Lang Marong has joined the casualties of the Jammeh regime’s brutality. The deputy National Mobiliser of the United Democratic Party (UDP) has finally passed away after all efforts to save his life failed. Marong died barely two months after his release from Mile 2 prisons. His death at the St. Edward Francis Small Hospital in Banjul this afternoon follows those of Solo Sandeng and Solo Krummah. Both reputable political leaders sacrificed their lives for the liberation of oppressed Gambians. And in the process, all of them were brutally tortured and left to die. Lang Marong was among the April 14 opposition protesting youths led by Solo Sandeng. Almost all of these youths who pushed for electoral reforms are left with some form of medical problems. For instance, Modou Ngum has lost vision in one of his eyes while others become deaf, the offshoots of inhumane, brutal tortures.

Since his release in December last year shortly after President Adama Barrow won the election, Marong had been grappling with stomach complications. He was rushed to Dakar for treatment where doctors found no cure for him, fueling speculations that he might have been yet another victim of ousted President Yahya Jammeh’s poisoning spree.

The man who had proven to be a very “effective grassroots mobilising political machine” in Kiang, had lived and died for defending the interest of the masses. Like the two fallen Solos, Lang Marong fought political battles selflessly; They neither sought attention nor glory. All they cared about was to send a belligerent dictator packing.

It was too painful for the many UDP members to lose the three political heavyweights in less than a year. While all of them were close friends, most people describe Marong and Sandeng as “inseparable twin brothers.”

Marong’s death was announced on a day the criminal trial of Solo Sandeng’s cold-blooded murderers debut in court. Like Sandeng and Krummah, Marong too will be remembered for giving his very best to the Gambia and Gambians.



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