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DARBOE DENIES RESPONSIBILITY IN ALLEGED GAMBIA-EU DEPORTATION AGREEMENT

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By Lamin M. Ceesay

Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, leader of the opposition United Democratic Party, has denied responsibility in the alleged Gambia and European Union deportation deal.

Lawyer Darboe dismissed the allegation against him as “false “and challenged those alleging to provide tangible evidence to show that he signed the alleged deal.

Speaking to Mengbe Kering TV exclusively, said: “If people want to tarnish your image or they want to accuse you of something which is not true they can go to any extent just to achieve it.”

He said Mai Ahmed Fatty was the first person who has been accused of signing the deportation order but when they knew that wasn’t true, they now accused him of the same act when the president of Germany came to the Gambia.

“I came out to show them their lies because when the German President was coming to the Gambia, I was in Ivory Coast with Vice President Fatoumata Jallow Tambajang to attend a conference.

“I challenge them to produce documents to show that I am the one who signed the deportation order but the only thing they could come up with was a video where the EU commissioner for development and cooperation came to the Gambia with a high-power delegation,” he added.

He stated that their coming to the Gambia was to help and strengthen democracy and also in terms of budget support.

“If you look at that video President Adama Barrow was in attendance, and he even spoke at the event. If that was the signing of the deportation order, then it was done under President Barrow’s watch,” he continued.

He said the only thing that was signed during that meeting was the support the EU wanted to give to the Gambia to the tune of 75 million euros and that was supposed to be their first disbursement.

He said if Gambia signs any international agreement before it becomes law, it has to pass through the National Assembly to ratify it.

He also said that the Youth Empowerment Project was signed on that day, and it was not the issue of deportation, but it is to make sure Gambian youth don’t have to go outside and the money was meant for them to take as loans to go in the country without going outside of the country.

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