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Wednesday, 02 January 2013 03:24(JollofNews) – The Gambia’s opposition party, Gambia Moral Congress party (GMC) has renewed calls for the removal of President Yahya Jammeh and his Government.
In its New Year message, Mai Ahmad Fatty, leader of the party said there was little to celebrate for the past year as many Gambians including Imam Baba Leigh remain under custody without lawful cause, and some due to flawed judicial process.
Mr Fatty said the Gambian people remain paralysed by fear while the Government of Mr Jammeh intensified its oppression.
He added: “People get killed for merely voicing their opinion, the media remains severely muzzled, enforced disappearance has become institutionalised and allegations of new devices to kill people under custody with slow acting poison endemically rife.
“The rule of law remains hostage to the law of might. Democracy and good governance have been violently banished, and a life of poverty imposed on a creative, industrious populace. Forced labour for Jammeh replaced the dignity of labour, and the economic and financial resources of our nation have been transformed for the exclusive exploitation of one man as his personal estate or asset. Jammeh has to go.”
Mr Fatty added that over the past year, the Gambia continues to produce the highest number of political refugees per capita in Africa, while the country’s army continues to lose its dominant Gambian character.
He said the Jammeh regime has continued to proliferate orphans and widows, converting the country into a silent killing field. He added that the country’s amended Criminal Code (2004) and related penal legislation have become arsenals of oppression to stifle dissent, while the constitution vociferously raped and desecrated.
He added: “The nation is driving at a senseless velocity in a vehicle without proper breaks. All Institutions of State have been destroyed, and what remains is less than a skeleton of a State. Jammeh has to go.”
The GMC leader commended his colleagues in the opposition, online media, friends of the Gambia and civil society organisations for their indomitable roles in the liberation struggle.
He also paid tribute to his family “who bear the brunt of the sacrifice of deprivation of our minimal resources in favour of the struggle, for my long absence during political sojourn, for being my number one supporters, and for believing in my greatest passion - the liberation of the Gambia.”
Written by PK Jarju
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