By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Saturday, December 21, 2019.
Gambian and Senegalese troops have recently clashed in the border town of Darsilami, located a few kilometers away from Gambia’s capital Banjul, according to a press release.
According to the release, there was an attempt by the Senegalese troops to enter The Gambia of which Gambian Troops failed to grant them access.
“The incident happened this morning. The Senegalese troops said they wanted to come and greet the Alkalo of Darsilami,” noted one of the sources on the spot.
The Gambia Armed Forces have been having a difficult time accepting the presence of the ECOMIG troops who jammed into The Gambia during the 2016 presidential elections of which former President Yaya Jammeh refused to leave power.
This is merely so because ever since the arrival of the ECOMIG soldiers, The Gambia Armed Forces have lost great power in the hands of these soldiers comprised mainly of Senegalese forces, sources confirmed.
One of the soldiers reported that the issue is just a “miscommunication”. “There was a change of leadership on the Senegalese side and they were on a familiarisation tour. Our troops were not informed of them coming but it has been resolved.”
National Telegraph was also told the issue has nothing to do with The Gambian Army not being happy with the presence of ECOMIG. “In fact, that’s not true. We are very happy to have them here, that’s why our troops are being trained in Senegal for example,” added the source.