Gambia: Shame! Shameless! Shameful!

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Shame! Shameless! Shameful!

UDP´s Ousainou Darboe: Mirrors lie. They don´t show you what´s inside.  „By a lie a man throws away and as it were annihilates his dignity as a man“ (Immanuel Kant) „Lying: Moral choice in public and private life“ (Sessela Bok)

„The most dangerous liars are those who think (and make people believe) they are telling (the people) the truth.“ (late Oumar Bun Jeng). „Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others. (Fyodor  Dostoyevsky)

The logic is simple. The SoS for Foreign Affairs Mr Ousainou Darboe has vehemently denied Gambia Govt (particularly the Ministry he heads) having any knowledge about the chartered flight that brought back home some „45 Gambian deportees from the US on a chartered flight on 7 March 2018.“ But, the US Ambassador to the Gambia C. Patricia “Pat” Alsup who is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service has said; „…Well in advance, the US Government advised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (that is Ousainou Darboe) of the charter flight that garnered recent attention, and the Gambian government authorised (approved and signed) the flight’s landing clearance and arranged for the appropriate personnel (Gambia Immigration officials) to be on hand for its arrival…“

The issue: Gambians were deported from the USA. The Gambia Govt downplayed the number to 36, but in real it was 45 (40 men and 5 women). The Govt simply lied. Families were not informed prior to the flight´s coming. Where is the Govt´s element of „transparency“ that Ousainou Darboe emphasised? Gambians were shocked. Gambians made lot of debates, speculations and questions which arose many accusations and counter-accussations because the Govt was first totally mute).

The two countries, the USA and the Gambia; each gave her own version. But whose is right and whose is false?

-The Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Ousainou Darboe, was speaking to the national broadcaster GRTS Friday evening on the much-talked about deportation of Gambians from the United States. According to Ousainou Darboe “It is the prerogative of the US and any government for that matter to disallow any foreign nationals to continue their stay in the United States and this is what has happened with the deportees.” No body have denied or will deny that any one country have the right to deport/remove other countires´citizens when the host country deems it necessary (but under law). If thats the case, then, why would the same Ousainou Darboe lie and deny that he signed and authorised the flight’s landing clearance and arranged for the appropriate personnel (immigrations) to be on hand for its arrival “? Hypocrisy to the core! Immorality at play. Dishonesty in the soul of the minister Ousainou Darboe.

Deportations/removals are normal and part of international relationships between countries.  What Gambians want to know is why was the public not informed and (the manner and form) in which Gambians were dumped back home like slaves (in „handcuffs and ankle-shackles and waist-chains“). What is the responsibility of the Gambian Embassy in the US towards her citizens? Who is paying the Embassy´s lifeline? The Gambians(tax-money)!

-SoS for Foreign Affairs Ousainey Darboe gave an interview on GRTS (Kerr Fatou Show). Ousainou Darboe tried to treat this show as if it were in a courtroom. It is normal for the hosts to present the issue on hand first (as a Preamble). But Ousainou Darboe angrily started with, „your preambles appear to be very judgmental. I´d have expected questions rather than putting forward your positions…“ These preambles were not even or only positions, but the truth of the situation and can never be treated as if they were opinions. And throughout the show, he just shamelessly evaded the true answers. Bravo to the Show Hosts: Fatou Touray, Nyang Njie (Daddy) and Oulimatou Damel Faal. The answers of Ousainou Darboe is a fine example of unblushing effrontery, careful evasion of important issues, and invented deliberate falsehoods, terrible lies. He takes upon himself to pretend that he had no knowledge of the chartered flight landing on Gambian soil. He lied, and his lie bacame sacred, and he merely threw it into the eyes of the Gambians. The US´s right to deport was not the issue here, but Ousainou Darboe made it as if that was the main point at issue! He does not answer the charge of his Ministry having failed Gambians, but finally, with arrogant effrontery, he says, “the deportees unfortunately fell foul of the law and were convicted in the US…“ This is Ousainou Darboe, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad.  Minister for Gambians Abroad!

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-A Gambian Deportee from the US, Mr Ebou Gaye (Gai) on Kerr Fatou Show spoke of their ordeals… He who experienced it knows it!

