World Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh, a dictator and ‘proud’ of it

22:52  11 january  2017
22:52  11 january  2017 Source:   France 24

Gambia's electoral commission chief 'goes into hiding'

  Gambia's electoral commission chief 'goes into hiding' The Gambia's electoral commission chief has gone into hiding, his family tells the BBC.There are unconfirmed reports that Alieu Momar Njai, who announced Yahya Jammeh's defeat in the polls last month, has fled the country.

For many in Gambia , the moment when President Yahya Jammeh called opposition candidate Adama Barrow on December 2 to concede defeat in the country’ s presidential election was a historic one. “The Gambian people have spoken, and I have no reason to contest the will of the almighty Allah,” said Jammeh , a self-avowed “ proud ” dictator . “The country will be in your hands in January [2017] and you are assured of my guidance on your transition and in selecting your new government.”

The Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and First Lady Zineb Jammeh arrive for a dinner hosted by President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. Susan Walsh / AP. Jammeh ’ s teenaged daughter, meanwhile, attends an expensive boarding school in Manhattan; her mother occasionally visits. Jammeh is not the only dictator whose family has enjoyed the privileges of American life. Ramfis Trujillo, son of the bloody Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, romped around Hollywood in the 1950 s .

AFP | Longtime Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh smiles as he concedes defeat in the country's presidential election on December 2, 2016 © Provided by France 24 EN AFP | Longtime Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh smiles as he concedes defeat in the country's presidential election on December 2, 2016 Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who has ruled with an iron first for the past 22 years, has tried to remain in power by contesting the results of the nation’s presidential poll before the Supreme Court, after initially conceding defeat in December.

For many in Gambia, the moment when President Yahya Jammeh called opposition candidate Adama Barrow on December 2 to concede defeat in the country’s presidential election was a historic one.

“The Gambian people have spoken, and I have no reason to contest the will of the almighty Allah,” said Jammeh, a self-avowed “proud” dictator. “The country will be in your hands in January [2017] and you are assured of my guidance on your transition and in selecting your new government.”

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As historic elections unfolded in Gambia , the nerves that had steeled him through eight years of working directly under the country’ s volatile dictator were shredded. The 49-year-old had once been Yahya Jammeh ’ s personal butler and saw up close the brutality of the man who ruled with an iron fist for 22 years. “We were so proud of him. He was my mentor,” Njai, speaking by phone in Dakar, recalled of his cousin.

The Gambia ’ s President Yahya Jammeh is about to concede defeat, the electoral commission chairman has told the BBC. Mr Jammeh , who has been in power for 22 years, faced estate agent Adama Barrow in Thursday’s election. Electoral commission chief Alieu Momar Njie said it was unprecedented for a Gambian head of state to accept defeat before the final results. Those two things don't match .. dictator and losing elections .. it 's either he didn't lose or he is not a dictator .

Yet less than a week later, the outgoing president did an about-face. Jammeh appeared on national television to reject the election, which he described as plagued by “serious and unacceptable abnormalities”.

He also condemned the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), prompting the body’s president to flee to neighbouring Senegal out of fear for his safety. Jammeh later formally challenged the outcome before the country’s Supreme Court, which is due to hold a hearing on the motion on January 16.

‘Ban Ki-moon and Amnesty can go to h-ll’

Jammeh, 51, is notorious for his bizarre and, at times, belligerent behaviour. In May 2016, he told French magazine 'Jeune Afrique' that then UN Secretary General “Ban Ki-moon and [the human rights group] Amnesty can go to h-ll” after they called for an investigation into the death of Gambian opposition leader Solo Sadeng while in prison. “Who are they to ask that?” he demanded.

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Jammeh has made no secret of his autocratic rule, vowing to govern “for a billion years if Allah decrees it ”, declaring himself “ proud to be a dictator ” and threatening to bury the “evil vermins called opposition … nine feet deep”. Gambian president Yahya Jammeh says he will not step down. Despite losing election to Adama Barrow, and in face of pressure from West African leaders, Jammeh insists ‘nobody can deprive me’ of presidency.

The Gambian president is also believed to have deployed countless members of the National Intelligence Agency to spy on, and if necessary, arrest his political opponents. The country’s capital Banjul is thought to be one of the most closely watched in Africa.

