Monday, October 7, 2013

Gambian opposition leader Ousainou Darboe returns without incident

Accuses Gambia Government of using his party as a "propaganda tool"

Mr Darboe denies running a political party on tribal lines as alleged by Gambia Government (Photo/DailyNews)
Opposition leader Ousainou Darboe arrived in Banjul on Sunday at around 5pm local time from the United States of America where he was on vacation – and was escorted by party militants to his home without arrest.

A Gambia government statement on Friday that painted the main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) as a “Mandingo party” that is being used as a platform for a UK and USA-led “smear campaign against the Yahya Jammeh government” - has led to speculations that Mr Darboe risk arrest upon his return to Banjul.

However, no incident took place. Darboe alighted from the plane at Banjul International Airport and told journalists The Gambia government "must stop misleading Gambians" on issues that are not commendable, according to media reports.

Darboe rubbishes allegations by the government especially those remarks labeling the UDP as a “Mandingo Party”.

“These allegations are baseless and unfounded.  If the government cannot address the current economic hardship it should better stop using the UDP as a propaganda tool,” he stressed.

The UDP is comprised of all Gambian tribes, he said citing Momodou Lamin Shyngle Nyassi, the party’s Propaganda Secretary - who is of the same tribe as President Yahya Jammeh.

Source: TNBES/News Media
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