Now, Gambians! Who has spoken the truth and who is lying? It doesn´t take one to be a rocket scientish to figure out the truth and the false. Opinions cannot replace the facts. Lies without end! Ousainou Darboe´s deliberate denials is nothing but a spiral of lies that turns around the Coalition Government´s attempt to downplay with these serious National issues. Gambians are no more babies in political diapers.

Ousainou Darboe was caught saying (denying) that the Gambia Government (his Ministry) signed no papers for deportaion and gave no clearances for the landing of the chartered flight to land in Banjul International Airport. Can this be true? Can this be false? Ousainou Darboe is simply lying! “The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.” (Kalu Ndukwe Kalu)

All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason.

The known Facts:

(A) Any country has a rifght to deport or remove any individual(s) of another state from her territories under certain circumstances. Deportation or removal; these, the Gambians say are not the main issue. But „How, the manner (dehumanizing) in which Gambian citizens were brought back home“.

(B)  The Gambian (Ministry of Interior) Immigration Officers have been visiting the USA and EU countries; for the sole purpose of identifying Gambian Citizens and also to making it possible for the issuance to them a „Travel Document“ to pave a way for deportation. Why waste the tax-payers money for such travels when the host country can just dump Gambians back to the Gambia without any words of notice to the Govt? Ousainou Darboe, that makes no sense! Gambians can read in between the lines…

(C)  Those identified and issued with the Travel Documents are lined up for deportation.  Correct. But those unidentified cannot be issued any Travel Documents; and therefore cannot be deported. I just show on TV that „Germany is battling with a 65,000 asylum-seekers (whose cases have been rejected and) lined up for deportation. But this number is without „IDs (Identification Documents) and therefore cannot be deported. „ Countries of origin for these people need to issue the IDs before they could be deported.  Simply, „No IDs, No Deportation“. But Gambias were deported, therefore they were issued IDs. And the Gambian Immigrations (Ministry of Interior) under the orders of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued the Gambians IDs for the deportations. Thats the truth. Why would the US Govt issue threats of Visa bans on Gambia Govt and even implimented it (in Jammeh´s era) if the US can easily dump back Gambians the way Ousainou Darboe has painted the picture? Ousainou simply lied!

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(D)  The same chatered flight that brought the deported Gambians from the USA, landed in Mali but the Malians refused to take in their citizens. Why? „Mali was not aware!“ And „Gambia was not aware“ too, according to Ousainou Darboe. But Gambia still took her citizens. Why? Ousainou Darboe said; „its better to take back our citizens than let them in unknown and unhumain conditions in the USA. (Kerr Fatou)“ Who is Ousainou Darboe fooling here? Ousainou Darboe is simply lying!

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(E)  The Gambia Govt (Ousainou Darboe´s own Ministry) was not aware, but the Ministry of Interior sent in on time, personnel of the Immigration to the foot of the chartered flight! (The US Ambassador confirmed this). The question is then- how did the Department of Immigration got to know about the impending chartered flight bringing in Gambian citizens as deportees from the USA? Who should know first – Ministry of Interior (Internal Affairs) or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (External)? Ousainou Darboe should answer this question! Ousainou Darboe is simply lying!

(F)   No flight, being it commercial, private (e.g. Presidential jets, etc…) or chartered cannot and will not come into another country´s „air space“ without prior information or (agreed)persmission of the target country. Of course, but even in times of „SOS“ e.g. refuelling, hijack, technical problems or fires; permission is sought and obtained before landing. So, who gave the permission for landing of this chartered flight? The Officer(s) at the Airport control tower, GCAA, the SoS for Interior, the Director of Immigration (Gambia) or the SoS for Foreign Affairs? The answer is: Ousainou Darboe himself signed and facilitated the deportation, therefore the landing of the chartered flight; thereby giving the clearance for landing. Ousainou Darboe is simply lying!

(G) If according to Ousainou Darboe „the Gambia Govt was not aware“, why didn´t he (as Minister) summon querry the US Ambassador and give her a „Letter of Protest“ as done always in the Diplomatic Channels. Ousainou Darboe is simply lying!

(H) If according to Ousainou Darboe „the Gambia Govt was not aware“, why didn´t the Gambia Govt „impound“ this chartered flight until they get informed and or like Mali „refuse“ to take her citizens? Ousainou Darboe is simply lying!

