Gunjur activists praise Mama Kandeh for solidarity, financial support
The fact-finding trip to Gunjur by opposition leader and head of Gambia Democratic Congress,Mama Kandeh, has been met with applause by environmental activists.
Hon. Mama Kandeh in Gunjur earlier today
Mama Kandeh earlier today made a visit to Gunjur where he met people concerned about environmental destruction by Chinese fish meal processing company. He also made a cash donation of D20,000 to help pay legal bills for youths charged with trespass and destruction of property. Commenting on the development, Saudi-based scientist and environmental activist, Ahmed Manjang said: “This is highly welcome. This is a Gambian problem so any help from any Gambian is highly appreciated. Opposition members are our government in waiting; any gesture by honorable Kandeh gives me lots of confidence for the future.We have responsible people in the opposition who can offer us a better alternative should this government fail us which they are doing already. Thank you GDC, thank you, honorable Mama Kandeh”.
Omar NK Darboe, Ousman Sanneh, Foday Karl Darboe, Alhagie Kaku Bojang, and Lamin Jassey, were initially invited for questioning at Gunjur Police on 23rd May in connection with the removal of the Golden Lead waste pipeline discharging factory waste into the sea. They were subsequently charged on three counts of incitement of violence, trespass and destruction of property to the dismay of many environmental and rights activists. The accused persons were then summoned to report to Brikama Police on Wednesday 30 May. They were to be arraigned at the Brikama Magistrates court on the same day where the case was first mentioned.
The sixth accused, Dr Amadou Scattred Janneh who is currently visiting the United States was listed on the official charge sheet to be "at large" All five accused persons that appeared at the Brikama Magistrates Court on Wednesday 5th June pleaded NOT GUILTY to the three count charges.
The case was subsequently adjourned to 19th June at 10.00am