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Gambian leader slams African Union over silence on revolts in North Africa

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Bassanda, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. Bassanda

    Bassanda Member

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    Gambian President Yahya Jammeh slammed the African Union for its "unacceptable silence" on the brutal crackdowns on revolts in North African nations and urged Libya's Moammar Gadhafi to step down immediately. "It is ... a shocking reality that in all the happenings, beginning with the crisis in Tunisia, to that in Egypt, and now Libya and countries in North Africa, the leadership of the African Union (AU) neither made a statement nor took action despite the fact that these were uprisings affecting member states," said Jammeh's statement, read on national television by the president's chief of staff Thursday.
    The Gambian government said the least the African Union could have done was to discuss -- as Africans -- how to avert bloodshed. Instead, the Gambians said, the lead has been taken by other non-African nations.
    "The AU should not and cannot play second fiddle in situations as we now see them happening on the continent," Jammeh's statement said.
    "If the AU cannot stop the carnage taking place in some of its member states, then it cannot be in a position to bring a continental government capable of lifting Africa out of abject poverty and under-development. Whether Black or Arab Africa, we are all Africans without discrimination."
    A statement from the chairman of the African Union's commission Wednesday condemned the "disproportionate use of force against civilians" in Libya and deplored "the many human lives lost so far."
    "The chairperson of the Commission reiterates the appeal made by the (African Union) Peace and Security Council for an immediate end of the repression and violence," said the statement from Jean Ping.
    "He stresses that only dialogue and consultation will enable the Libyans to find appropriate solutions to the challenges facing their country and to embark upon the necessary reforms to fulfill the aspirations of their people."
    The Gambian president's statement urged Gadhafi to resign, a somewhat surprising statement given the cordial relations in the past between the two nations.
    He also asked Africans to resist working as mercenaries. There have been reports that Gadhafi has paid non-Arab thugs to help suppress the uprising.
    "We are calling on all Gambians in Libya and around the world not to be used as mercenaries because the current revolution taking place in Libya is one that will not fail, Allah willing," the statement said. "Any Gambian that is captured as a mercenary in Libya should not expect any intervention or support from the Gambia government." SOURCE: CNN.
  2. Evmem

    Evmem Senior Member

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    African Leaders, my foot!!!!!!!!!!!! they are all dictators, ndo maana wamekimya lol! there countries are in havoc how can they talk about Libya! kazi kwa nguvu za umma kwa kwenda mbele!!:mad:
  3. Kiranga

    Kiranga JF-Expert Member

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    Jammeh mwenyewe mzugaji tu.

    Rais mzima kazi kudanganya watu eti ana dawa ya ukimwi.
  4. Mpevu

    Mpevu JF-Expert Member

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    hiki ni kivuli tu cha UMOJA WA AFRICA...AU.
    AU haina maana asilani.
  5. Mallaba

    Mallaba JF-Expert Member

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    I wish this could be my president.
    AU has lost all its credibility as the organ body for Africa.
    I even wonder what they often do on their meetings
    They are almost all hyporitics and opportunists if not cowardness.
    So what is the functions of AU if you cant even have any say upon your members?
    AU go to hell and disapper , ur useless at all
  6. Mallaba

    Mallaba JF-Expert Member

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    "When Africa is burning and the African Union is silent you begin to wonder whether this Organization is serious" - Phandu Skelemani
  7. Mallaba

    Mallaba JF-Expert Member

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    Hilo swala la kudanganya ni suala jingine wala halina tija ukilinganisha na mahitaji ya sasa yanayohitajika.
    kweli, anaweza akawa ni mzugani kama unavyosema, lakini basi anauwezo na nguvu walau ya kuongea kitu, He isnt coward compare to his fellow African leaders.
    Hii yote inaonyesha ni jinsi gani nchi zetu zilivyo za kinafiki na zisizokuwa wazi.
    Leo tumesikia Membe akisea eti TZ haiwezi kuongelea mambo ya Libya kisa cha kuhofia Amani ya watanzania waishio huko..mmh huo ni ukweli ? au kuna jingine zaidi?
    Hii yote inanifundisha kuwa ni tatizo la misaada na kutegemea karibu kila kitu hususani huyo Ghadafi wao.
    Inaonekana jamaa alisha wamaliza kabisa kisa misaada yake anayoitoa kwao..huu ni utu kweli??
    J eutu wetu kweli uwe unauzwa kwa pesa na mali?
    Sio siri nitamkumbuka baba wa Taifa milele.
    yaani hata kuongelea tu wanakataa, je kukemea sasa wataweza?? hii ni aibu tena sio ndogo
  8. Askari Kanzu

    Askari Kanzu JF-Expert Member

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    Political hypocricy at its best!

    President Jammeh rings Funeral bells as his regime is laid to rest

    Published 02/25/2011 - 7:31 p.m. GMT

    Muammar Gaddafi (left) with Gambian President Yahja Jammeh in Venezuela in 2009
    (Photo: AFP)

    As he comes to realise how much Gambians are ready to exert the pressure of citizens' justice, President Yahya Jammeh falls short of a total surrender. Using the events in Libya it was never thought of that Jammeh could become bold enough to tell his mentor and hero Col Gadhadfi to step down. Those who know Jammeh well enough will tell you that he is under some form of influence and caught up by fear of his own demise. It is surprising to many hearing from Jammeh about Libyan leader Gadhafi having ignored writings on the wall.

