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UDP Denounces Jammeh’s Stubbornness On EU Demands

LAWYER DARBOE(Statement) – A few days ago the European Union addressed a 17 point memorandum on the situation in the Gambia to the government which it insisted needed to be addressed.

These points dealt with issues of democracy, good governance and the rule of Law which in normal situations sound obvious and reasonable to any responsible government.

However, we are living in very fluid times and what is normally unexpected is now the expected. Indeed the President reacted in his characteristic manner

President Jammeh in his usual television appearances, surrounded by his ministers and officials, spared no words to lambast and vilify the European Union for blackmailing the country, calling the aid this country gets from the EU as chicken change.

These statements from the president are very unfortunate and misguided. We all know that long before his military takeover, the EU and its former body the EEC had given assistance, within the framework of the Lome Convention and within bilateral cooperation between the Gambia and individual member countries. LAWYER DARBOE

The health, fisheries, water resources and other sectors have all received major assistance that have contributed to the development of this country and the alleviation of poverty.  Such assistance continues to be given to The Gambia.  

It is not in the best interest of the country that our head of State would openly show such intransigence towards a   development partner whose track record of cooperation with our country is exemplary and glaring for all to see.  

The concerns raised by the EU which is the subject of the dialogue under Article 8 should not be brushed aside by of a government that is imbued with any modicum of respect for democracy and human rights.

After all we still host the African commission on Human and Peoples Rights and the least expected of our government is to show a good example and lead the rest of Africa in the adherence to and promotion of the rule of law.

Our constitution provides for due process of law for people accused of committing offences and we are well endowed with infrastructure and facilities to implement this provision. There is therefore no need for arbitrary arrest and indefinite detention incommunicado.

The time has come for us all to do some soul searching. What is all this high handedness and recalcitrance leading us to?  The EU is our major development partner and we can ill afford to do away with what the president calls “Chicken change”.  

We are a small nation trying hard to develop under terrible conditions of underdevelopment. We are not blessed with any resources that can make us stand on our own.  We live in a global village in which interdependence is an absolute imperative. This is not the time for gratuitous conflict with our traditional partners.
 
It is a truism to say that this country belongs to all of us and we in the United Democratic Party will not allow this unfortunate situation to continue.

Most of the issues put forth by the EU are the same demands that the opposition in The Gambia have been fighting very hard to get the government to address.  

The United Democratic Party will therefore consult with other opposition parties to forge a common strategy that will address the interest of the majority of the Gambian people.
 
UDP Secretariat
Rene Blain St
Banjul
Friday, January 11th, 2013

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-2 #18 2013-01-18 09:35
Gambian
Did Darbo get paid for those services? Remember, even the most outrageous criminal secures the services of an attorney to redress his case in common jurisprudence.
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+3 #17 2013-01-18 04:32
Ah banna kora, it was darboe who defended the likes of sheriff dibba and pap cheyassin seck and many others when they were arrested and detained incommunicado. He also defended sanna manneh against saikou sabally after the latter filed a libel suit against the former.

Let's speak with the facts, sir!!!
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+2 #16 2013-01-17 22:44
Quoting RadioKangKang:
Gambia,has survived when most countries under estimated our fathers during Independance that we can't stand alone as a nation,we then prove them wrong. Thanks to Edward Franchise Small,Rev. J.C.Faye,I.B.M. Garba Jahumpha,Sir.Farrimang Senghateh. Just to name a few who were heroes. May their souls rest in peace.
Quoting Banna Kora:
1) Francis Small(RIP) did very little for the the "protectorate".His interest was centred on the Banjulians and how they could maintain their priviledge positions 2)Rev J.C Faye(RIP) absconded from some elders in the Kombo 3) Sir Farimang(RIP) went into serious odds with Sir Dawda because he asked the British to reject Sir Dawda's Republican claims.Very selfish after enjoying the reigns of power4)Only Jahumpa(RIP) could explain why he was flushed out of his Ministerial post by Sir Dawda at Health Ministry in the 60s.
They were never clean in Gambian
How many Gambians did they kill?
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-5 #15 2013-01-17 16:19
Who's this b4africa who knows nothing about Gambian political history?
1) Francis Small(RIP) did very little for the the "protectorate". His interest was centred on the Banjulians and how they could maintain their priviledge positions after "self government".
2)Rev J.C Faye(RIP) absconded from some elders in the Kombo who gave their harvest money to him for safe keeping which he squandered.
3) Sir Farimang(RIP) went into serious odds with Sir Dawda because he asked the British to reject Sir Dawda's Republican claims. Very selfish after enjoying the reigns of power at the then "Government House".
4) Only Jahumpa(RIP) could explain why he was flushed out of his Ministerial post by Sir Dawda at Health Ministry in the 60s.
They were never clean in Gambian politics!
Darbo continues to cling on his Party's Presidential position while he preaches democracy.An opportunist,Dar bo is a living testimony of all the Jawara misrule and never raised a voice.
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+2 #14 2013-01-16 22:02
The EU...don't have to do a thing except wait.

There position is correct and very strong.
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-4 #13 2013-01-14 10:15
Guys,we have to be realistic. I expect opposition collaboration but not unity as long as pdois is alive because they will insist that everything be based on their ideology rather than conventional norms and that where the problem lies. All these fish and chips lectures halifa always throws. In the public space is about hiding that fact. So forget about opposition unity. Let's bet on collaboration of key issues like this one.
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+3 #12 2013-01-14 10:07
Jammeh' 72 percent is even very questionable as the elections were neither free or fair and treated as such by all the opposition parties and ECOWAS. All the other observers raised serious concerns and recommended improvements which are yet to be implemented leading to the opposition boycott of the NA elections in 2012.


Thanks
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+5 #11 2013-01-14 09:52
LION KING...

I think you misunderstand Mr Darboe's position...I don't think he was talking about the voters...He was talking about The Gambians,as a whole..Both within and outside...

You can refer to Jammeh's over 70% votes received at the last elections,but that's less than half a million "Gambians"...There is still over one and a half million who constitute the majority...
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+5 #10 2013-01-14 00:44
Quoting RadioKangKang:
Thanks to Edward Franchise Small,Rev. J.C.Faye,I.B.M. Garba Jahumpha,Sir.Farrimang Senghateh.Just to name a few who were heroes.
These people are heros not only because they stood for their people but more importantly because they don`t torture,kill or send their people in exile whom they were helping.They are remembered for their good behaviour and dictator jammeh will also be remembered for his evil behaviour in these darkest days of our nation´s history.One cannot get his own identity through isolation but through dialogue,negoti ation,disagreei ng and agreeing,and that is what the above named-Gambians did to help us gain our "independent".They were not calling their colonist "to go to hell" and they were not killing the Gambian-brains to acheive what they wanted.Dictator jammeh is a hypocrite who never practice what he preaches,he is fooling himself and your likes in this 21st century.You will soon dance to your own evil tunes.
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+5 #9 2013-01-13 22:53
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The United Democratic Party will therefore consult with other opposition parties to forge a common strategy that will address the interest of the majority of the Gambian people.
WEll said and please act on it,Mr Darboe.This is what we want to hear/see from the oppositions leaders.Only unity is the way forward.The EU or any other international community can only help us but we the Gambians should be ready to hold the bull(dictator jammeh) by the horn and drag him into the slaughter house in order to stop him(dictator jammeh) from bulling. United we stand,divided we fall.
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