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‘Coalition government must not dodge liberators’

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By Omar Bah

The Imam Baba Leigh of the Kanifing Mosque and leading voice in the fight against former president Jammeh’s tyranny, has said that the governing Coalition government must make themselves available and listen to the people including those who made sacrifices in the struggle to oust Jammeh.
“After all the sacrifices we made in the US to support the Coalition government, it has now become difficult for us to access most government officials,” he said.

He was speaking at the Victims Center on Saturday welcoming the Dec 30 plotters.
“We have seen how party politics is about to divide our country and let no one fool you; all politicians are following their own interest. All they are interested in is who will vote for them. I think when they took over, they said three years but now they are saying five years and after that, they will say another five years,” the outspoken Imam said.

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He said it is typical of all politicians to look for his interest, his son’s interest and then those of his friends while the victims will be last to be called upon.
“We have suffered all forms of torture under Jammeh but we are now forgotten. We must not allow anyone to divide us,” he told the victims of Jammeh at their new center in Kololi.

Imam Leigh further said every Gambian is in one way or the other a victim of Jammeh, “because if Amadou Samba, Isatou Njie Saidy and Yankuba Touray can claim to be victims, then every Gambian is a victim of Yahya Jammeh. But our victimisation totally differs.”

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