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Gambia Risk Losing 10m Euros For Poor Human Rights Record

Yahya Jammeh(JollofNews) – The European Union, through the European Development Fund, has withheld 10 million euros of aid money meant for Gambia citing President Yahya Jammeh`s poor human rights record, JollofNews has learnt.

Sources within the Gambian government indicated the decision by the EU body was reached after a vote held by member countries on 30 October. The money withheld was part of 13 million euros identified for the Gambian government for various development projects.

Our sources within the Foreign Affairs ministry said a number of member countries of the European Union feeling averse by the deteriorating human rights situation under the Jammeh regime opposed the disbursement of the whole money.

The member countries are scheduled to vote on the issue on November 21 to decide on whether to issue out the remaining money. Our source said the 10 million euros deducted was intended for the construction of roads “and if the government does not receive the money by the end of the year then it will be retained within the EU budget and the money will not be given to the Gambia as it has to be distributed before the end of the year.” Yahya JammehYahya Jammeh

With an average GDP growth rate of 5%, Gambia has been tipped as one of the most liberalized and best performing economies in West Africa. But poor infrastructure, coupled with an undiversified economic base as well as low level of human capital and governance-related issues have slowed the development process and makes the realization of this dream a distant reality. The EU remains one of Gambia`s major donor partners.

Gambia’s national development plan [Country Strategy Paper for Gambia (2008-2013)] serves as the strategic framework for its co-operation with the EU under its 10th European Development Fund (EDF). Governance, infrastructure and regional interconnectivity constitute the major priority sectors for this.

The overall spending by the EC on Gambia under this 10th EDF funding (2008-2013) is €60.8 million. The EC also support the country in poverty-related issues, including gender equality, HIV/AIDS, environmental sustainability, good governance and human rights. Yet President Yahya Jammeh is on record referring to western aid money like the EU`s as "Chicken Change", and he has on several occasions damned western powers to keep their money instead of dictating to him about his human rights obligations.

Jammeh’s government continue to attract worldwide criticism for the worsening of Gambia`s rights record, including detention and persecution of political opponents. The present persecution of members of the main opposition UDP is fresh in minds. That followed the recent detention and release of Imam Baba Leigh, and several other inhuman treatments meted out to innocent Gambians.

Many observers both within and outside the Gambia who spoke to JollofNews on this issue have urged the EU not to grant the remaining money as it would only “bolster the tyrant`s grip on power”, as one of them put it. Gambians will be closely watching this development.
Written by Kemo Cham

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-1 #5 2013-11-24 10:24
What's wrong with you Gay Lord Imperial sidekick barebacked Mountain residue Mike_Scales.
In Zion we burn battyman. In Babylon you marry them.
Looks like you have no job. You Couch-potato beer-drinking shirt-lifting fatherfucker.
Can you confirm how democratic the commonwealth is? Cock-Sucker.
Bajaw go home to Gambia and kick Jammeh and out otherwise you lot better go rethink or get some psychotherapy. I feel so sorry for innocent Gambians at the mercy of ruthless dictator.
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-1 #4 2013-11-13 20:28
Lets face it...?

For most wealthy African Presidents...

10 million is only loose change in the back pocket.

The EU should send it to The Philipines.
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0 #3 2013-11-10 10:34
Rectification

...which makes it 5 months unpaid...

-should read

...which makes it 6 months unpaid...
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+2 #2 2013-11-10 10:16
...cont from below...

The price of basic daily commodities keeps inflating on regular bases....health care & medication & yaya’s “AIDS cure” remains mystics; My own sister, a qualified teacher confided in me that by end of September 2013, she was owed some 3 month unpaid wages, & was told they will get back to them by December; which makes it 5 months unpaid? Where’s is the growth?? Yaya & his agent-sycophants can pull the ‘wool & ponder’ for a while but not for long.???
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+1 #1 2013-11-10 10:16
Quote “With...average GDP growth rate of 5%, Gambia...tipped as one of the most liberalized...best performing economies in West Africa. But poor infrastructure, coupled with an undiversified economic base as well as low level of human capital...governance-related issues have slowed the development process...makes...realization of this dream a distant reality...EC also support the country in poverty-related issues, including gender equality, HIV/AIDS, environmental sustainability, good governance...human rights. Yet President Yahya Jammeh is on record referring to western aid money like...EU`s as "Chicken Change"...EU not to grant...remaining money as it would only “bolster the tyrant`s grip on power”...Gambians will be closely watching this development.”

Comment:

The 5% GDP growth rate differs realities on the ground in terms of peoples’ lives and realistic economic growth with local Gambians.


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