Monday, 05 August 2013 19:02(Opinion) – I have followed the Wowo-gate hullabaloo and wish to caution against jumping to simplistic conclusions just because “Wowo is a foreigner” and because “he works for Jammeh”.
It is a universal principle that “everyone is innocent until proven guilty”. The Truly Great Frantz Fanon stated as follows 61 years ago:
“I believe that the individual should take on the universality inherent in the human condition”.
Many people seem to think that it is their “sovereign right” to disregard this universal principle and the basics of simple logic. It is a universally understood foundation of simple reasoning that a conclusion follows a proposition – and corroboration. Thus a valid argument would proceed as follows: Dida stole money from the bank (proposition), the bank gave Dida’s false cheque to the police (corroboration), Dida is a thief (conclusion).
But many people seem determined not only to put the cart before the horse, but also to short-circuit that globally recognised reasoning process by arguing as follows: Dida is a thief man (conclusion) because my Uncle says so! Or Wowo is a thief (conclusion) because the NIA operative says so.
So what is the evidence upon which the Gambian Diaspora and President Yahya Jammeh seem to have convicted Ex-Chief Justice Wowo?
Firstly, let me say that Wowo should not have attended the meeting at all – and he recognises that. But he could argue that he attended the meeting only because his boss, the Attorney General Lamin Jobarteh, Gambian born and bred, invited him to attend the meeting (it is a fact that an “invitation” from your boss, whichever country in the world you are in, is tantamount to an order).
Secondly, I have listened to the u-tube audio-recording and a couple of things are clear:-
1. All the parties were at this meeting with their lawyers – the plaintive and the defendant. Why would Wowo ask for a bribe from one of the parties to throw the judgement their way - in the presence of the other side? It simply does not make sense.
2. What does make sense is the explanation that puts Wowo in the clear: that he was asking how much one party was prepared to pay the other to settle the case out of court. Judges encourage that to happen every single day in both the UK and USA to settle matters out of court – although indeed the judges normally encourage the parties to negotiate amongst themselves without the judge getting directly involved as happened here.
Was Wowo Set-Up?
Thirdly, we then have to ask a few questions to which we have no immediate answer:
1. When Dr. Jungo Bah and Lamin Jobarteh were fired and arrested, Wowo was re-called from the USA straight away and re-instated in his job (as a supposed “victim” of Jungo Bah and Lamin Jobarteh). Now, did Lamin Jobarteh while Attorney General produce a “report” of this “u-tube meeting” for the President to get Wowo fired the first time round?
2. Who put the recording of the meeting on u-tube?
3. Is there any significance to the fact that the tape-recording of the meeting was put on u-tube after Dr. Jungo Bah and Lamin Jobarteh were fired and detained – and, signicantly, after Wowo was re-instated?
4. The meeting was hosted by the then Attorney General Lamin Jobarteh at his home. Who organised the audio-tape recording of the meeting?
I am, for now, inclined to think that Wowo is indeed a victim of skulduggery in high places. From experience, I have to say that as things stand he has a good chance of being re-instated – again!! I say this because in 2009, while I was in The Gambia, my friend the Sports Minister Mas Axi Gaye, was subjected to the same skulduggery by General Tamba. General Tamba used a friend of his, who was a reporter with The Point newspaper, to tape-record an angry Axi Gaye. Then Tamba gave a “report” to the President. Axi Gaye was fired on the spot – only to be reinstated when General Tamba fell and the circumstances of the tape recording became clear to the President.
Written by Dida Halake
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