Thursday, January 19, 2017

Botswana scores first in support for Adama Barrow of Gambia

The Government and people of Botswana have scored first among African 54 States to drum support for the Gambian President-elect, Mr. Adama Barrow, reports ITRealms.

This is coming as Botswana government today, Thursday, January 19, 2017 supposedly the handover date, proclaimed it no longer recognises Yahya Jammeh as the Gambia’s president consequent upon his refusal to hand power to Adama Barrow who defeated him in presidential election on 1 December, 2016.

Here is detail of Botswana's government position as contained in a press statement made available to ITRealms, thus:

RE: The Gambia – Botswana no longer recognizes Mr. Jammeh

Following Mr. Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to hand over power to the President-elect Adama Barrow, in accordance with the expressed will of the Gambian people, the Government of Botswana announces that it will no longer recognise Mr. Jammeh as the President of Gambia, together with his Government. This decision which takes effect immediately is consistent with Botswana’s position as articulated through the Press Release of 16th December 2016. 

Mr. Jammeh’s decision not to respect the will of the Gambian people undermines the ongoing efforts to consolidate democracy and good governance in The Gambia and Africa as a whole. This is also in direct contravention of the spirit and aspirations of the African Union Constitutive Act. 

The Government of Botswana therefore continues to appeal to the international community to do all within its power to exert pressure on Mr. Jammeh to hand over power in order to ensure a smooth transition.”

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Pix: President Ian Khama of Botswana

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