FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

21 December 2012

Gambia: Minority Leader Calls for Release of Imam Baba Leigh

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Imam Baba Leigh, jailed in the Gambia by the regime of Yahya Jammeh.

The Minority Leader and member for Niamina Dankunku has yesterday taken the government of The Gambia to task for the unconstitutional detention of Imam Baba Leigh and the disappearance of Imam Bakawsu Fofana from the country at the Legislative Chambers in Banjul.

The two outspoken imams are popular for making critical comments on issues affecting the masses. They used the pulpit to condemn injustice, corruption and impunity taking place in the society. Imam Baba Leigh, the Imam of Kanifing Estate Mosque was arrested and detained incommunicado for almost ten days. On the other hand, Imam Bakawsu Fofana was arrested several times and forced into exile for the past months.

"Imagine the case of Imam Baba Leigh who is incommunicado for 10 days. What will that benefit the state?" asserted Hon. Samba Jallow, Minority Leader and member for Niamina Dankunku.

The Minority Leader in his intervention at the adjournment debate at the Parliament argued that the arrest of imam Baba Leigh would tarnish the image of the country. He pointed out the unconstitutionality of keeping the imam incommunicado for more than 72 hours. He urged the authorities to release the imam or take him to court if he has done something wrong.

"This type of things will tarnish the image of the country and the president", he pointed out.

The Niamina Dankunku parliamentarian also raised the issue of Imam Bakawsu Fofana. He asserted that the Imam is in exile for the past months. He said it is concern on the relationship between the religious leaders and the authorities in the country.

"If I have the opportunity I will walk to the president of the republic's office to discuss with him about the issue", Hon. Jallow added.

Meanwhile, the Minority Leader said he is not a person to tarnish the image of the country. He urged members to consider national interest before party affiliations.

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