The Coalition for Change-Gambia (CCG) and the Civil Society Associations Gambia (CSAG), singly and jointly condemn the unfortunate extreme action taken by the regime of Robert Mugabe in denying Ms. Ndey Tapha-Sosseh entry into the country of Zimbabwe.
Ms. Tapha-Sosseh, a journalist who until recently was Secretary General of the Gambia Press Union (GPU), and who is currently serving as Secretary General of both CCG and CSAG, departed Bamako, Mali, where she is exiled, to attend the 20th anniversary of the African Capacity Building Foundation held in Harare, Zimbabwe. Ms. Tapha-Sosseh who was briefly detained for questioning, was denied entry on the grounds that the Zimbabwean authorities say she is one of ten listed as “wanted persons” by the Gambian regime.
Ms. Tapha-Sosseh became a “wanted person” in The Gambia for her roles as both a journalist and as member of the CCG, a civil society organization whose members the Gambia regime charged with treason and sedition and is unsuccessfully trying to disband. By resorting to extreme measures against an innocent travelling person, the Zimbabwean regime of Robert Mugabe exposed itself as unworthy of the emerging Africa. It is unfortunate that at a time when most African countries are making strides to empower their citizens and expand the political space, both Zimbabwe and Gambia, have chosen to remain pariahs in a changing world as two of Africa’s last dictatorships.
In further condemning the actions of the disastrous and wayward regimes of Mr. Mugabe, CCG and CSAG by this press release, requests our regional and international partners to join us in condemning and discrediting Zimbabwe’s maligned regime for its infringement upon the civil rights of Ms. Tapha-Sosseh and its insensitivity to the demands of justice. Ms. Tapha-Sosseh’s brief detention and questioning by agents of the Zimbabwean regime was a criminal act and a disgraceful violation of her civil rights. It has, therefore, become evident that the regimes of both Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Yahya Jammeh of Gambia are acting in cohort in pursuit of their nefarious and dehumanizing activities against innocent citizens in their respective countries.
And today, the two countries exemplify why Africa is in a conundrum of inefficiency as the hotbed of endemic corruption where the civil and human rights of citizens are violated with impunity and frightening disregard for international protocols. Ms. Tapha-Sosseh who was unfazed by her harrowing Harare experience, refused to be intimidated by the callousness of the both the Zimbabwean and Gambian dictatorships. In reporting to the executives of CCG and CSAG about her ordeal, Ms. Ndey Tapha-Sosseh remains adamant about her strength of will and commitment to the causes of Gambian liberation from tyranny. Both the CCG and CSAG stand in support of her and further reaffirm that our commitments are unwavering and unshakable.
Mathew K Jallow
for CCG Executive
West African Journalists Association (WAJA)
The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)
The African Union (AU)
United Nations special Rappoteur on Free Expression
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)Post published in: Africa News