EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Members of the adamant pressure group -3 years Jotna- are piling pressure on President Adama Barrow to respect the 3-year mandate agreement he had with the coalition 2016 political leaders and step down for a fresh election this December.
Following a protracted demand for permit, Police last week issued a peaceful procession permit to the movement, asking them 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 are expected to hand over their demand to the government representative.
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.
Members of the movement, some of who traveled from all the regions of the country match from Sting Corner to Denton Bridge, calling on Mr Barrow to cede power at the end of three years in office this December as agreed with Coalition 2016 political party leaders.
“What happened in Gambians in 2016 was history. We voted out a dictator without considering who will come next. Our only aim was for Yahya Jammeh to go and we did that,” one of the protesters said at the ground.
In 2016, Gambians decided to vote out a dictator whose 22-year rule was accused of adverse corruption and human right violations.
On Monday morning, roads were virtually empty, businesses shut-down and some schools closed in fear of chaos from the protest.
“This is democracy. We are demanding from President Adama Barrow to respect the three years agreement mandate and hand over the government. It is time to transfer the calabash,” another protester said.
The police permit issued to the Movement guaranteed a peaceful procession from Sting Corner in the suburbs of Jeshwang and stop some 200meters before Denton Bridge, the main artery into Banjul from the Kombos.
At Denton Bridge, the Movement’s representatives are expected to hand deliver a formal protest document to a Government representative to be addressed to President Adama Barrow, detailing their agenda and resentments. The timeline of the procession is from 10:00am to 2:00pm when the crowd is scheduled to disperse.