By Lamin Cham
The opposition Alliance for Patriotic Orientation and Construction is currently investigating the circumstances that led to the leakage of audio-recorded conversations with their exiled leader and former president Yahya Jammeh.
The audios that are still making rounds on social media are the first time anything has been heard from Jammeh since he left on 22 January 2017.
Though Jammeh was well guarded in his conversation with his executive members, he could be heard encouraging his men to leave everything to God and destiny. He did say without elaborating that he was working on something but stated that he will not respond to the many accusations against him.
Speaking to The Standard yesterday, the deputy spokesman and press secretary of the APRC, Dodou Jah admitted that the audio was recorded at the time of the internal power struggle that erupted in the party recently and had been used mainly to get all concern to know the true state of things and the position of the party leader.
Jah said the audios have always been kept tightly controlled and anytime there was a need to play them to anyone, that person or group is never allowed to be with a mobile or any recording device so as to avoid copying it.
“That is why it came as a big surprise to the party when it was leaked. At the moment we are investigating the matter and we cannot point any finger to anybody yet,” he said.
Asked if the leaking of his private conversation will not disappoint or anger Jammeh, Jah said the former President has not yet said anything about the tapes.
“As far as this matter stands, this is where I can stop Mr Cham. Thank you very much,” Jah added.