By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Saturday, January 18, 2020.
The police chief of The Gambia, a West African country wrapped in numerous political protests, has denied validating the request for a protest by a pressure group, National Telegraph has confirmed.
‘Operation Three Years Jotna’, a group set up to remind Gambia’s President Adama Barrow of his long-standing promise to a Coalition Team was denied a permit to hold the protest, its members told National Telegraph.
The group was given a permit on December 16, 2019, to undertake a peaceful demonstration that witnessed thousands of protesters giving the president an ultimatum to step down peacefully and hand over power on January 19, 2020.
It was however given a denial letter by the Inspector General of the Gambia Police Force, citing the protest could be a threat to national peace and public safety.
Inspector Alh. Mamour Jobe furthermore alerted the Gambian Army, Gambia Police Force, The State Intelligence, and ECOMIG commander of his decision.
On December 1, 2016, seven different political parties came together to form a coalition against former President, Yahya Jammeh who refused to step down after 22 years of serving as president.
Adama Barrow was chosen by the United Democratic Party as the party’s flag bearer and backed by the coalition at the presidential elections but only after President Barrow pledged to rule for only three years, sources say.
Barrow has now astonishingly changed his mind and has said he will serve for five years ‘whether one likes it or not, a move that has sparked a bitter political row. He has now termed those asking him to respect the agreement as distractors.