Monday, February 18, 2013

Macky Sall honours Jammeh’s invitation to the dismay of Gambian dissidents abroad

18 Feb
Senegalese President Macky Sall walks down stairs as he leaves an airplane on October 18, 2012 upon arrival to the Felix Houphouet Boigny airport in Abidjan to attend the 58th Congress of Liberal International (Photo credit: Getty Images)
Senegal’s President Macky Sall has arrived in the Gambian capital, Banjul two hours ago in honour of President Yahya Jammeh’s invitation to grace The Gambia’s 48th independence anniversary to the dismay of Gambian dissidents abroad.

Mr Sall’s visit is clearly against the will of Gambian dissidents abroad, who have sent a letter to the Senegalese president on Saturday asking him to turn down the invitation in the wake of continued human rights violations in the tiny poor west African country.

However, pressure group, the Civil Society Association Gambia, CSAG, said should Mr Sall decide to visit Banjul, they want him  to encourage Mr Jammeh to address and improve his record on human rights, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, freedom of the press and human and sub-regional security.

Sall is seen as an emblem for democracy in the Senegambia-region in particular and sub-regional economic bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in general.

Written by Modou S. Joof

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