Disappearances, unlawful imprisonment, mysterious deaths… Jammeh has been accused of using any and all means at his disposal to repress political dissent in Gambia. His ruthless tactics have earned him a reputation as a dictator – a reputation he has embraced. “I’m proud of it,” he told the magazine Jeune Afrique in May.

Jammeh also claims to have miraculous healing powers. In 2007, he boasted to having cured HIV/AIDS using medicinal herbs and magical incantations. He has also alleged to have successfully treated asthma, epilepsy and infertility, often demonstrating his special abilities – which he says he inherited from his father – on television.

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Presidential elections were held in the Gambia on 1 December 2016. In a surprise result, opposition candidate Adama Barrow defeated long-term incumbent Yahya Jammeh . If the outcome of the election is followed by a transfer of power

Gambia ’ s erratic and delusional dictator Yahya Jammeh has accuses western pharmaceutical companies of spearheading a coordinated “conspiracy theory” by doubting his claim of discovering the cure for HIV, the virus which scientists say causes aids. Mr. Jammeh made the accusations on Monday, in Kanilai, his home village, where traditional herbalists converged to commemorate Gambia ’ s traditional medicine day.

Politically isolated

Jammeh was born on May 25, 1965 in Kanilai, a small, touristy village in western Gambia. He is a member of the Jola ethnic group, which is found in Gambia, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau.

His professional career began at the young age of 19, when he joined the military police. Ten years later, Jammeh – a mere army lieutenant – led a mutiny that ended in the downfall of the country’s then president, Daouda Diawara. Although several soldiers tried to challenge Jammeh’s claim to power, the 29-year-old responded with brutal force. Overall, approximately 40 people were killed in the violence.

After seizing power in 1994, Jammeh was elected president in 1996, before being re-elected in 2001, 2006 and again in 2011. A devout Muslim, he replaced Gambia’s official language English with Arabic in 2014.The next year, he proclaimed Gambia an “Islamic Republic”.

While a number of countries worldwide have taken steps in recent years to scrap anti-LGBT legislation, Jammeh has taken the opposite tack, signing a law in 2014 making some “homosexual acts” punishable by life imprisonment. “Homosexuality is not human,” he said at the time.

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Banjul, The Gambia —A Senegalese American businessman, who was trying to sell two of his luxurious cars to The Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh , ended up having his cars taken away from him without been paid, the Freedom Newspaper Mr. Ndoye, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the DC based Sophie-J, LLC, was lured into Banjul, by a Gambian man, through a third party, who informed him that a close confidant of dictator Yahya Jammeh , General Saul Badjie, wanted him (Ndoye) to bring the cars to The Gambia , so that Jammeh can buy the cars from him.

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Yet Jammeh’s increasingly conservative policies have isolated him on the international stage. To make matters worse, he decided in October 2016 to withdraw Gambia for the International Criminal Court (ICC), where his former advisor Fatou Bensouda works as a prosecutor.

“Gambia is at maximum isolation. Some dictators force themselves to play the game on the international level. Not him,” Mehdi Ba, Jeune Afrique’s correspondent in Senegal, told FRANCE 24.

With less than two weeks before Jammeh’s mandate ends on January 19, he has shown no signs of relinquishing power. On January 1, intelligence agents stormed private radio stations Teranga FM, Hilltop Radio and Afri Radio, forcing them to shut down. There have also been numerous arrests, including six opposition sympathisers who were detained for wearing or selling T-shirts with the logo #Gambiahasdecided, according to Human Rights Watch.

“The risk of the repression of all independent and dissident voices will certainly grow as calls for Jammeh to leave power intensify ahead of the end of his mandate on January 19,” Sabrina Mahtani, an Amnesty International researcher who specialises on West Africa, told FRANCE 24.

In the meantime, the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) is working to find a solution in order to ensure a peaceful transition of power. The regional bloc’s president, Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ruled out on Saturday the possibility of deploying soldiers to Gambia, after initially raising the possibility back in December.

"We are committed to a peaceful mediation and a peaceful transfer of power in The Gambia. We will continue to pursue that for now," she said.

Anxious Gambians await former president's departure .
After initially refusing to accept election defeat, Yahya Jammeh has pledged to make way for Adama Barrow and leave countrIn a midnight broadcast on state television after weeks of negotiation, Jammeh pledged to make way for Adama Barrow, the former estate agent who beat him in last month’s elections.

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