In a rather bizarre but predictable statement, the United States government through Secretary of State John Kerry, today issued a statement congratulating the Gambian people on the occasion of that country’s attainment of 50 years of independence.
As the first and last British colony in West Africa, The Gambia attained independence on February 18, 1965.
However, the country’s stride towards stable democratic governance and economic development has been abysmal.
The Gambia has had only two presidents for half a century. The latter, Dictator Yahya Jammeh, being a clinically insane dictator whose actions such as claims of talking to demons, ability to cure HIV/Aids, infertility, diabetes, cure for witch-craft; and claims of long list of false titles is as strange as it is inexplicable.
In addition, The Gambia is currently a pariah state entangled in massive corruption, torture, enforced disappearances, mediocre electoral system and a suppressed private press.
Hundreds of Gambian opponents or perceived, have been killed, imprisoned and tortured. Dictator Jammeh has been accused of cannibalism and threats to behead opponents and women who refuse to sleep with him.
The dictator owns massive amounts of stolen properties in the United States and other countries around the world, while majority of the citizens of The Gambia struggle for food and basic survival.
The statement (pasted below) by Secretary of State Kerry was not addressed directly to neither the government of The Gambia nor the president. Rather, it was addressed directly to the Gambian people. It is very short and precise.
Also, it is important to note that the U.S. recently dismissed The Gambia from the free tax trade incentive, AGOA, due to the increasing human rights violations by the Jammeh regime. Also, there is no official representative of the U.S. government to the celebrations despite the U.S. sending a high profile representative (then Governor George W. Bush) during its silver jubilee – a far less important event than that of today.
See Kerry’s statement below:
“On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of The Gambia as you celebrate 50 years of independence on February 18. The United States wishes you a festive Golden Jubilee and a prosperous year.”