The United Democratic Party, Gambia’s main opposition party, has issued a press release expressing concern over the fragile health conditions of its party leader and colleagues who are currently serving a three-year jail term at the country central prison, Mile 2.
The UDP leader, Lawyer Darboe, was sentenced by Gambia’s High Court on July 20 after he was found guilty on six counts relating to riot and illegal procession with 18 other members of his party.
“UDP is very much worried and concerned with the fate of the rest of UDP convicts and detainees. Some of whom are in critical health conditions and need urgent attention,” the press release stated.
“Lamin Marong is yet to have eye operation after three appointments with the doctor have failed, who had advised that any further delay of the operation will lead to total blindness. Lamin Dibba, who was reportedly hit on the eye side, currently has a serious sight problem. Kemeseng Jammeh’s health condition requires regular medical attention. Femi Peters and Ousainou Darboe are diabetes and asthmatic patients respectively. Three women, Fatoumata Jawara, Nogoie Njie and Fatou Camara seriously require urgent proper medical attention.”
The opposition party also said one of its party members, Solo Krummah, arrested on the 9 May this year and currently standing trial, has died at the Edward Francis’s Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul.