The people of The Gambia need to act and act now because the status quo cannot remain, just a fortnight ago a police officer put the law into his hands and abused a teenage school girl for no reason. Fortunately, Aminata Manneh otherwise known as Minah Manneh a student at Gambia University, a gender activist and person of decency and dignity saw the injustice and took a video of the abused and share it on social media platform and the next thing was to be arrested by the NIA and she has not been seen since.
The note Minah wrote on her Facebook page about the incident was “This is a total child’s Right violation. Since when does a traffic police officer have the right to lay hands on a young school girl cuz they were fighting?? I mean we all went through this. What has become of our authorities???”. Minah said it all, since when police officers have the right to lay hands on people and what has become of our authorities? Unfortunately Minah, these are the norms of this repressive and brutal regime in The Gambia since July 1994. They started with November 11 coup suspects, continued on to Ousman Koro Ceesay, Dayda Hydara, Ebrima Manneh and on the 10th and 11th April 2000, 16 innocent students were murdered broad daylight still no justice. The list of those killed, maimed Jailed and displaced by Yahya Jammeh’s government is inexhaustive.
Please Yahya Jammeh, can you have the decency as a father and husband to let go this innocent girl Minah Manneh as she commit no crime whatsoever. Since when is it a crime to highlight injustice? Because your government has always denied being brutal and repressive but you can’t deny this because the whole world has seen it. I will like to leave you with this question, Do we Gambians have to continue to live like this?