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Gambian FM eulogises party supporter killed by ex-president Jammeh's gov’t

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Banjul, Gambia, April  15 (Infosplusgabon)  -  Gambia’s Foreign Minister, Ousainou Darboe, on Saturday eulogised one of his party’s officers who was said to have been tortured to death during former President Yahya Jammeh’s government in April 2016.



Mr. Ebrima Solo Sandeng, the National Organizing Secretary of the United Democratic Party (UDP) led by Mr. Darboe, was arrested along with dozens of young party supporters who staged a peaceful protest on 14 April, 2016 in Gambia’s largest town, Serre Kunda, calling for electoral reforms ahead of the country’s presidential election.


Sandeng was said to have been tortured to death while in the custody of Gambia’s infamous and now defunct National Intelligence Agency (NIA).


“Today, I join Gambians from all shades of life to commemorate the life and legacy of Ebrima Solo Sandeng … a humble and dedicated family man, a patriot and martyred for the cause of freedom and democracy for a nation he loved with all his heart and to which he gave all his energy in pursuit of liberty,” Darboe told UDP supporters who marched in the streets of Serre Kunda calling for justice for Sandeng.


“When democracy was interrupted in 1994, Solo made its restoration his primary duty and responsibility and became a founding member of the UDP where for twenty years he fought consistently and courageously at tremendous personal cost to him and his family against injustice and working with those Gambians who shared his faith in the promise and values of democracy.


“We his colleagues who had the opportunity to work with him both at the executive and grassroots levels, are inspired by his admirable selflessness and bountiful energy in the best of times and the worst of times as our nation struggled under the grip of a violent dictatorship,” the UDP leader added.


According to Mr. Darboe, Sandeng’s capacity to enhance the democratic space in the Gambia were only surpassed by his courage and dedication in his focused pursuit of things he believed in at a time when fear had gripped many Gambians.


“ We should all endeavor to honour the legacy of this patriot by doing our best to consolidate our democracy, sincerely pursue our shared objectives, embrace and see our diversity as a source of strength and eschew polarising tendencies,” the UDP leader remarked.






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