Gambia needs politics of construction, not violence - says Jammeh
YAHYA AJJ JAMMEH
(THE POINT) Incumbent President Yahya Jammeh Wednesday told his ruling APRC supporters that what the Gambia needs
at the moment is the “politics of construction and not politics of
violence”, reiterating his earlier call for a violence-free election on
Jammeh, 46, is seeking a fourth term of office, and he was
speaking Wednesday at a political rally held in Basse in the Upper River
Region, as part of his campaign for the presidential election.
According to him, the politics of violence, insults, intimidation
or trouble has no place in Gambian society, adding that his supporters
should not go in for violence.
The Gambian leader told his cheering supporters that election is
not about violence, insults or troublemaking, but it is all about
expressing one’s constitutional rights as a citizen in a civilized
“Even those people who are not APRC supporters should avoid
trouble in all forms, because if anybody causes trouble in this country,
you will regret it. People must understand that democracy has nothing
to do with violence,” Jammeh stated.
He added that “politics of intimidation and harassment will never be accepted in this country.Even the Holy Quran and Bible disown trouble of all kinds.”
Noting that the ruling APRC is a major political part in this
country, but its supporters are not trouble makers, Jammeh warned that
anyone, whether APRC or opposition supporter who is found causing
trouble, will be dealt with accordingly.
“You cannot force people to vote for you. It is left to them to
decide where to cast their votes because, come polling day, they will
only be alone in the booth with God,” Jammeh noted.
Jammeh went further to warn his APRC supporters to desist from
formenting trouble while addressing political rallies, vowing that
anybody found doing so will have the microphone taken away from him or
He commended the people of the Upper River Region for rallying
behind him and the APRC party since he came to power, noting that they
have proven skeptics wrong.
At another meeting held in Ja-Kunda village, also in the Upper
River Region, the Gambian leader called on his supporters in the
districts of Wuli West, Wuli East and Sandu to nurture the peace and
stability during and after the election results are declared.
“If you see development in any country, know that there is peace
and stability in that country because, without it, it will be difficult
to achieve rapid development,” he said.
“I’m on a tour to thank all Gambians for their support to me over
the past seventeen years, because the Almighty Allah will judge me for
my deeds,” he stated.
Hammeh Jabou Krubally, Chief of Fulladu East district, told the
people of the Upper River Region that President Jammeh’s tour was based
on advise given to him by his mother, Aja Asombi Bojang, to go on a tour
of the country and thank Gambians for their loyalty to him and the APRC
party, for rallying behind him for the past seventeen years.
Aja Mariama Jaw, lady councilor Basse, said there are two reasons why the people of Basse have to vote for President.
According to her, the availability of GRTS radio station in the
town, which was not the case before and the numerous development
projects brought about by the Jammeh administration. These are enough
reasons why the people of Basse should vote for the APRC, she said.
Alhagie Julaba Kora, Chief of Tumana, Alhagie Kibilly Jaguraga,
Chief of Kantora, Aja Isatou Sumareh and Aja Juma Trawally, all promised
President Jammeh of a landslide victory in their various
Also speaking at the Ja-Kunda meeting, Aja Ndey Jatta, APRC
National Women’s Mobiliser, called on the electorate in Wuli West, Wuli
East and Sandu to give their votes to President Jammeh, “if they want
developments projects to be brought to their doorsteps.”
Jatto Sillah, Minister of Forestry and the Environment, who is the
APRC party liaison officer for the Upper River Region, promised the
APRC leadership that come the National Assembly election next year, the
seat for Wuli West constituency which is in the hands of the opposition
will be taken by the ruling party.
“What we are after is not about presidential votes, but the
National Assembly votes because, when it comes to Presidential election,
you vote for President Jammeh but for National Assembly election, you
vote for the opposition NADD party,” he told the electorate, noting that
this seat is what they want to take now.
Chief Junn Bah of Sandu, Chief Ebrima Sorry Juwara of Wuli East,
Lamin Makalo of Wuli West, Alhagie Balla Barrow, Alkalo Ja-Kunda, among
others, all assured President Jammeh of a landslide victory.