Many seem to confuse Jammeh’s latest speech of 10 January 2017 as an olive branch for peace and reconciliation. Hello! Have they been listening to the same speech that I was listening to! There are no such overtures in that, if anything is simply defiance and a message to the opposition coalition, you will not hold the inauguration of President-Elect Adama Barrow on 19 January 2017.
For clarity, I have transcribed the speech below word for word.
Jammeh firstly started by rejecting the elections results and maintained his position with some colourful explanation justifying his rejection to fool us all about the IEC corrections of the 1 December 2016 election. The brainless Yahya Jammeh wants to fool us all into believing that since he and his party rejected the result and filed a petition to the court, the constitution states that only the Supreme Court can declare who is President. And until that declaration is made, he remains the legitimate President of the Gambia constitutionality.
For that reason, he wants us all to obey that interpretation of the constitution. He said he will defend the constitution and we should all do the same because some section 6 told us to do so.
In his capacity therefore as our constitutional continuing President, he will pass amnesty to forgive all of us and the opposition coalition for whatever insults we may have hurled at his mother between 1 November 2016 to 31 January 2017. This man is seriously deranged! He thinks we will allow him to continue to be our President based on his nonsense interpretation of the constitution.
He further to thank the AU, OIC, ECOWAS and UN for their concerns, even though, they rushed to a conclusion based on mistakes, we can resolve our own issues in the Gambia.
This is, in summary, the madness expressed in the ramblings of Yahya Jammeh, which I transcribed below:
“As the whole world knows, being the candidate for the APRC party for the presidential election my party ad I rejected the last results declared by the IEC on December 5th, 2016. Because not only was it full of arithmetic errors and anomalies it also could not be credibly explained and we have challenged the results to the Supreme Court as provided by the constitution and the Electoral Act.
Fellow Gambians: on December 2nd, 2016, the IEC announced a set of results which I accepted wholeheartedly in good faith but on December 5th, 2016, the IEC reversed and gave a new set of results and the results statement itself gave enough grounds for my party and I to suspect them. The second IEC results stated figures were transposed when actually it had the 63,000 votes for Basse administrative area wrongly added to the votes of one candidate, who is Mr Adama Barrow.
In the subsequent correction, the statement from IEC falsely claimed this amount was added to all candidates, but this amount was only subtracted from Mr Barrow, which put his total to just over 199,000 and then his votes for Basse was doubly counted to give him the lead with 223,000 votes.
Fellow Gambians, nonetheless as our constitution provides only the Supreme Court can review our challenge and only the Supreme Court declare anyone President and so I ask each and everyone of us to respect the supreme law of the republic and await the Supreme Court review of the election results.
Fellow Gambians; our review and investigations have revealed an unprecedented level of foreign interference in our elections and internal affairs and also a sustain smear campaign, propaganda and misinformation. Even though there is no single fatality or mortality, we have seen the UN Security Council, the African Union and Ecowas take unprecedented and hasty resolutions against our republic and constitution but we have also learned the support of good people all over the world who have started to see the truth and understand that the Gambia is a sovereign republic.
Our constitution is the supreme law and does not allow, any organization, or law or treaty to supersede it, as for Section 4 of the constitution, supremacy of the constitution and Section 79 subsection 2, that the constitution does not allow us to enter into any engagement, agreement or treaty that derogates the supremacy of the Gambian constitution. As the President and Commander in Chief of our Armed and Security Forces and as a citizen and in total obedience to the oath of office, I will take all possible steps to defend our constitution. As per Section 6, subsection 2, which makes it a duty of all citizens to defend our constitution. Therefore, even where we may disagree, I believe you can, as Gambians, come together and resolves this and any other matter without undue external interference.
Fellow Gambians; cabinet sat and will continue to sit and liaise with the National Assembly to get all constitutional measures to ensure the Supremacy of the rule of law and the constitution in the next few days. I assure everyone that as a Gambian, a Muslim and a family man, no foreigner can love this country and hold its highest of heart, more than myself and the majority of Gambians.
Let me repeat for the purpose of clarity; I assure everyone that as a Gambian, a Muslim and a family man, no foreigner can love this country and hold its highest of heart, more than myself and the majority of Gambian people. So I will also be taking all possible steps within the constitution and my conscience to do my part to resolve this sad impasse.
As we are all humans, and bound to make mistakes and only the almighty Allah Subhanahu-wata-alah does not make mistake, we, therefore, accept this as test Allah on our faith individually and collectively, as believing people. I hereby appoint the Secretary General as mediator General for this trying period and mandate him to:
1) ensure the public and civil service continue to work proficiently without fear or favour in an apolitical manner in the service of the country.
Let me repeat for the purpose of clarity; I hereby appoint the Secretary General as mediator General for this trying period and mandate him to: 1 ensure the public and civil service continue to work proficiently without fear or favour in an apolitical manner in the service of the country.
2) meet with all stakeholders in the country and prepare meetings so that all parties can be heard and will resolve any mistrust and issues amongst ourselves
3) to work with the minister of Justice and the National Assembly to draft a general amnesty bill to confirm and ensure that there is no witch-hunt so that we can ensure a climate of confidence and security within the constitutional mandate.
In this connection, I hereby issue an executive order to that effect that nobody be arrested or prosecuted due to acts or omissions in the pre and post electoral period with effective from November 1, 2016, to January 31, 2017.
Let me repeat for the purpose of clarity; in this connection, I hereby issue an executive order to that effect that nobody be arrested or prosecuted due to acts or omissions in the pre and post electoral period with effective from November 1, 2016, to January 31, 2017.
Fellow Gambians; as the whole world has seen, we continue as a people to exhibit the highest degree of fraternity and despite the heated passions, we have maintained the highest degree of in virtues of patience, tolerance and mutual respect across ethnic and faith lines and for that I personally thank the almighty Allah and all of you.
I ask all Gambians to forgive each other, especially us the political class and ask that we all continue to work together to keep and consolidate peace and harmony for our beloved country. I ask all Gambian and all residence in the Gambia to go about their business in peace and security and assure you that Inshallah all will continue to be well and this will soon be resolved in peace. I thank all my brother presidents from ECOWAS, OIC, AU and the UN for their kind words and support to the Gambia, even if some were mistaken and also assure them that we Gambians have not gotten here without learning to live and let live amongst ourselves.
I thank you all for your attention and bid you all the peace and blessings of the almighty Allah the subhanahu-wata-alah. For the Gambia ever true.
By Yanks Dabo