By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Friday, January 10, 2020.
A pressure group dubbed ‘Gambia For Five Years And Peace-Building’, running an agenda to help Gambia’s President stay in power said Tuesday, January 7, 2020, it will be launching a protest to support President Adama Barrow.
The group said the protest is scheduled for January 12, 2020, and will start from Sting Corner Road in Cape Point, Bakau to Denton Bridge in Banjul, Gambia’s capital.
Thousands have demanded the President peacefully steps down and respect his promises. Adama Barrow made a promise to the coalition members back in 2016 that he would rule for three years after which he will hand over power to other political parties.
He has now denied the allegations made against him saying he will rule for five years instead. Gambia For Five Years And Peace-Building said it’s fulfilling its agenda to press for President Barrow to remain in power as prescribed by the constitution.
Speaking to journalists the group’s Secretary, Ebrima Sorie Bah said “300,000 was the target but when we reconciled the projections we realized that we can bring only about 100,000. The t-shirts are being printed, we are printing as much as possible.”
The Secretary confirmed the rendezvous is from Sting Corner to 200 meters from the Denton Bridge. “It’s going to be a be in a procession form. We’re going to appear in our t-shirts, with our placards and banners. Of course, we’re going to petition the President for him to respect the constitutionally sanctioned mandate,” he said.
Bah explained that if the protest fails to succeed other means are already implemented to help in the succession of the agenda. “We will have a Plan B, of course. We will continue to exert pressure on the president to respect the constitution of The Gambia,” he concluded.