The Gambia: PDOIS’s ideological rigidity and NRP’s buffoonery; boon for Yahya Jammeh

By Mathew K Jallow  The needless gratuitous assaults, in reaction to diaspora responses to the political nightmare of the last four weeks, raise the concerns of a baffled dissident movement. Halifa Sallah’s frequent snipes at the diaspora movement are counter-intuitive and unnecessary, considering the unwritten compact that binds Mr Sallah’s political organization with the dissident [...]

The Gambia: Joint ECOWAS, AU. UN mission report; inter-party dialogue miss point

By Mathew K Jallow The tripartite report implicitly exonerates protestations against the unbearable oppression, and, by extension, concedes the prevalence of politics burdened by the state’s crushing overreach, but fell far short of acknowledging the twenty-one years of violence, which underpins Gambian politics. The report is also a rehash of the African Union and ECOWAS [...]

The Gambia: UDP’s Ousainou Darbo; the Gambia’s face of change

By Mathew K Jallow . For a man renowned more for his soft-spoken and gentle mannerism, this is not exactly a simple dog fight. It is more like a gladiatorial battle for the heart and soul of a battered people. What is happening in the Gambia is the predictable outcome of a rudderless regime cruising dangerously [...]