WhatsApp(JollofNews) – Contrary to rumours, authorities in the Gambia have not blocked the popular WhatsApp Messenger, which enables people in the West African country to exchange messages with their friends and family without having to pay for SMS.

On Wednesday, some Gambian activists reported that the messenger which enables users to send encrypted messages, documents, images, video, user location and audio messages  to other users using standard cellular mobile numbers was blocked by the regime of President Yahya Jammeh ahead of December’s presidential election.

Others alleged that the messenger was blocked in response to an audio message being circulated to users in the Gambia and abroad warning of an impending armed attack on the presidential palace in Banjul by a group of unnamed insurgents.

But a senior staffer at the country’s  Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure has described the allegation as complete fiction.

The staffer who spoke to JollofNews on WhatsApp Messenger said: “We are not aware of any government directive (s) for WhatsApp or any app to blocked in the Gambia. This is simply untrue, a mere figment of imagination and another attempt to smear the image of the Gambia.”