By Amadou M Jadama
The National Youth Mobiliser for the National Convention Party has slammed Honourable Halifa Sallah, leader of the People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism, who doubles as National Assembly Member for Serekunda Constituency over his statement on Kanilai, describing it as misleading.
FaBakary Danso was speaking to The Standard yesterday at Brikama.
“I want to tell Halifa that he is misleading the Gambian people. UDP’s demonstration on the 14 April 2016 led by the late Solo Sandeng was for peace; no guns, cutlasses, sticks or other weapons.
“They lifted banners bearing slogans demanding for electoral reform with peace and they were arrested by the PIU officers beaten, throwing them in their vehicles and as a result, Solo Sandeng lost his life.
“On the 16 UDP leader Ousainou Darboe and his executives also went out with peace without any arm demanding for Solo Sandeng, dead or alive. They were also arrested and subjected to torture and subsequently they were convicted and sentenced to 3years imprisonment,” he said.
For the Kanilai protesters, Mr Danso continued: “The Kanilai protesters went out with cutlasses, sticks and other materials insulting people, burning tyres on the highway and even threatening some Ecomig forces. And Halifa compared this one with UDP demonstration, he shouldn’t mislead Gambians.
“I want tell Halifa Sallah that Gambians voted out Jammeh because of three things. We don’t have our freedom, killing of Solo Sandeng and the jailing of UDP leader and his executives.
“We are not in politics now; it is time for work. So let us join with President Adama Barrow and his government and work for the interest of the nation.”