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POLITICS: Kandeh breaks silence

After a long absence from holding public meetings, the leader of the Gambia Democratic Congress, Mamma Kandeh has returned.

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By Omar Bah

After a long absence from holding public meetings, the leader of the Gambia Democratic Congress, Mamma Kandeh has returned.

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He challenged governing Coalition partners to be accountable and transparent to the Gambian people.

“They must not disappoint Gambians because when they were forming the coalition they promised the electorate that Barrow will step down after three years and I want to challenge them to come out and tell Gambians what they have agreed on,” he told a well attended political rally in Brikama Saturday.

Kandeh said there is too much confusion because while Barrow is telling people he is not going to step down, others are saying he should. “I have never thought Barrow was going to think of forming his own political party and I am very confident if he had made it clear from the start that he was not going to step down, people like Halifa Sallah would not have supported his candidature,” Kandeh said.

He added: “I believe we should be very careful about any decision we might take in the next presidential election, especially in the case of Barrow. As far as I am concerned there is nothing that he (Barrow) has done in this country that would warrant Gambians to vote for him.”

The GDC leader also branded Ousainu Darboe’s initial comments that Barrow should stay for five years as a monumental mistake, warning that Barrow should not take this as a reason to hold onto power. “If Barrow really wanted to honor the five years he would have condemned Darboe’s comments”.

Mamma Kandeh then urged Barrow to remind himself that he became known through the UDP and he alone would not have ever been a president.

“The UDP played all the needed tactics to ensure Barrow was elected in the Coalition primaries and the GDC knows about that. I am not supporting the UDP and I will not support them, but that is the truth.”

Mr Kandeh further reminded Barrow of his own famous proverb.

“When has it become dark that you, Barrow, failed to recognise the people who made you what you are today?” Kandeh teased.

Mr Kandeh said Barrow should stop beating his chest and listen to good advice and not those looking for their selfish interests.

He assured his audience that the GDC has what it takes to solve the Gambia’s problems and the party has demonstrated that in many examples.

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