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kobo



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Posted - 15 Dec 2013 :  20:11:15  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message
1. Gambian Opposition defy fear; Organized political Rally amid threat & Intimidation

Gambian Opposition leaders followed through on their pledged to organize massive political rally this weekend in Serekunda and Brikama. The Saturday rally held at the Buffer zone in Serekunda saw a massive turnout of Gambians to support their opposition leaders. Gambian youths and the elderly all turned up in mass numbers to participate in the political rally.

The rallies were organized amid efforts by Diaspora Gambians in collaboration with opposition leaders to dialogue and bring the opposition together on the same platform. Many Gambians believe that the fear factor that has been instilled in the minds of Gambians could be diminished if opposition leaders are seem together on the same platforms to challenge President Jammeh on his heavy handed rule and dismal human rights records and economic policy failures.

The concept of such a rally was driven from initial efforts of the Group of six (G6) who earlier pledged to not participate in any form of elections until electoral reforms are instituted. However, due to some lack of progress in the group of six an idea was suggested for all political parties to begin building trust and working relationship by organizing political rallies together. Once they are able to build that working relationship and trust they could then forge an alliance to challenge President Jammeh on electoral reform and subsequently contest elections with a possible victory on a level playing field.....

SOURCE: Gainako Online News & Full Report

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Edited by - kobo on 16 Dec 2013 12:02:42

kobo



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Posted - 15 Dec 2013 :  20:57:05  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message









Edited by - kobo on 15 Dec 2013 21:21:32
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kobo



United Kingdom
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Posted - 16 Dec 2013 :  11:18:16  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message

1. Gainako News Gambia’s Opposition Regains Voice

2. Kibaaro News Breaking News: UDP Sympathiser Picked Up After Rally

3. Freedom News UDP Sympathizer Who Works With Freedom Radio To Broadcast UDP’S Buffer Zone Meeting Has Been Arrested!

Edited by - kobo on 16 Dec 2013 12:03:16
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Nyarikangbanna

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Posted - 16 Dec 2013 :  17:16:57  Show Profile Send Nyarikangbanna a Private Message
It is always smooth and none controversial when PDOIS is left of the show.

God bless our republic.


Thanks

I do not oppose unity but I oppose dumb union.
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kobo



United Kingdom
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Posted - 16 Dec 2013 :  22:05:51  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message
1. Opposition UDP, PPP, GMC coalition holds rallies

Published Monday December, 16 2013

A coalition of three opposition parties namely, the United Democratic Party, Peoples Progressive Party and the Gambia Moral Congress on Saturday and Sunday held rallies in Tallinding Buffer Zone and Brikama respectively.

The rallies, which brought together thousands of opposition sympathisers across the regions in the country, were called by the leadership of the parties.

Speaking before a well-attended gathering at the Buffer Zone, Omar Jallow alias OJ, leader of the Peoples Progressive Party, deplored what he called the suffering of Gambians whom he said, live in extreme poverty.

OJ told the gathering that the ruling APRC has for long accused the PPP government of the First Republic of misusing state resources, corruption and underdevelopment of the country, but today the APRC regime is buying cars costing over three million dalasis.

‘‘The APRC government has turn Gambians to become beggars,’’ he said.

Commenting on their coalition, OJ said with strong emphasis that there is no way anyone can split or change their concept. ‘‘Whether you join the bandwagon or not, we are moving and no one can stop us because we have agreed in all the areas,’’ he stated.

He said: ‘‘Come 2016 presidential election, we will issue President Jammeh a red card and this will happen with our collaborated efforts.’’.....

SOURCE: The Point News & Full Report

2. UDP, PPP and GMC hold a Political Rally at Tallinding

Three opposition parties, namely the United Democratic Party (UDP), People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the Gambia Moral Congress (GMC) held a joint political rally on Saturday, 14 December, 2013 at the Buffer Zone near Tallinding in the Kanifing Municipality. Addressing the crowd, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe , Secretary General of UDP, started with a eulogy on the late Mr. Momodou Lamin ‘Shyngle’ Nyassi, a party stalwart who died recently, describing him as someone who fought against tribalism and other political vices and died in the fight for the emancipation of Gambians.

He said the battle for freedom rests on all the opposition parties and genuine Gambians to continue with the struggle. Lawyer Darboe said the youth should take up the fight because both himself and Omar Jallow (PPP) are above sixty-five years now, but that they cannot just sit back to see their grandchildren live under the present situation, adding that they want them to live in a society where political decency and the rule of law prevail.

