Officials of the Gambia Democratic Congress GDC have claimed that their application for permit to hold a rally in Brikama last weekend was not replied to.
However, according to an official who spoke to The Standard, the meeting went ahead without the use of public address system.
He further alleged that the police wanted to know the details of the family, occupations and other background of the officials who applied for the permit.
The GDC further claimed that the police did not formally reply to their application but only informed them verbally.
The Standard contacted Police PRO Inspector Foday who promised to get back to us but up until press time his Gamcel line was off and could not be reached when it came on.
Meanwhile, in a statement sent to this media yesterday the Gambia police explained in detail why the GDC leader Mamma Kandeh was recently called in for questioning after allegations believed to have been made by him during a recent rally. According to the police Mr Kandeh was called to substantiate the said allegations that some Coalition stakeholders were squandering and distributing donor money among themselves.
“The reason for the questioning is to gather enough evidence so that anyone found wanting of embezzling the funds will face the full force of law,” the statement said, It stated that the Office of the IGP assures the public that the police do not side with any tribe, party or religion that Mr Kandeh’s invitation for questioning was not at all politically motivated since the police is not an organ of any political party. “No one is above the law, therefore, it is important that whatever one is saying has to be in accordance with the law,” the police statement concluded.