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Gambia’s Jammeh Admits ‘I Am A Dictator’

Yahya Jammeh (JollofNews) – President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia has admitted of being a dictator. Mr Jammeh, who is regularly accused of rights abuses, has ruled the Gambia with an aura of mysticism and an iron fist since seizing power in 1994.

Earlier this year, his regime was singled out for its poor rights record in Britain's annual Human Rights and Democracy Report, which cited cases of unlawful detentions, illegal closures of newspapers and radio stations and discrimination against minority groups.

But Jammeh said he is not a dictator who uses force on people, but a dictator of development.

“Oh yes, I am a dictator of development, a dictator of progress, and a dictator that will not be dictated to by outsiders,” he said

In an interview with the London based New African Magazine, Mr. Jammeh added: “In the Gambia I am a servant of the people. We have come a long way, we still have a Yahya Jammeh Yahya Jammeh, 'I am a dictator.'long way to go, but we have depended only on God and other countries that recognise that we are human beings and that we are an independent and sovereign country. And we shall not accept any British person telling us what to do or that homosexuality is a human right and therefore we should legalise it here in the Gambia.

“Well, if they want their countries to be led by homosexuals, that is their business, but not in The Gambia. So if they think it is right, let them practice it there, but not here in the Gambia, do you understand? On governance, when did Africans participate in elections in the colonial era? It seems the idea of human rights, freedom and good governance never applied to their colonial subjects.”

FUNDING
Mr. Jammeh denied that his government is sustained with funds from international organisations. He said 99 per cent of the Gambia’s infrastructural projects were built from proceeds of the country’s natural resources.

He added: “About 99 per cent of the infrastructural projects here have been built from our own national resources. Yes, we have built this infrastructure. We have built this country from the Stone Age.”

Mr. Jammeh further denied that the Gambia is dependent on foreign aid. “We are not dependent on foreign aid, and I don't think if we were dependent on foreign aid for our livelihood I would be taking the decisions I take,” he said.

“I wouldn't be able to follow this position of complete independence. I am fighting for the dignity of the African wherever he or she is, and defending my religious belief. If we are dependent on foreign aid, to be where we are, let them tell the whole world who gave us that aid. Because the West is shamelessly brave about taking credit for other people's efforts, let them tell us what they built for us in The Gambia for all those years that they were here.

“Those who say the Gambia has been built on foreign aid let them show you one infrastructure here that was built with foreign aid. They have never given me a respite, they have been attacking me all the time because of my stance on important issues, which will never change, and then they go ahead and report that the Gambia's success story is due to foreign aid. Foreign aid from which Western country?

“I put my faith in the Almighty Allah and as long as I know that what I am doing is right, I fear nothing. I am used to this negativity from 1994 to date, but would that make me back down from my stance to defend Africa, to defend our interests and our independence? No. I will never back down. A Gambian proverb says an enemy is an enemy, and even if you dance in the water he is still going to complain that you are raising a lot of dust and making him cough.”
Written by PK Jarju

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+1 #12 2013-11-23 09:22
DORMI CHAGA BI
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+2 #11 2013-11-17 15:06
Moss. The only way they can get to us is using our own STUPID brothers and sisters, who have no regard to our existance. The likes of Mike Fish Scales are sponsored by agents of the west to distabilize our societies, so, that they can continue business as usual. trust me those day's are gone. Mike Fish Scales. Will dance his own music whenever he venture going to Gambia under APRC, RULE. Mark my words!!!!!!!!!! !
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+2 #10 2013-11-15 20:46
Like Chow said Mike skales is one of the pale skin devils,so obviously we are not expecting any other type of comments than the ones he is making
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-1 #9 2013-11-14 23:03
Scarlet Pimpernel,(FLOW ER). You are the biggest hypocrite I have ever known. So, you want me to lie. He said that he has being "TORTURED" and you want me to denied that?
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+1 #8 2013-11-14 07:56
Jammeh is lier.if you are not dictator let the poeple free who dont
Surport you.
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+2 #7 2013-11-14 01:35
Radiokangkang , you are the only one ranting about this EU stuff,we are done with it. Your Sheikh knows as he sent his emissary my badgemate at GHS,Ambassador Jagne to beg the EU.
On another note, you are the biggest hypocrite I've ever seen on this earth. Instead of defending the victims of torture, you stay on the side lines waiting for people like Mike Scales to pounce on them. What have you got to say when IMAM BAABA LEIGH confirmed that he was tortured? Stop the none sense ,and stop the psycophancy.
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-4 #6 2013-11-13 21:19
Mike Fish Scales. What is your problem? we said it very clear that U.K/E.U. can keep their "CHICKEN CHARGES" for all we care. IF U.K. Is feeding Gambians,then time will tell. Nonesense!!!!!
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+3 #5 2013-11-13 19:48
I cannot help think Mr Jammeh is incredibly ungenerous to so many nations who have given generously to the upkeep and infrastructural development of today's Gambian people.

They include;

Cuba,Libya,Chin a,Iran,Kuwait,T aiwan,Venezuala , Britain, The combined EU, The USA,
Morocco,Maurita nia,Nigeria etc etc etc.

The International Monetry Fund, The World Bank, The African Development bank and there shareholders...

In fact so many tax payers and shareholders of many different nations around the world.

Not forgetting..Gambian immigrants given jobs, benefits, legal aid and housing and education and the thousands of european holiday makers and food importers who provide trade, foriegn exchange and humanitarian assistance to Gambian communities.

So they {according to Jammeh} can only claim 1%...

Such a claim is very ungambianlike.

Is Mr Jammeh absent minded ?
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+1 #4 2013-11-13 05:53
This is rather puzzling. Usually, criminals admit crimes they were never suspected of involvement. At least, from what i know, reading n watching crime stories.

But confirming what we already knew, looks like a ploy to me. He is probably contemplating making more astounding revelations, n then begging 4 mercy.

The only positive about this revelation is that his blind followers on jollofnews will have one last chance to hear from his mouth that HE'S NO GOOD!
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-9 #3 2013-11-13 00:25
CONGRATULATION TO YOU MR.PRESIDENT.I REALLY RESPECT YOU AND LIKE YOU.GAMBIANS SHOULD NOT BE SLEEPING THEY SHOULD WAKE UP NOW.
YOU ARE THE BEST FOR THE GAMBIA IF AFRICA HAVE TWO PRESIDENTS LIKE YOU HOW WOULD AFRICA BE.I WISH YOU AND ALL GAMBIANS BOTH IN THE GAMBIA AND OUTSIDE THE GAMBIA A HAPPY YUMAL ASURAH
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