Essa Dampha, a political aide of President Barrow has branded as politically motivated and totally misleading Binta Nyabally’s testimony at the TRRC, who claimed Adama Barrow and Lamin Cham ran for their lives when soldiers came to Ousainu Darboe’s house in 2016.
Madame Nyabally told the TRRC that Mr Barrow and his personal aide Mr Cham ran to hide when the military came to Darboe’s house after the UDP top brass were arrested for demanding the release of Solo Sandeng.
But speaking in a Standard exclusive yesterday, Mr Dampha said he is curious how and why Binta could only remember the President and Mr Cham.
“What happens to the other UDP men at Ousainu’s house? Was it that only Barrow and Lamin Cham were the only men present there? I think they should be commended for being brave to be at Darboe’s house at that difficult moment,” he said.
Dampha added that Barrow and Cham never hid on that very day Nyabally made reference to. “In fact it was Adama Barrow who locked the compound gate to calm the situation as there were a lot of inflammatory exchanges between the UDP supporters and the soldiers who were outside the compound,” Dampha said.
He added that Binta Nyabally was not arrested, neither was she taken to court.
“The list of those who were charged and appeared in court are Isatou Saidy, Lili Bojang, Sukai Dahaba, Kaddy Samateh, Fatoumatta Sarra and Amie Touray,” Dampha alleged.
Dampha, a vocal supporter of President Barrow said contrary to what Binta Nyabally said, the Gambian leader is undoubtedly one of the bravest men in the Gambia, arguing that Barrow’s bravery is unquestionable by virtue of his decision to stand as UDP candidate and the Coalition that eventually defeated Jammeh at a time when the former Gambian leader was at the height of his brutality.
“Binta only wants to make political capital out of this testimony to ridicule the president,” Dampha concluded.