Police deny 3 Years Jotna permit for Second Protest

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Gambia police have denied to approve permit to the pressure group, 3 Years Jotna for a second permit in pursuit for President Adama Barrow to respect the three years agreement he had with the coalition 2016 political party leaders to step down at the end of his three years in office.

A statement from the Inspector General of Police on Tuesday states that they have decided to withhold the granting of permit to the group to hold their second protest.

Last December, following a protracted demand, the group conducted its first procession after gaining approval permit from the police to conduct their constitutional right to freedom of peaceful procession and assembly from Sting Corner in the outskirts of Old Jeshwang to Denton bridge in the capital, Banjul, where they hand their petition to the government spokesperson.

“Following meticulous security assessment, monitoring and intelligence gathering, office of the Inspector General has decided to withhold the granting of permit to the ‘Operation 3 Years Jotna Movement’ due to compelling National Security and Public Safety concerns,” the statement said.

The Inspector General’s office also said acting in accordance with Section 178 of Gambia’s 1997 Constitution, police will continue to deliver on its mandate of protecting life and property and maintaining law and order, assuring the public of the highest sense of security, peace and tranquility at all time.

This now appears that the police are growing tired of protests, having managed a huge gathering by Gambia for Five Years and Peace Building, a pro-Adama Barrow group who also conducted a solidarity match in favour for the president to remain in power for five years.

During his 2016 presidential election campaign, President Barrow promised to lead the country for three years if elected and allow for a fresh election through an agreement with the seven-member party coalition. Mr Barrow came to power in 2016 with the backing of the coalition, ending former president Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year rule.

On January 4, Police occupied the Semega Janneh hall in Tallinding and disband members of the Operation Three Years Jotna form holding a fundraising event, saying the pressure group failed to obtain a permit. The group called the move as a classic example of stifling decent, saying the government simply wants to provoke them into reactions.

Story written by Amie Faye

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