Former Gambian President Alhaji Sir Dawda Jawara On Monday
paid a courtesy call on the president Alhaji Yahya Jammeh
24th June 2002
The Former Gambian President Alhaji Sir Dawda Jawara On Monday
paid a courtesy call on the president Alhaji Yahya Jammeh at Statehouse
after returning home from his seven years of self--imposed exile.
Sir Dawda went on exile on July 24th 1994 when young lieutenant
of the Gambia Armed Forces headed by the then lieutenant Yahya Jammeh—the
current President of the Republic of the Gambia overthrew his Government
in a bloodless and peaceful coup d’etat.
Since then, he was based in the United Kingdom with his Family
until the President Alhaji Yahya Jammeh granted him full amnesty
to return to the Gambia as an elderly statesman. Speaking to Journalist
after his audience with the President Sir Dawda said he had agreed
with President Jammeh that he return home as an elderly statesman
and retire from active politics. He described his return as wonderful
as it gives him the opportunity to “meet his Gambian Family
and the people of the Gambia in general”
Sir Dawda told Journalist that his returned to the Gambia was delayed
due to the fact that President Jammeh was anxious for his return
to his residence at the Number 40 Atlantic Boulevard in Fajara the
Gambia and the residence had to be renovated. This he said is because
President had insisted that he return to his home which he found
in “Excellent condition”.
Sir Dawda Jawara said he has the feeling that this gesture by the
president to allow him to return home, should contribute to what
he called “national reconciliation and harmony”.
Speaking later on to Journalist about how he felt having Jawara
back home after many years in exile, President Jammeh said he “felt
good that he has finally come back” and that he and Jawara
has nothing against each other.. ”the past should past”.
President Jammeh said : “it does not do the Gambia any good
for Sir Dawda to be in exile and we feel good tohave him back home”.
President Jammeh recalled the last day he saw Sir Dawda on the
21st of July 1994 at the Banjul international airport.
President Jammeh said his discussions with the former President
(Jawara) was about his comfort and if he has any major problems?
President Jammeh further stated that, with Sir Dawda’s Political
and leadership experience, both of them can work together to develop
the country where and whenever necessary.
President Jammeh finally described Sir Dawda as a man of experience
and his Government would work with him whenever he (Jawara) has
any useful advice to the Nation.