In Gambia, the government announces that a coup attempt took place on Wednesday. Several soldiers are involved, as well as a former minister.
According to the Gambian government, "Based on intelligence that some Gambian Army soldiers were plotting to overthrow the democratically elected government of President Adama Barrow, the high command quickly mounted a military operation yesterday and arrested four soldiers linked to this alleged coup attempt”. This Thursday, in the streets of Banjul, it's effervescence. Yesterday several men were arrested after what local authorities say was a coup attempt.
The four imprisoned soldiers were questioned by the military police. According to several sources familiar with the matter, three other accomplices are also wanted. Despite the doubts surrounding these events, the Gambian government has invited “citizens, residents and members of the diplomatic and consular corps to go about their business as normal; the situation is completely under control and there is no need to panic”. There was panic in the streets of the Gambian capital, where much is said about this event.
But why did the government communicate about this supposed putsch attempt? According to local sources, as of Tuesday evening, the movements of soldiers provoked certain questions among the population. Movements of soldiers around the seat of the presidency alerted public opinion. It was therefore in the interest of the government, this Wednesday, to talk about the events of the previous day, after rumors of coups d'etat.
Besides soldiers, a former minister was also interrogated. Momodou Sabally, former Minister of Presidential Affairs of former President Jammeh, is accused of having suggested in a video that President Adama Barrow would be overthrown before the local elections. However, with the events that took place in Mali or in Guinea and even in Burkina Faso, mistrust is in order.
Before Adama Barrow, Yahya Jammeh had also suffered an attempted putsch. In December 2014, assailants targeted the presidential palace, in the Marina Parade area, before being repelled. It was an ex-captain, Lamin Sanneh, considered an army deserter, who was in charge of the rebellion.
For his part, Adama Barrow must undergo the external press of his predecessor. Yahya Jammeh would see himself returning to The Gambia one day.