    Even a little child will pick out the whole sense behind Mr Jammeh calling for Gaddafi to step down as he struggles to accept what lies ahead for him and his government of military outfit. There is no doubt Gadhafi will not only feel disappointed. He is bound to be angry too. If anyone helped Yahya Jammeh consolidate his grip on power, it was Gadhafi who supported him in many ways. In fact, Jammeh copied everything from Gadhafi. What Libyans call the Green Book Revolution, Jammeh turned to exactly that and named everything of the July coup that brought him to forcefully rule Gambian version of the Green Revolution. From party colours of the ruling APRC , to farming; there is no shortage of symbols linking Jammeh and Gadhafi in what both men call the peoples' revolution. Those sycophants who curry favour from Mr Jammeh dress in green materials on all public occasion or even going to work.

    Now Mr Jammeh sharply turned against his master and says that people of Libya revolted because Col Gadhafi overstayed in power. That makes Mr Jammeh the biggest betrayer and full blown hypocrite. Jammeh came to power by the most crude process, a coup. Gambians have never accepted Jammeh all the years since July 1994. It is mainly because most Gambians refuse to endorse Mr Jammeh that he remains bitter about everybody. Jammeh boasts of bringing development to Gambia but ordinary people want their peace more than what Jammeh brags about.

    By making this bold declaration about people speaking and rising against their leader as being a sign of disapproval, Mr Jammeh is simply ringing the funeral bells as his own decaying regime is laid to rest. Gambians can no longer feed on empty promises and ghost development projects. Mr Jammeh says that Gadhafi should not have used guns to shoot down protestors. Does that mean that when confronted by angry Gambian mob for him to step out of power Jammeh will not shoot them down? Is this another way of Jammeh surrendering before he gets caught up?

    Keen observers are still busy analysing the whole speech brewing from Mr Jammeh's castle. If he is to be taken as the genuine gentle man, Jammeh needs not waiting till Gambians pull him by his ears. There are more writings on the wall for Jammeh to see. Gambians had more than enough of this Jammeh political gymnastics. It is already too late and Yahya Jammeh has it in the best of shared interests to get packing in PEACE before angry Gambian mobs take him in PIECES.

    What we are all witnessing is a showcase of Jammeh ringing the funeral bells as his regime is finally laid to rest. In fact, the trouble of going to polls could be avoided if Mr Jammeh reads the writings on Gambian walls. Like other stubborn dictators, when Jammeh is thrown out of power, he will have many good people drown with him.


    Additional info:
    Gambian Semi-Islamist President Jammeh Makes Gaddafi Grand Commander

    28 July 2009
    The Daily Observer (Banjul) - The Gambian leader, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh, has conferred the Grand Commander of the Republic of The Gambia (GCRG) award on his special guest on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the July 22nd revolution, Colonel Muamar Ghaddafi, leader of the Libyan Arab Jamahirrya.

    The Libyan leader received this award on Wednesday evening during a State Banquet organised by President Jammeh at the Kairaba Beach Hotel, as part of activities marking the 15th anniversary of the July 22nd revolution.


    Decorated with Libya’s Highest Honour The African Medal by Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gadaffi

    Yahya Jammeh’s CV- in 1999 he was decorated with Libya’s Highest Honour The African Medal by Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gadaffi

    1999 was the year The Gambia ended its tenure as a non permanent member at the UN Security Council. He was compensated for having defended terrorism because Yahya said Libyans should NOT be blamed for bringing the Panam airline down when Americans are bombing people in the middle east
  9. Margwe

    Margwe JF-Expert Member

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    to deffend el-bashir against facing justice in the hague,likewise to back kenya's top six big boys indicted by moreno ocampo, thats for your information!

    MAMMAMIA JF-Expert Member

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    Babu yangu aliwahi kusema, "Siasa ni kama vita vya mbwa koko, aangukaye ndiye anamiwaye". Sishangai kwa Yahya Jammeh kumgeuka Gaddafi kwani amehisi siku zake zinahesabika.
    Viongozi wengi wa Afrika (kama sio wote) hawawezi kumkosoa Gaddafi kwa sababu mbili kuu:
    1. Vipi dikteta atamtaka dikteta mwenzake ang'atuke? Wote wana hofu na kile ambacho wananchi wao watafanya.
    2. Wengi wao wamekula fadhila nyingi za Gaddafi hivyo wanalipa fadhili kwa kimya chao. "Huwezi kumtoa mwenzako kibanzi wakati kuna boriti jichoni mwako".
  11. Mallaba

    Mallaba JF-Expert Member

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    thanks Margwe for ur insight.
  12. Mallaba

    Mallaba JF-Expert Member

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    Yes MAMMAMIA, Nimekukubali maana nyani haoni kundule si unajua tena.
    Lakini ni bora hata huyo jamaa ameweza hata kukoroma kinafikinafiki kiliko hawa wenzetu wanaogopa hata kuongelea tu..dah...kazi ipo
  13. Ehud

    Ehud JF-Expert Member

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    AU wapo kimya kwa sababu zifuatazo:
    1. Gadafi anatoa 15% ya bajeti yote ya AU.
    2. Gadafi analipa madeni na malimbikizo yote ambayo AU inazidai nchi wanachama wa AU ikiwemo Eritrea,Ethiopia,Malawi, Burundi,CAR n.k
    3. Gadafi anatoa misaada ya mikopo yenye riba nafuu kwa nchi za Africa kama Tz,Kenya,Ethiopia n.k
    4. Gadafi anatoa mafuta kwa bei ya chini kabisa kwa nchi za Kiafrica kama Kenya,Uganda n.k
    5. Mwisho Gadafi anatoa misaada ya ujenzi wa Misikiti,Visima vya maji n.k kwa nchi za Africa kama Tz,Uganda n.k

    Kwa tathimini hiyo ulitegemea AU waseme nini?