(J)    Because of Generals Umpa Mendy and Ansumana Tamba´s case; many heads have rolled at the SIS (NIA) and Immigration Department (especially Airport). So, why had no heads rolled also in this case? Ousainou Darboe´s head alone should roll because he signed the deportations but lied saying the Govt was not aware.

(L)  Lies can never be the truth and truth can never be the lie!

It´s so strange that autumn is so beautiful; yet everything is dying. I cannot but agree more with Mamma Kandeh, leader of opposition Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) when he called on President Adama Barrow to resign and accused the current administration of  “woefully failing the Gambian people. Nothing is working in The Gambia. This is a government without a sense of direction.„ How can the President close his eyes on his Foreign Affairs Minister´s deliberate lies that is undermining his Govt? A Govt that deliberately lies to its citizens cannot be trusted to lead. „ Gambians, you won´t realise until the end, the Barrow Govt have been lying to you from the beginning you were in love with a complete illusion a lie a fraud. Gambians, welcome to the Nation of narcissistic manipulationship.  „The most common lie is that which one lies to himself; lying to others is relatively an exception“ (Friedrich Nietzsche)

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Any body in Ousainou Darboe´s UDP camp and Govt can label me „crazy, anti-Ousainou Darboe or anti-UDP/anti-Mandinkas“ – I don´t just care for that has always been their ways; when Ousainou is correctly criticised; they resort to calling you „enemy of UDP“. That is political immaturity. Such a rubbish move was geared towards Pa-Nderry Mbai (and Freedomnews/Radio) solely by the UDP Mandinka „boys and girls“ in the USA, UK and EU. They announced a „total boycott“ on FreedomRadio as if without them, Pa Nderry Mbai will crumble and disappear from the face of the journalistic earth! Pa Ndery Mbai even went higher and higher to the mountain of fame. And he will continue to prosper. The more you hate Pa Nderry, the more he will live longer. Ousainou Darboe is UDP, but Ousainou Darboe is not the Gambia! The UDP and Mandinkas in total belong to Ousainou Darboe, but the Gambia belongs to him not, but the Gambia belongs to the Gambians (all tribes equally). Here, the size of the tribe plays no roll at all. The Gambia belongs to all tribes and not to the mandinkas alone. It is not for nothing that God kept Ousainou Darboe in Mile II Prisons until after Adama Barrow came to power. Mandinkas are angry and disappointed at Barrow for not giving (as compensation) the post of Vice President to a Mandinka (Ousainou Darboe) and instead to a Fullani (Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang). This was the sole reason for the hatred towards Fatoumatta at the beginning of her appointment. But what is there to compensate Darboe for? What role has he played in the Coalition? Nothing. We all know, Darboe was always for many against such a coalition. He wanted only to be ist leader. What tribe is Adama Barrow? Is he not a Fullani? God has his own good reason. Ousainou is already a spent political force, relegated to the history books of over-ambitious but failed politicians. One better example is Mai Fatty. These two believe it is their „God-Given-Right“ to rule the Gambia, because they are Mandinkas!  Immaturity is the incapacity to use one´s intelligence without the guidance of another. Its simple; I throw on your faces the cold water of wise words of Friedrich Nietzsche; „We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.“ Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.

Finally, The Gambia! You´re always in my heart, You´re always in my soul, You´ll forever be part of me for inside you was my umblical cord buried. The Gambia! I am wishing you a lifetime of happiness from sincere politcians and leaders. It is 100% confirmed that the Gambia Govt received from the German Govt some Euros 11,000,000millions for the youths (returness/deportees) to be helped with „Self-help-projects“ in the Gambia. How much did Gambia Govt received from the US Govt (Mr. Ebou Gai alleged that) US Dollars 40,000,000millions…(Kerr Fatou Show)). Gambia Govt also won a lifting of the Visa ban.

Written By M.A.

Ghanaian-Gambian. I am born in Kossemar/Diabugu-Tenda (Sandu) of a Gambian Mother („AdamaS-S for her Surname) and a Ghanaian Father who worked for „Maurell & Prom“ and the „NTC“ (National Trading Cooperations)… I went to school in Kaabakamba-Basse before relocating to Ghana for my higher education. I now operate in Banjul, London, Dakar, Paris and Accra.

Editors note: The views expressed by the author do not represent the position of the Freedom Newspaper. Thanks for your attention.

From: The World News

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