Last January, I was treated like a skunk at a party, for having the audacity in forwarding Salieu Jeng’s infamous post at the Allgambian to the Michigambia mailing list. What bothered me then is not only the censorship allegation made in the post, but also the notion that it is made at the behest of some unnamed Gambian official. Alieu Nyassi in a fit of rage responded thus: “Any one who wants to write anything can do so and they can post it on any website or create their own. GAM will not be utilized to carry anyone’s political message”. Our resident Sherlock Holmes in the person of Ramou decided to do the detective work and came out with the culprit when she asserts: “taking a look at the sender, it is from a Ousman ceesay to samba johm. these are people who live here with us”. Libeling Samba and I as the two pricks without cojones behind the prank. And not to be left behind in addition to the pomposity that belies comprehension Sierra chimes in to let us know who is the boss. Those were the days.
But time some one once opined is the great arbiter. I have no way of substantiating Salieu Jengs comment that an unnamed official is behind the shenanigans, but one thing is clear for all to see: Cherno Baba’s corner at michigambia has been deleted at about the same time that the Gambia Embassy offered to help in shipping the medical equipments secured by Michigambia to the Gambia. Coincidence? Maybe. But the timing stinks to high heaven.
To add insult to injury, the talk making the grapevine has it that the executive of Michigambia had transferred the ownership of the medical equipments to the embassy to facilitate shipping. But the unintended consequence of this action is that the michigambia executive has since been double cross, conned (or whatever adjective you can come up with) by representatives of our own government. The Gambia embassy is not only claiming ownership for shipping purposes, I am told, but they are claiming to be the facilitators of the whole venture. The representative in the person Tijan Ceesay alias ‘Eku Boppa’ has already arrived in Banjul waiting to present the shipment to dear leader (Yahya Jammeh) on behalf of the Gambia Embassy. Which conjures up another issue: the non-partisan mantra of Michigambia. The executive told us that the shipment will be sent directly to three designated hospitals as soon as they clear customs. However with the Gambia embassy taking credit for the efforts of Gambians in Michigan, that non-partisan stance they (the executive) belabor so much about and went as far as pulling Cherno Baba’s articles for is well just that … wishful thinking. The government in this election year will squeeze as much political goodwill as they possibly could from the efforts of a non-partisan entity.
I have trouble believing the executive of Michigambia could be so obtuse as to allow themselves be outwitted by the likes of Tijan Ceesay. But the way events are unfolding, he might have pull a fast one on our able executives who never forget to remind us of their duties when they wrote: “Whatever the case may be, we are assuring you that whenever we meet as an executive the interest of the association and the community as a whole is our utmost concern and there is no doubt in our sincerity in serving the Michigan Gambian Community as an executive.”
Don’t forget that “interest of the association” is the operational word here. If what is been rumored turns out to be true ( at this moment, I have no reason to believe otherwise), what interest is it to Michigambia as an entity that someone is taking credit for the fruits of their labor? Time one more time will be the final arbiter.