Mai Fatty Calls for Withdrawal of Charges against 3YJ Leaders
The leader of Gambia Moral Congress (GMC), Mai Ahmad Fatty has called on the state to withdraw all three charges against the eight top-brass of ‘Three Years Jotna’ movement on Thursday.
Fatty’s comment came just a day after the leadership of the movement were paraded before Kanifing Magistrates’ Court being remanded at Mile II central prisons in the outskirts of Banjul.
“I call on the Gambia government to withdraw the case against Gambians who are currently standing trial for the alleged disturbances of last Sunday 26th January, 2020,” he stated.
Mai, who served as the first interior minister under the current dispensation believes that it will be unjust to ban 3 Years without banning its parallel force.
“There are two movements. 3 Years Jotna and 5 Years Peace and Development. They Should be treated equally, if you ban 3 Years that led to the formation of 5 Years then naturally you should ban 5 Years.”
“If you deal with one group in one manner it will be incomplete if you don’t deal with the other in the same manner because if you don’t do that, the one that is not banned will continue to propagate their ideas and everybody should be treated equally,” Fatty argued.
He advised the President to lead the initiative of the much-needed national dialogue to be able to achieve national unity.
“I call on President of the Republic, H.E Adama Barrow, to engage all stakeholders, particularly former coalition leaders and call for genuine national dialogue without delay. I call on ECOWAS, African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) to facilitate the conduct of a national dialogue without delay,” he further told journalists in a press conference.
According to him, all coalition political parties and players must take full responsibility of the political mess Gambia is confronting with, stating that no one among them could be exempt from the problem.
“All political parties and all politicians have a hand in what is happening today. I do not believe that anybody can come clearly and say yes my hands are clean, we have all contributed to the existing negligence.”