Gambia Government has issued a statement on Wednesday warning regional and international bodies of “mal-intentions” of former ruler after his conversation with party executives were leaked where Yahya Jammeh said he is “working on something”.
For the first since his departure in January 2017, a telephone conversation during which the exiled former leader is heard sounding unapologetic and predicting hard times for Gambians as a consequence of voting him out of office was leaked on social media.
The audio sheds the first insights into the state of mind of former President Yahya Jammeh since he fled the country last year.
Jammeh assures his allies that he was “working on something”, and that neither human nor ‘jinns’ can stop is return to Gambia when he is ready.
The audio set alarm bells ringing in Banjul.
Jammeh’s presidency casts a grim shadow on the country’s recent history of deaths, disappearances and torture.
The audio comes at a time when his former ruling Alliance for Patriotic, Reorientation and Construction (APRC) party is at the brink of disintegration, occasioned by a power struggle.
The spokesperson of the Gambia government, Ebrima Sankareh, said they “takes these comments very seriously and will act accordingly and decisively”.
“Similarly, the general public is assured that the safety and security of our dear motherland remains the top most priority of The Adama Barrow Government,” Sankareh said.
“Therefore, The Government of President Adama Barrow calls on the International Community particularly ECOWAS, AU, EU, and the UN as well as the Government of Equatorial Guinea, to take note with all the attention required of the subversive efforts and mal-intentions of the former Gambian leader. “
The Government described Jammeh’s comments as utterly “reprehensible and profoundly shocking and subversive comments”.