An audio conversation between former Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh and some members of his party is making the rounds in the West African country creating fear and panic.
The unverified audio is purported to contain the voice of the exiled leader in Equatorial Guinea hinting of a comeback as he assured his allies that he was “working on something”.
Jammeh could be heard speaking in interchangeably in Wolof, Mandinka and English in the Whatsapp audio message telling his allies, Yankuba Colley and Fabakary Tombong Jatta that Gambians have regretted voting him out of office and they are being punished for it.
“What I told you, you must see it. The Gambian people must learn their lessons and then they will understand. I have said it in three meetings during my campaign that Gambians will only know who Jammeh is when I leave office,” he said, adding that the difficulties Gambians are going through will only end if they wake up from their slumber.
He also described his party’s current leadership as liars and orders the sack of two leaders, former army major MA Bah and Boo Badgie. “They think that I will easily believe in all what they are saying, but I have a big trust and confidence in you,” he tells the two allies.
The source of the leaked video is unknown and the Gambian government has not yet made a statement about its content.
However, Gambians have expressed worry about Jammeh’s unknown intentions and about the source of the leaked audio and the motive behind it.
Here are some views expressed about the audio.
People should worry about Jammeh’s plans since he said he’s working on something rather than questioning who leaked out the audio. How about those who participated in the conversation? https://t.co/pd9JitZcY6
— Benji (@kofibenjamin) July 16, 2018
I don’t care what jammeh and yakuba colley was talking about but how the audio got leaked in the open like that is serious violation of privacy,this not even funny ?
— omar jobe (@omarjob13430724) July 14, 2018
I cringed when i heard the Yahya Jammeh and Yakuba Colleh audio.
— NeoSeneGambian (@ajindey) July 13, 2018