Former Ruling APRC nominated Member of Parliament, and Team Isatou Touray surrogate and trusted political confidant Ramzia Diab, is running for her life, amid reports that she was on the verge of being arrested by dictator Jammeh’s assassin team, the Freedom Newspaper can report. Ms. Diab, a former Gambia Airways Hostess Manager, arrived in Dakar, the Senegalese capital last night. She was reported to have told her host and colleagues in the opposition that her life was under increasing threat, and as such she decided to flee the politically polarized and unstable West African nation.
Ms. Diab, used to be an ardent supporter of dictator Yahya Jammeh and his ruling APRC. She led a Lebanese delegation during Gambia’s transition to Civilian rule to rally her support for the junta, which propelled Jammeh to a Civilian ruler. She was later nominated to become a member of the National Assembly by Yahya Jammeh.
Ramzia’s political woes with Yahya Jammeh started as soon as she got fired from the National Assembly. She was one of the few loyalists in the government, who stood by the late Baba Kajali Jobe, former APRC House Majority leader, who was jailed on tax evasion and economic crime charges by the dictatorship. She got yanked from the House, as soon as Baba Jobe parted company with Jammeh.
Come the March, 2006, coup led by the former CDS Ndure Cham, Ramzia Diab, got arrested. She was implicated in the said coup, even though no substantive charges were filed against her. She was not only tortured, but sexually abused while under the custody of the NIA.
After months of detention without trial, Ramzia, and her co detainees including Lawyer Mariam Denton, were released from custody. They were asked to be checking in with the Kairaba police for some time before they were finally asked to stop reporting to the station.
Inside Team Isatou Touray’s campaign and the newly formed opposition alliance, there is shock about Ramzia’s sudden departure from the country. Her story is being treated on the downlow for now. A source familiar with Ramzia’s case told us that Fatoumatta Tambajang of the alliance is likely going to issue a statement to the press in coming hours.
In another development, Jammeh’s lead assassin operative Sanna Manjang and his wife and three children arrived in Senegal last night. Sanna’s family are being hosted at a safe house, according to reliable sources in Dakar, while Sanna’s whereabouts is unknown.
According to sources, Sanna Manjang, has decided to evcauate his wife and children barely one week before the Presidential elections. Manjang drops his wife and kids at a safe house in Dakar, and left, sources said. It is not clear if Sanna is still in Dakar, but sources said his family is currently using Senegal as a safeheaven.
Mr. Sanna Manjang, has been complict in so many disapperances, kidnapping, toruture and assassination of Gambians. Mr. Manjang is dictator Jammeh’s lead assassin in town.
In the meantime, tensions are moutning in Banjul ahead of the December, 1st, Presidential elections. Dictator Jammeh is seeking for fifth term mandate. He kept telling his supporters during the campaign trail that no election, coup, or foreign power can depose him from power.
Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai