BreakingNews 18/1/17 - Tension Mounts In Gambia - Yahya Jammeh`s Plane On The Tarmac As ECOWAS Troops Arrive Senegal

[ Masterweb Reports: Evelyn Joe reports ] - Dear Readers; This is an unfolding saga. At this hour, after he  shut down four radio stations, declared a 90-day state of emergency,  had the parliament approve a three-month term elongation  while his cabinet ministers are deserting him,  Yahya Jammeh's fueled plane is at the middle of the tarmac in Banjul, the capital. His wife and children already left the country. Why the plane is at that position thickens the tension.

 

According to reports, his South African pilot has been instructed to be on standby amid the political tension and people fleeing from the country. An article indicates Jammeh is recruiting mercenaries.
 
Jammeh, who took power in a coup in 1994, is notorious for his belligerent, bizarre, and sometimes colorful,  behavior.  In May 2016, he told Jeune Afrique, a magazine published in France,  that then UN Secretary General "Ban Ki-moon and Amnesty  International can "go to hell", 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.

He claims to have discovered the herbal  cure for HIV/AIDS.
 Mr Jammeh often replies to international critics with volleys of anti-colonial retorts. In 2013, he abruptly pulled The Gambia out of the Commonwealth, denouncing it as a "neo-colonial institution". He has lashed out at Britain, saying it did nothing for Gambia in 300 years of colonialism, except "to tell us how to sing Baa Black Sheep and God Save the Queen." While at it, he is not without some admirers of the rhetoric.
 
The Gambia's President-elect, Adama Barrow, is in Senegal at the request of ECOWAS for security reasons.

 On Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017, he said his countrymen and women are at the brink of making another world history on Thursday, after defeating Yahya Jammeh in the December 1election.

"We made history on the first day of December. Our future starts tomorrow", he said in a tweet on Wednesday morning. "We made history on the first day of December. Our future starts tomorrow. #Gambia " he said on his twitter handle, @adama_barrow.    

Normally, no military will unfold its plans ahead of an operation. However, military analysts have said that the open deployment of troops by ECOMOG  is indicative of the seriousness to enforce the constitution of The Gambia if Jammeh refuses to step down after his term expires at midnight.  

The Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) is a multilateral armed force established by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). 

 Also, reports from The Gambia said the inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow will go ahead tomorrow in line with the constitution at the independent stadium in Banjul. He will be escorted by security forces from ECOMOG who are on standby at the Senegalese border and will move into The Gambia by midnight.

Other speculations hold that it is possible for the President-elect to be sworn-in at The Gambia's Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.

Stay tuned.

 

Evelyn Joe ( Email: msjoe21st@aol.com ) reports.

 

*Photo Caption - Yahya Jammeh`s Plane On The Tarmac.

 

 
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