He further told the youth not to be deluded with mere positions like being a youth wing leader, etc. He said he is concerned with the current situation of the young people who are jobless and still being taken care of by their parents. T

his, he said, is what brought about the illegal migration of the youth to foreign countries. The UDP party leader said when President Yahya Jammeh came to power; he deceived the young people into believing that he was a savior, but added that on the whole his plan was just to become the richest man in the country. He said the President has taken over all businesses in order to enrich himself.

He also questioned the name the country is sometimes called “the smiling coast”, and added that people are bleeding in a country which is a virtual inferno. He questioned how one can call such a country a smiling coast.

On foreign policy which he said is ill-considered, Lawyer Darboe asked for transparency in the country’s relation with China, especially on matters of finance. Darboe also asked for the reasons that led to the breaking up of diplomatic ties with Taiwan. Lawyer Darboe concluded by advising the young people not to allow themselves to be deceived by anyone. He said the political rally is a bandwagon entitled Gambians United for Change and it comprises the UDP, PPP and GMC.

For his part, Mr. Omar Jallow (OJ) of the PPP said the Gambia is suffering and that the people cannot afford anything for themselves as they are being suppressed and oppressed by the APRC regime.

He said they have impoverished the nation and that is why the PPP, UDP and GMC have come together and are united for a single purpose, adding that by the will of God, they are unstoppable.

OJ said the aspiration of every Gambian is the restoration of peace and this, he added, cannot be achieved if President Jammeh and the APRC are not uprooted from power.

He recalled that at the time of the coup in 1994, Jammeh said the country was suffering and that at the time; a bag of rice costs one hundred and thirty dalasi but now it costs one thousand two hundred dalasi.

He also added that he (Jammeh) accused the former president (Jawara) of riding an expensive car which costs one hundred and thirty thousand dalasi, but that he (Jammeh) now rides on cars that worth more than three million dalasi.

He said before the president came to power, nobody knew about Kanilai village but now all sorts of businesses have the name Kanilai.
OJ said before 1994, there was no Gambian beggar, but that now all Gambians are beggars. He said before Jammeh became president, he (OJ) was even richer than him but that now he is a multi millionaire.

He said President Jammeh accused them (PPP) of being thieves, but added that if he does not reveal his source of income to able spend so much money on all his activities then he, Omar Jallow, is accusing him of being worse than the PPP. The country, said the interim PPP, is at a critical stage and that as for them the PPP, UDP and GMC are ready to lay their lives to rescue the people, because the APRC has impoverished everybody in the Gambia. He said he is very optimistic that Yahya Jammeh and the APRC will be dislodged in 2016.

Mr. Pa Jobarteh, who spoke on behalf of Mr. Mai Fatty, the party leader of the Gambia Moral Congress (GMC), said everybody is aware of what is happening in the country. He said the suffering has been protracted and that they should try and stop the injustice taking place.

He said people should fear God and not their fellow human beings. He said the people are the very ones who should tackle the vices by themselves through the ballot box. He urged people to desist from voter apathy and vote for the opposition in the next elections.

The other speakers at the rally included Aja Ndumbeh Njie, Aramata Demba and Mr. Lamin Dibba, who read a message of solidarity on behalf of the Gambians in the Diaspora.

SOURCE: Foroyaa Burning Issues news

Edited by - kobo on 16 Dec 2013 22:09:35
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kobo



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Posted - 17 Dec 2013 :  10:56:14  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message

Opposition Unity Rallies Are Successful

Gambians came out in numbers to attend, hear and participate in long while to very successful political rallies. The rallies, which were spear-headed by Gambians in Diaspora and undertaken by a group of three political parties and sitting independent Members of Parliament, brought home the need for unity, determination and purposefulness in challenging the dictatorship. They allowed opponents of the Jammeh regime to speak out against official tyranny, corruption and gross violations of human rights thus raising confidence among people.

Several high profile speakers made the event a memorable one. OJ Jallow of PPP, GMC representatives, UDP representatives, and civil society activists, all reiterate the goal for Gambians to unite and speak with one voice.

The Bufa Zone Serrekunda Rally held on the 14/12/13 and the Brikama rally held yesterday, demonstrates that, Gambians are prepared to say things as they are and also attack the status quo in bold, plain language that the masses understand.

The political party leaders called on the remaining opposition parties to come and join the efforts for Change. They particularly emphasis the need for people power, which can only come when opposition parties Unite. Their calls was loudly cheered and a chorus of jubilant reactions follows. Each of the three opposition parties brought supporters from all corners of the country, so that, the delegates can understand the need for Unity and such message can reach the remote parts of the Gambia......

SOURCE: Kibaaro News & Full Report
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