accused the APRC of provoking his supporters.
Mr. Darboe, who is Gambia’s Foreign Minister maintains that his supporters have the right to celebrate his party’s electoral victory.
“Our supporters have never interfered with APRC electoral victory celebrations. Never. The APRC has been celebrating their victories over years, and no UDP supporter has ever interfered with their celebrations,” Mr. Darboe added.
Mr. Darboe said he is on vacation. He denied using dictator Yahya Jammeh’s vehicle during the Mayoral campaign trail. He also denied using government vehicles to canvass for votes for the UDP elected Mayoral candidates.
Fabakary Tombong Jatta, the APRC interim Leader has denied Mr. Darboe’s allegations. Mr. Jatta alleged that he was trespassed by the UDP supporters, who allegedly threw stones at his home. He further alleged that the UDP supporters destroyed vehicle windshields and other properties belonging to his family.
“Leaders has to be honest and be dictated by their conscience. If Lawyer Ousainou Darboe goes to say that he blames the APRC because we don’t want them to celebrate… I have a right to be in my family compound,” Mr. Jatta remarked.
“It came to a stage, where they started stoning us to the compound; broke windows; broke vehicle windshields; some of our vehicles that were parked outside; even inside the compound, where we had my sister’s vehicle, the back screen and everything were broken; what is most surprising to us is that the police came up to the gate; our gate to throw teargas while we were in the compound,” he added.
Police spokesman David Kujabi has appealed for calm. He said the police will continue to maintain law and order.
“Given the political situation in this country, one would expect that with the plans put in place, to ensure that incidents of this nature don’t happen; it could possibly happen or has happened; and we as a police force, we will continue to work in partnership with all stakeholders irrespective of what political party, or background they may be; to ensure that peace and security is maintained in this country,” Kujabi told the Freedom Newspaper.
Superintendent Kujabi also called on Gambians to jealously safeguard the country’s much cherished peace. He notes that national development can only be achieved if there is peace and security.
“Trying to tear down each other and vandalize properties and go on committing crimes is not going to take the Gambia forward. We must realize and accept the fact that we are very backward compared to other countries; and unless we begin to see that it is the collective responsibility that we have to work towards the development of the Gambia irrespective of our differences,” Kujabi added.
Dictator Yahya Jammeh’s APRC has ruled the Gambia for twenty-three years. The party couldn’t win any seat in the Mayoral elections.
“ Gambians went for elections to vote for people who vied for positions of Mayor-ships as it happened in the weekend. If a winner has been announced by an IEC, that’s an indication of the general will of the general populace and that should be respected. What is important right now; is to forget about the political affiliation that we have and support whoever who is in position and work towards developing our country,” Spokesman Kujabi observed.
The APRC said it will not okay the results of the elections unless it finishes an investigation mounted by the party.
Fabakary Tombong Jatta, speaking during a news conference on Monday, has called for the resignation of the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission saying he has lost faith in Alieu Mamar Njie.
Mr. Jatta also vowed that the APRC under his leadership will no longer condone any provocation coming from the UDP. He said the party will resort to employing self defense to counter any violence coming from Ousainou Darboe’s party adding even if it means using force.