EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Spokesperson of Gambia’s former ruling Alliance for Patriotic Re-Orientation and Construction (APRC) party Thursday condemned what he called an act of “hooliganism” by some people of Busumbala village who he accused of attacking their convoy on Wednesday and caused injuries to several members of the party.
Seedy SK Njie, who was one-time former President Yahya Jammeh’s nominated national assembly member and communications minister said they were on their lawful mission on Wednesday when they were attacked by an angry mob at Busumbala.
The Wednesday incident, which sparked a wave of panic in the country, saw a violent confrontation between the APRC members and Busumbala people. It is not yet confirmed who first launched the attack but Mr. Njie said they are “peaceful” people who were on their lawful mission and were attacked by the Busumbala people.
The APRC is currently on a nationwide rally which took them up to President Barrow’s native Village of Mankamang Kunda in the country’s farthest Upper River Region where another serious fight occurred between the party members and the villagers last week. “This is becoming a habit in Busumbala. During our last October rally, the people of Busumbala attacked us damaged some of our properties and they repeat it again and nothing is done about it,” Mr. Njie told Eye Africa TV.
A few number of Police Intervention officers were deployed at Busumbala during the confrontation but they could not contain the chaos. Mr. Njie accused the government of playing a one-sided game, saying they have been attacked several times but nothing has been about it.
The party’s relationship with many Gambians turned sour after their leader and former President Yahya Jammeh loss seat to Adama Barrow in the December 2016 Presidential election. Mr. Jammeh ruled the tiny West African nation for twenty-years during which he was accused of human rights violation and corruption.