Gov’t spokesman rues ex-interior minister’s gaffe
By Sainey Darboe:
Government spokesman, Ebrima Sankareh, has expressed regret about comments made by former Interior minister Ebrima Mballow.
Ebrima G Sankareh - Spokesperson of Gambia Government
Speaking in an interview with Kerr Fatou, the image-maker for the government assessed:
“I just wanted to say something regarding honorable Mballow. Before all this drama unfolded,I had a very unnerving experience talking to him during the bridge opening. I was talking to him getting know him more and asked about his experience as a gendarmerie officer.He told me a very unnerving experience of a bandit he chased who was actually selling drugs.He chased him and they got to a corner.
The guy actually had a knife in his pocket and when they got to a cul de sac the guy pulled out a knife and threatened to stab him, not knowing that as a gendarmerie officer he had a knife. He pointed the gun at him but did not shoot him and the guy surrendered.That’s remarkable police work.When I was in Burkina Faso and heard him in Brikama and I tried to compare the two there was no parallel. It could not just be anything...just human error maybe, what they call gaffe in political talk”.
“When the political temperature is high you may say things that are not reflective of your behaviour. I don’t think Mballow can even hurt a lizard. It’s not Gambian character to be mauling people like it happened here.
It will be utterly hypocritical of us to be denying permits knowing fully well for 22 years we couldn’t even come here, let alone looking for permits. It’s a sad irony we can go to America and Senegal and get permits and in our own country people could not even get permits.It’s not part of our plan to be denying permits, shooting or killing Gambians”.