EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Civil pressure group, ‘Operation 3 Years Jotna’ populated the gate of Gambia’s capital city of Banjul in demand for President Adama Barrow to honour the three-year transitional term agreed by the seven political parties coalition that brought him to power in January 2017.
The procession is relatively calm and peaceful, although security presence is noticeable few metres away from the crowds.
Since his ‘first cabinet meeting’ President Adama Barrow has decided to complete a five-year term as dictated by the constitution of the country, in the words of Vice President Dr Isatou Touray in response to questions at the National Assembly following the President’s ‘State of the Nation’ address.
In line with government permit, the movement began ‘peaceful procession’ from Sting Corner, off the residential zones to the Denton Bridge along the highway to Banjul, where they will hand over a petition to President Barrow.
Demonstrators hold banners and placards showing delegations from different regions across the country.
As Chairman of the group Abdou Njie promised on the eve of the protest, ‘a massive turnout’ is spotted chanting on calls for change in leadership before the 2021 presidential elections.
The government announced on Sunday that the protest wouldn’t be a cause for a ‘public holiday’, noting that people were free to go about their normal errands.
It added that the Peaceful Procession was valid from 10:00AM to 2:00PM, from Sting Corner to some 200 Metres before the Denton Bridge. The Jotna Movement was assigned the right shoulder lane leading to Banjul, while left shoulder-lane remained for motorists.