By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Thursday, December 12, 2019.
The police force in The Gambia has officially granted a permit to a pressure group for a planned protest, National Telegraph has confirmed.
The movement, ‘Operation Three Years Jotna’, aimed at reminding Gambia’s President Adama Barrow of his long-standing promise to his Coalition members and Gambians, in general, has received an official permit from the Gambia Police Force (GPF) to hold a peaceful rally.
The protest to hold on December 16, 2019, is meant to pressure Barrow to remember his December 2016 presidential election commitment. Barrow was chosen as the flag bearer of the United Democratic Party in 2016.
He would later be selected by the Coalition team in the 2016 presidential elections to stand against former President Yaya Jammeh.
According to the Coalition team, President Adama Barrow made a promise that he will stay in power for three years after which he will step aside and allow the other coalition members to vote and decide on a new president.
President Adama Barrow, who recently launched his own political party, has now strongly claimed that he will not leave power until the five years presidential elections which the country’s constitution grants him as president, adding that failure to abide by these rules would mean he’s stepping on the law.
Ebrima Sankareh, spokesperson of the ‘3 Years Jotna’ Movement stated in a recent press release that the “Jotna Movement” is guaranteed a peaceful procession on Monday, December 16, 2019”.
“The procession begins from Sting Corner in the suburbs of Jeswang and stops some 200meters before Denton Bridge the main artery into Banjul from the Kombos.”
The movement, according to Sankareh is expected to deliver a formal protest document to a Government representative. “The document addressed to The Gambian Head of State, Mr. Adama Barrow, details the Movement’s agenda and resentments. The timeline of the procession is from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm when the crowd is scheduled to disperse,” he said.
“Meanwhile, members of the public, the business community and members of the diplomatic and Consular Corps are assured of a very peaceful and orderly procession and should go about their normal businesses. The safety and security of all are paramount and this permit is in recognition of Jotna’s constitutional and democratic right to protest.”