The Gambian leader, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh has vowed that The Gambia under his leadership will not accept any form of democracy of exploitation. According to him, his government will not in any way condone democracy that encourages corruption and brings retrogression to the country.
President Jammeh made this declaration Friday evening while addressing thousands of APRC supporters and militants at Ebo Town in the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) as part of his 2010 'Dialogue with the people tour'.He stressed that people should believe in God, saying, "If you don't believe in God, you can never be grateful to humanity and you are even below a pig".
He continued: "What the West should do to Africa is to say thank you, and at least bring back 25 per cent of what they have looted from the continent and then they can talk about democracy.
The British have nothing to tell me apart from thank you because what I did in 16 years in power, they have not done a quarter of it in 400 years. All the wealth they are enjoying today was stolen from Africa and Asia and they have been here for 400 years and not a single Gambian was in their parliament.
"How many Gambians are being deported from Britain every month and they claim that there is no democracy, and they were stealing from us for 400 years; then why not they allow young Gambians to go and learn democracy in UK. I think now they have increased the visa fee to D6, 000 and if 1000 people apply for visa, out of that only 20 would be lucky to have it. So, is it that you are being refunded if you are denied a visa?
Now if one thousand people apply for a visa costing each D6, 000, then they have stolen from you six million dalasis (D6, 000, 000) just to travel to the United Kingdom, is that democracy."According to the president, the white man is never taken to court in England for killing a Blackman. He then asked: "Is that democracy? Equally in most western countries, they don't even border to investigate the cases of murdering a Blackman, do we call that a democracy?"
The Gambian leader told the gathering that the Western media was created as a propaganda machinery to castigate Africans, saying, "they can say whatever they want but I will do what I want to do for the Gambian people and nobody can stop that".
Responding to concerns raised by some speakers during the Ebo Town meeting, President Jammeh assured them that he will transform the area starting from Old Jeshwang to Abuko through Ebo Town, Tallinding and Faji Kunda in the north of the KMC."I am not telling you this because the election is coming. I am not a politician but I have come to work for you and salvage you from the 400 years of difficulties in colonialism," he said.
The president welcomed and thanked the 102 defectors from the opposition United Democracy Party (UDP) from Bakau and Dippa Kunda for realising and acknowledging the developments undertaken by his government. He promised to extend their main road from the main highway to the river side and three other major roads within Ebo Town. "I want to assure you that before 2012, you will enjoy from whatever social amenities Serrekunda and other areas are enjoying today," he promised.
The president further promised that he will rehabilitate the roads in Bakau and extend the street lights to the New Town and around the Independence Stadium after he finishes with Ebo Town.
Speaking earlier, the minister of Information, Communication and Infrastructure, Alhaji Cham, reiterated President Jammeh's vision to transform The Gambia into a city-state and his commitment to bring telecommunication to standard. He further highlighted the improvements in the communication sector in the country in recent times, saying two major projects were recently approved to boost the communication sector.
Sheriff Gomez, the minister of Youth and Sports, thanked President Jammeh for entrusting on him and his two other colleagues, the affairs of the Kanifing Municipality as liaison officers. He assured the president and entourage of their continued support and used the meeting to urge youths to venture into skilled occupations as they are the future leaders and cream of society.
Ousman Sonko, the minister of Interior warned landlords to desist from harbouring drug users and dealers, saying that if any compound owner is found wanting, he or she will be equally dealt with in accordance with the laws of the land.The Interior minister urged everyone to be watchdogs and report any suspected drug business to the nearest police. He also urged parents to advise their children to stay away from illicit drug-related activities.
For his part, Lamin Kaba Bajo, the minister of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly matters said they are assured of another landslide victory, adding that the tour was just for them to meet the grassroots people and know their problems as required by the constitution. He also commended President Jammeh for transforming The Gambia within 16 years.
Gibril Sanyang, the APRC Jeshwang constituency chairman used the platform to thank the Ecowas Female Parliamentarians (Ecofepa) president, Haddy Nyang-Jagne; the mayor of KMC and APRC national mobiliser, Yankuba Colley; and all the councilors for their support in the successful hosting of the meeting. He also highlighted the achievements of President Jammeh from 1994 to date.
Aji Demba Daffeh, the women mobiliser used the opportunity to appeal for extension of electricity to the remaining areas in Ebo Town and the construction of the major road that connects the main highway to the extreme compounds around the swamps.Aja Fatou Sillah, an opposition UDP stalwart in Bakau who declared on behalf of the 87 defectors from Bakau their intention to join the APRC for development, expressed regret for having been in the opposition for16 years.
Kemo Darboe, another defector from New Jeshwang said: "I was a member of the opposition UDP party and the former PPP party but what I realised in 16 years of Jammeh's government is a cause to be reckoned with." He then pointed out that The Gambia can only be developed by Gambians and no other person.
Another former strong UDP supporter, Pa Sainey Jallow, said he regretted supporting the opposition. "I never knew that I was dealing with the most backward people," Jallow told the meeting.Basiru Gassama, former councilor of Bakau Ward expressed support for President Jammeh's zero tolerance for illicit drug trafficking, and also urged people to rally behind the Gambian leader for more development.
Honorable Fabakary Tombong Jatta, the majority leader and National Assembly member for Serekunda East called on all APRC supporters and militants to register massively as the 2011 election approaches. He advised the party supporters to maintain unity and execute their duties responsibly and effectively.
Yankuba Colley, mayor of KMC thanked the organisers of the meeting for its success.Other speakers at the meeting included Kitim Gibba from Serekunda Central, Abdou Salam Drammeh and Alpha Omar Jallow.