Friday, April 20, 2012

No Chance for drug dealers: President Jammeh

Gambian President, Yahya AJJ  Jammeh

Gambia’s President, Yahya Jammeh has reiterated that his government maintains its “zero tolerance” against drugs in the country, vowing not to “not give chance” to anyone at any cost.

His renewed frowns on drug trafficking into the country and its usage came Friday when he presided over the State Opening of the 2012 Legislative Session of the National Assembly in the capital, Banjul.  

Jammeh who spoke on a variety of issues also warn parliamentarians that they risk depriving their constituents of development if they keep making mouth unnecessarily. 

You should not argue just for the sake of arguing, opposing everything brought before you, he said, before urging the members of the National Assembly to pass laws that of interest and relevant to Gambians and not the contrary. 

Cocaine bust, estimated to worth $1 billion, June 2010, Banjul. 
As usual, he maintains his stance against sex minorities, homosexuals, whom he warn will be jailed if found wanting. He described homosexuality as ungodly and that not even aid deprivations by donor countries can make him tolerate the act.

“Take your aid away, we will survive. We will rather eat grass than accept this ungodly evil attitude that is anti-God, anti-human and anti-creation,” President Jammeh said, while lamenting the ban of Muslim veils in some western countries, and they want us to “accept gays and lesbians in Africa”.

“It will not happen in this country,” he said.

He noted that his government will put up with international conventions it is committed to, but will pass legislations that will “preserve our cultures and humanity, our dignity, and our identity as one Africans, West Africans and Gambians.” 

His latest comments came at a time when 20 people, majority of them Gambian are put on trial on allegations of acts of homosexuality. The Senegambia Human Rights Defence League recently told the BBC it is worried about the accused given the president’s stance on homosexuals.   

However, Jammeh noted he can be called names, but will not compromise “our dignity, we will not insult our religion, and we will not insult God by doing something in the name of human rights.”

Meanwhile, defence, a portfolio he heads, remains a top priority to the Jammeh administration and as he stated on April 20, his government will continue support to the defence sector of the country and to the armed and security sectors.

Written by Modou S. Joof

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