By Patience Loum, Banjul, The Gambia – Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
The reign of Gambia’s former President, Yahya Jammeh is the most “destructive dictatorship” ever practiced, Bakary Bunja Darboe, leader of the recently established ‘Gambia for All Party’ said.
Bakary Bunja Darboe was Former Finance Minister with Yahya Jammeh. He also served as Vice President of The Gambia under the leadership of Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara (First President of the Gambia from 1970 to 1994).
Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh is a Gambian politician and former military officer who was the leader of The Gambia from 1994 to 2017, firstly as chairman of the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council from 1994 to 1996 and then as President of the Gambia from 1996 to 2017.
Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year rule in the Gambia was marked by widespread abuses, including forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, and arbitrary detention. He sought exile in Equatorial Guinea in January 2017 after losing the December 2016 presidential election to Adama Barrow, the Human Rights Watch said in one of its reports.
Bakary Bunja Darboe, leader of the recently established ‘Gambia for All Party’ said at a press conference, Wednesday, January 8, 2020, the November 2016 elections helped free Gambians from 22-years of dictatorship from Yahya Jammeh. He, however, noted the Gambia still remains under a dictatorship.
It’s clear by all objective standards that in the wake of two decades of misrule, of mismanagement and of institutionalized corruption, the characteristics the country was left with include an extremely weak state with a much-polarised society…, he said.
The leader of Gambia for All Party furthered that the Gambia is a weak and fragile state whose key state institutions are either decimated in an advanced state of decay, adding it’s a fragile state with its economy in the doldrums.