December 10, 2019
The leader of the United Democratic Party, Ousainu Darboe has accused his political protégé President Barrow of failing to stop incessant attacks and insults on his person throughout his recently concluded tour.
Darboe made this remark yesterday when his supporters converged at his house to show solidarity over what they perceived to be insults at him by Tallinding National Assembly Member, Fatoumatta Jawara, during President Barrow’s meeting at the Tallinding Buffer Zone on Saturday.
Jawara and 7 other National Assembly Members were recently expelled from the UDP after they switched alliance to President Barrow.
Addressing his supporters, Darboe urged them to remain calm and peaceful, saying he was not hurt by the NAM’s comments but by the behaviour of one Siaka Jatta with whom he shared the same ancestry.
Mr Darboe blamed President Barrow for condoning insults against him by members of his entourage.
He said the whole tour was planned to castigate and ridicule him and the UDP from Barra to the Koina. “Even former President Jammeh had once stopped a member of his entourage from insulting me at one of his meetings,” the UDP leader said.
He however urged his supporters to avoid provocations and continue to give due respect to the presidency.
“We are convinced that it is only UDP that can deliver for this country and no provocation should distract us from that. We had many causes in the past to put this country on a war path but we resisted all that provocation and anger and we shall continue to do that because we have only this country as a home,” Darboe concluded.
Lamin Dibba, who also spoke at the gathering urged supporters to remain calm and forget about the incident.
He accused President Barrow of turning his Meet the People Tour from its core mandate to castigation of perceived political opponents.