The deranged bipolar Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has rebuked the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and Amnesty International for demanding an investigation into the death in custody of an opposition activist, Solo Sandeng according to the Jeune Afrique weekly Sunday.
Dictator Jammeh is said to be infuriated by the comments made by the UN and Amnesty International, who demanded Jammeh to conduct immediate, thorough and independent investigation into the death of Solo Sandeng. “Ban Ki-moon and Amnesty International can go to hell! Who are they to demand that?” said Dictator Jammeh.
Solo Sandeng, the youth president of the Gambia’s main opposition party, United Democratic Party (UDP), died in police custody on the 14th April after being arrested for leading a rare protest calling for electoral reforms in the country.
Since the death of Solo, no government official has come to publicly deny or acknowledge his killing, however, the interior minister Ousman Sonko was said to have admitted to the killing of Mr Sandeng in custody but that was not officially confirm. The information minister, Sheriff Bojang also denied knowing the death of Solo.
However, the Gambian autocratic and deranged leader, Yahya Jammeh was quoted to have said, “I don’t see the point. People die in custody or during interrogations, it’s really common. This time, there is only one dead and they want investigations? I will not,” said the bipolar leader. “No one can tell me what to do in my country.”
Speaking to Jeune Afrique, the Crackpot Gambian leader, said, he is proud to be labelled as a “dictator” and he will not be a “yes man” to any western powers just like other African leaders. He claimed, if he is a dictator, he a congenial one who is a developmental dictator, “I am just a dictator of development,” he said.
“When I took power, this country was one of the poorest countries in the world. This is no longer the case. There is an opposition, an elected parliament, we have one of the best public health systems,” Jammeh asserted.
However, the secretary general of Amnesty International, Salil Shetty damned dictator Jammeh’s “murderous” regime and condemned neighbouring states for not speaking out against it and against the human rights abuses in Gambia.
Shetty urged Senegalese President Macky Sall and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which Mr Sall is the current chair, to speak out and “take their responsibilities” in doing so. Not to do so would be “shameful,” he added.
“In Gambia, things are going from bad to worse. Journalists and civil society are under attack,” Shetty told a rights conference in Senegal where he claimed the results of the upcoming presidential poll were “known in advance”.