Pierre Minteh tells human rights orgs to stop meddling
Pierre Minteh, the president of the KMC Fan Club, has issued “a stern” warning to human rights organisations to “stop meddling in the affairs of The Gambia”.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Standard yesterday, he asserted: “It is no surprise that Amnesty International and other so-called human rights defenders are meddling in the affairs of The Gambia regarding the implementation of the death penalty. They want to use it to achieve more recognition and financial support to fund their programmes and selfish ends at the expense of Gambian people. They should stop meddling in the affairs of The Gambia. We are a sovereign country which should not be interfered with directly or indirectly in the implementation of our domestic laws.
“Any attempt by any organisation to use any form of political propaganda or assertion of authority to undermine the sovereignty of this country will not be accepted by the patriotic citizens. These organisations should concentrate more on places where there are worse violations of the rule of law and right to free and fair trial. Gambians have faith, trust and confidence in the judiciary which is being manned by competent people with outstanding legal background. So they cannot teach us about upholding the rule of law in this country; they have no mandate over us to force us to do anything”.
He continued: “President Jammeh has sworn as the head of state to uphold the constitution of this country The Gambia. And not only that but to implement the various provisions of the constitution to the letter without fear or favour, affection or ill will. So what is the problem with him implementing the death penalty as provided for in the constitution? I support the execution hundred percent without the least reservation because what he is doing is for our own safety and security.
“Every country has a right to conduct its affairs as the people invested with the power deem fit to secure a bright future for the people. Do these people want us to be killing each other and destroying everything we have achieved over so many years? We will never accept them to undermine the independence of our country to allow the occurrence of things that will only result in the destruction of our country. We value human life in The Gambia and we will not allow anyone to take it without facing the full force of our law. If these people value human life why did they allow Norwegian judges to give a laughable 21 years sentence to Anders Brevik who killed nearly 70 people?”