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Gambian Diaspora Denies Involvement in Coup Plot

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh attends leaders meeting at the African Union, Addis Ababa, July 15, 2012.Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh attends leaders meeting at the African Union, Addis Ababa, July 15, 2012.
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Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh attends leaders meeting at the African Union, Addis Ababa, July 15, 2012.
Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh attends leaders meeting at the African Union, Addis Ababa, July 15, 2012.
James Butty
A Gambian Diaspora group says it is not involved in any plan to overthrow the government of President Yahya Jammeh. But the group said it wants to see change come to the Gambia.

This comes as the Gambian government this week accused the United States and Great Britain of sponsoring a series of plots to overthrow President Jammeh.

A State Department spokeswoman Thursday denied any US involvement or knowledge of any plot to remove Jammeh.

On Wednesday a group calling itself the Democratic Union of Gambian Activists (DUGA) briefly took over the Gambian embassy in Washington, DC and three of its senior leaders were arrested and jailed by the Washington, DC Metropolitan police.

A judge released them Thursday on their own reconnaissance and told them to return to court on October 23.

Sossie Ceesay, a member of the Democratic Union of Gambian Activists said the group seized the embassy to intensify their advocacy for change in the Gambia.
                   
“We regard the Gambian Embassy as Gambian-owned and because the person at the helm of affairs in the Gambia has made it his duty to make life miserable for every Gambian, has threatened every Gambian in the Diaspora, we felt that we needed to stepped up our advocacy for change in the Gambia,” she said.
 
A State Department spokeswoman Thursday denied any US involvement or knowledge of any plot to remove President Jammeh. Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf described the accusations as baseless.

“We have seen and reject the baseless accusations made in recent statements by the government Gambia. We have a long standing relationship with the government and its people. Our desire and intention is to pursue health bilateral ties,” said Harf.

Ceesay describes the Gambian government’s allegations of a coup plot as delusional.

“These are statements of a delusional government and those enablers in that regime. We are not involved in overthrowing any regime. What we are engaged in is seeing change come to the Gambia,” Ceesay said.

She said Jammeh has made may promises in the 19 years that he has been leader of the Gambia, but none has been fulfilled.

“There is no transparency, there is no accountability; there is no freedom of the press. Press houses are torched to the ground; reporters are imprisoned. We can take the recent case of Ms. Fatu Camara. These people have done nothing to warrant their arrests,” Ceesay said.

Fatu Camara was until last August President Jammeh’s public relations chief. She was arrested last month after being accused of publishing false news “with intent to tarnish the image of the president”.

Gambian prosecutors on Thursday charged Camara with sedition for disseminating “false” news abot President Jammeh.

Ceesay said President Jammeh has tarnished his own image and that of the Gambia.

“It’s nothing new. It’s something that he has done and tried on several occasions on many other journalists. Somebody passing information to anybody doesn’t tarnish doesn’t tarnish Yahya Jammeh’s image. He has tarnished his image himself by making claims of being able to cure aids, and tuberculosis and epilepsy and all sort of things,” Ceesay said.
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by: Nyancho from: Gambia
October 11, 2013 3:44 PM
Jack, let's be honest and sincere to ourselves. The accusations that Ms Ceesay made are clear promises Jammeh made and you know for a fact that none has been met. Jammeh looted our entire economy, he just got his 4th jet. All his kids were born in the U.S, and bought two properties there. So is not about comparing with the PPP, is abt what he told Gambians when he first took over, what he is doing and the direction he is heading is dangerous for our country. Plz is about time for all Gambians to come together to share the way forward. Gambia's problems are far beyond the craps you have mentioned

by: Musa Ngom from: Gambia
October 11, 2013 2:39 PM
I totally disagree with Jack Germany.
The university of the Gambia was spearheaded by Dr Momodou Lamin Sedat Jobe a former director at the UNESCO.
Yaya Jammeh is married to a non gambian. His two children were born in the US. He bought a mansion woth 3.5 Million $ in MD. What do have to say about that?
Jammeh killed trotured, imprison so many gambians without the due process of the law. Jammeh is simply a criminal at helm of state. You can never defend Jammeh's brutality and criminal enterprise, impossible.

by: Sumanguru
October 11, 2013 2:10 PM
Well, you can about kids attending university in Gambia, but refuse to acknowledge the fact that too many Gambians have been murdered by this regime and myny more gone missing. President is the law and the law is the President. You know that very well my friend. This President has declared war on nation, Mandinkas. Shame on this murderer, thief, drug dealer, rapist.... May Allah deliver us from this munafikun, Amen

by: jack from: jack Germany
October 11, 2013 6:49 AM
Well I've not seen any truth behind your accusations. There are lots of great changes in the Gambia since president Jammeh took over in 1994. Many boys and girls are attending universities than president Jawaras time. The PPP government were only sending there kids to the best maternities in the western world! Sending there women to delivered in the western world while we living in western part have no maternities or a hospital to go to. You guys have to stop spreading out wrong information that could endangered the peace and stability in our great nation the Gambia.

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