Pan African Lawyers Union Says African Bar Association Fraudulent

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By Ebrima G. Sankareh, Editor-in-Chief

No sooner had the televised meeting of the so-called African Bar Association (AfBA) and embattled Gambian despot, Yaya Jammeh, hit the airwaves last night, than Gambians began asking eerily serious questions as to who exactly, these so-called lawyers with fatally flawed arguments and poorly spoken English were? Some of them spoke as if they were a bunch of beggars appearing before a Messiah with unending salutations. Most preposterous was the thunderous applause they punctuated every fibre of lie the mendacious Babili Mansa uttered about the December 1, 2016, Presidential election that eternally sealed his political fate on the Gambian landscape. They even invited the tyrant to a meeting in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, which he promised to “attend in whatever capacity.” Like a clique of comedians without costumes, they sometimes acted as if they were smarter than every Gambian in Banjul and our pathetic Cabinet ministers, mostly square pegs in rounds holes, with questionable credentials from Universities that only exist in their imaginations, also clapped and saluted them, creating a shameful symphony ala high school orchestra.

Earlier this afternoon they also visited members of the 2016 Barrow Coalition that defeated their oracle-worshipping Messiah, Yaya Jamus Junkung Jammeh, and were competently addressed by veteran Banjul barrister, Ousainou Darboe and Coalition spokesperson, Hon. Halifa Sallah.

Lawyer Darboe minced no words in debunking all the lies that Yaya shamelessly told the African Bar Association delegation and his disgust at Jammeh’s contemptuous comment against a Nigerian jurist he had maliciously maligned and mischaracterised as a Commonwealth Judge not bothered by just verdicts. Darboe literarily schooled them on Gambian jurisprudence and took liberty to lecture the errant lawyers on the Marxian school of jurisprudence that pathologizes law as a potent instrument of oppression by the strong against the weak which in a nutshell, prevails under the thumb of Gambia’s tyrant.

Curiously, even before the delegation wraps up its highly choreographed meeting with President Jammeh, which may have ignited his unprovoked announcement later in the evening that he will never step down, comes a press release from the much-respected Arusha, Tanzania headquartered  Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) dissociating itself in the strongest terms possible with the Banjul delegation accusing them of fraudulent behaviour.

Below we reproduce, verbatim, the acerbic letter that characterises the delegation as a fatally flawed bunch of swindlers.

The President

Gambia Bar Association (GBA)

24 Independence Drive

Banjul, The Gambia

Dear President,

Re: Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) dissociates itself from the statements and actions taken by the African Bar Association (AfBA)

I have been instructed by the President and the Executive Committee (Board) of PALU to write to you to continue to express our solidarity with you at this sensitive time in your country, and also to dissociate ourselves from and condemn the Statements and actions apparently undertaken by the African Bar Association (AfBA). We stand by our own Statement on the situation in The Gambia, which we issued on 12th December 2016. We also support the positions taken by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) with regard to The Gambia. We look forward to full implementation of the Decisions of the ECOWAS Summit held in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria this past Saturday, 17th December 2016. The AfBA position flies in the face of, and contradicts, the unanimous position of ECOWAS, AU and UN, and indeed of PALU. It flies in the face of, and contradicts, international law. It is, simply put, unlawful.

We highlight that we, as PALU, have nothing to do with AfBA. We consider AfBA to be a fraudulent organisation that does not represent anyone other than its few individual promoters. It has no known membership on the African continent. It does not speak for African lawyers or lawyers’ associations (Bar Associations and Law Societies). It has no known constituency. If it considered the Gambian Bar Association (GBA) to be its member association, there is no way it would have ‘parachuted’ directly into the State House of The Gambia, to meet the outgoing President of The Gambia, without consulting its member! We advise that the GBA treat that action with the contempt it deserves, but that you go ahead and inform the Gambian citizenry and the international community that you neither recognise AfBA nor does it represent the African legal profession. The PALU Board has directed me to do the same, and we will shortly put out a Statement in this regard.

Meanwhile, may I just recall our email to you of 13th November 2015 (attached herein for ease of reference) when we addressed this issue of AfBA.

Yours Sincerely,

Donald Deya

Chief Executive Officer, Pan African Lawyers’ Union (PALU)

cc The Secretary General

Gambia Bar Association (GBA)

24 Independence Drive

Banjul, The Gambia

Donald Deya

Chief Executive Officer, Pan African Lawyers’ Union (PALU)

No. 3, Jandu Road, Corridor Area

  1. O. Box 6065,

Arusha, TANZANIA

Tel: +255 27 254 3192/ 4

Cell: +255 787 066 888

Fax: : +255 27 254 3195

E-mail: ddeya@lawyersofafrica.orgdonald.deya@gmail.com

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