Gambia: President's death threats spark protests around Africa - Afrik.com : Africa news, Maghreb news - The african daily newspaper
Gambia's President has apparently made an extremely alarming public statement.
Furthermore, I quote the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights
"a campaign by a coalition of pressure groups wants the African Union to remove the headquarters of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights from the Gambian capital, Banjul. A statement from the petition reads: “Mr. Jammeh’s declaration leads us to fear for the safety, security, and lives of ourselves and our colleagues.
This statement last year led up to this years political fallout:
" Gambia’s leader said he will “cut off the head” of any homosexual caught in his country claiming the Gambia was a country of believers while indicating that no sinful and immoral act as homosexual would be tolerated in the country. He warned all homosexuals in the country to leave, noting that a legislation “stricter than those in Iran ” concerning the vice would be introduced soon."
In addition here recently, Gambia's President made a bold statement on TV to invoke the previous statement above:
"If you are affiliated with any human rights group, be rest assured that your security is not guaranteed... we are ready to kill saboteurs. I will kill anyone who wants to destabilize this country. If you think that you can collaborate with so-called human rights defenders, and get away with it, you must be living in a dream world. I will kill you, and nothing will come out of it."
President Jammeh's comment has made the headline in Afrik.com. He has held a strong hand since his coup take over in 1994. His country is poor and depends on the peanut industry for its survival. Lets just hope that the President does not continue to liken his country to Iran's government like he announces publicly in this article. Definitely worth a post and a read!