President Adama Barrow of the Gambia has expressed regrets at Monday’s attack on members of the former ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reconstruction and Construction (APRC) by youths of his village.
The APRC members who are on a tour of the country ahead of April’s local government elections were ambushed by youths of Mankamankunda, the home village of President Adama Barrow, who pelted them with missiles.
One member, Muhammed Badjie, 40, from Farato, sustained serious injuries and is currently admitted at the Bansang hospital in the Central River Region (CRR).
Two female members, Rohey Jammeh of Kanilai and Oumie Gibba of Tanjeh who sustained minor injuries were treated and discharged.
Although the matter was reported to the police, no one has been arrested or questioned.
But commenting on the incident, President Barrow expressed regret and called for an urgent investigation. He called on all Gambians to maintain the peace and stability that the country is known for.
“In the New Gambia, incidents of this nature in any part of the country, whether the birthplace of the president or any other place, is regrettable, as we are one people and one nation,” the president said.
He added: “In this spirit of one Gambia, people are encouraged and expected to go about their economic, social and political activities in a responsible and civil manner, as a sure way to jointly build a better and brighter Gambia for all.
“As a responsible government, the natural cause of action to take, as is expected, is to investigate into the incident so as to get to the bottom of it.”