Wassa Camara talks of Mile 2 ordeal


By Alagie Manneh Ex-Army officer Wassa Camara, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for alleged involvement in the 2006 Ndure Cham coup plot, but was pardoned in July 2015, has said he and his co-prisoners never thought they will ever come out. “We were under the clutches of a real dictator in Yahya Jammeh,” said Camara, who upon his release had settled in Dakar Senegal until recently. “It’s something that I never believed will happen,” Wassa told journalists during Independence anniversary celebrations. Describing celebrations marking the country’s 52 Independence, Mr Camara said: “Today is the happiest moment that I have ever had in my life. The initial freedom that the Gambia gained from the British Empire was not the real Independence that we have. We were just from the claws of a real dictator, Yahya Jammeh. “Look at me here standing, I was jailed for life. Imprisoned for life and then released after spending 9 years, 4 months and 13 days in prison. “Today I am back witnessing another Independence celebration with a new President, the new Gambia which goes with the mantle of ‘Gambia Has Decided,” a happy Camara said.]]>