Sallah says Deyda’s murderers immortalized him

Halifa Sallah

Halifa Sallah, the secretary general of the PDOIS, has said the murderers of the late Deyda Hydara have only succeeded in immortalizing him thus making him “more powerful dead than alive”.

“Deyda Hydara who is no longer with us physically is still with us because without him we will not be here today. So Deyda has become more powerful dead than alive…,” he said.

“The fundamental lesson is that you can kill the ambassador of truth but you can’t kill truth- truth is indestructible. That is the fundamental lesson his murderers did not learn.”

The longstanding opposition politician and vociferous political and social commentator made these remarks as he delivered a lecture at the first Deyda Hydara Memorial Lecturer Series organized by the Gambia Press Union yesterday at the Tango Conference Hall.

The lecture which was organized to mark the 11th anniversary of the death of the veteran journalist was centered around the theme: “Gambia at 50- the role of the media in the independent struggle”.

December 16, marked eleven years since Deyda Hydara, editor and co-founder of The Point newspaper, was assassinated.

The veteran journalist was gunned down by unidentified persons in a drive-by shooting in 2004 in New Jeshwang, on Thursday, between the hours of 10:00pm and 11:00pm.

On his part, the Vice President of The Gambia Press Union, Namorry Trawally who spoke on behalf of the president of the union, called on the government to investigation the murder of Mr Hydara and brought the perpetrators to book.

Other speakers included Kemeseng Jammeh and Pap Saine who also expressed similar sentiment.

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