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UDP’s New Jeswang Rally

The United Democratic Party has been travelling and holding mass rallies all over the greater Banjul area in recent months. The last venue to stage a mass rally was New Jeswang. The area’s rally, held there on February 21st, is believed to have been the biggest, atteacting more people than rallies held in Bakau and Brufut. This, according to UDP youth Secretary Solo Sandeng, “is an indication that Gambians want to ditch President Jammeh for good. People have been following us everywhere, in fact, the demand for our T-Shirts and party ID cards have since surged. There is no Golden Yellow paper available in the Gambia anymore to print more ID cards.”

For the UDP’s female youth president, it is time for Gambians to turn words into action. “The talk is enough and Gambians have to see the back of Jammeh and his failed government, a goal we must achieve to leave the future of the Gambia in good hands for our children,” Fatoumatta Jawara said.

 The main opposition party officials said the rallies, which came after the party’s standoff with intruding police at Fass Njagga Choi last year, are being organise to engage Gambians on the urgency of matters affecting their country. “People have to know what is at stake, and that the youths as the able-bodied segment of our country must be ready to stand up and be counted,” Solo Sandeng told Kairo News.

One UDP youth leader laid emphasis on the need to pursue the electoral reform agenda even if it means confronting the APRC leadership from all fronts. “This is going to be first explored through the G6 and if that fails, as a party, we must be ready to take action,” a youth leader sounded.

 

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Darboe in New Jeswang

The UDP is scheduled to hold another rally in Talinding next Sunday. The party leader Lawyer Ousainou Darboe said the rallies are essential. “You cannot take serious action that will affect the people without first engaging them on their role in it. For far too long, we have been constrained by finance and handicapped by utility items such as vehicles, motorbikes, and other modes of transport to challenge the constant APRC propaganda, but we have come to the realisation that an efficient utilisation of our resources will enable us to reach Gambians in their places and dialogue with them. This started since April 2015 when we embarked on a nationwide tour.”

Mr. Darboe said the UDP will continue the rally trend until the party’s Congress in Basse. “We will explore all options available to us to confront and challenge the bad electoral laws and the need to have a lasting level playing field. I can see clearly people are tired and are now ready to put an end to oppression in the country.”

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UDP Female Wing Youth President Fatoumatta Jawara, a determined young woman leading the charge for change.

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