By Arnold Hughes
A Political heritage of the Gambia: 1816-1994 is the 1st entire account of the political historical past of the previous British West African dependency to be written. It uses a lot hitherto unconsulted or unavailable British and Gambian reliable and personal documentary assets, in addition to interviews with many Gambian politicians and previous British colonial officers. the 1st a part of the ebook charts the origins and features of contemporary politics in colonial Bathurst (Banjul) and its enlargement into the Gambian inside (Protectorate) within the 20 years after international warfare II. by means of independence in 1965, older urban-based events within the capital have been defeated by means of a brand new, rural-based political business enterprise, the People's revolutionary celebration (PPP). the second one a part of the e-book analyzes the capability in which the PPP, below President Sir Dawda Jawara, succeeded in defeating either present and new rival political events and an tried coup in 1981. The booklet closes with an evidence of the loss of life of the PPP by the hands of a military coup in 1994. The ebook not just establishes these detailed points of Gambian political background, but additionally relates those to the broader local and African context, throughout the colonial and independence classes.
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Sidibeh, used to be at the start provided the social gathering nomination in MacCarthy Island, hesitated over accepting, and used to be changed by way of Leigh. 22 others, Jawara (Kombo) and Sheriff M. Dibba (Baddibu), have been favorite within the PPP in 1959–60. Dibba, who was once the twenty-three-year-old son of a Mandinka farmer from Salikene in crucial Baddibu, used to be trained at Armitage institution and the MBHS. previously a clerk for the UAC, he had served as a PPP assistant secretary in view that 1959. 23 a number of PPP applicants within the Protectorate have been both civil servants or college lecturers. the previous have been required to renounce to face for election, yet may possibly follow to be reappointed in the event that they have been defeated on the polls (and may possibly count on to regain their jobs). This staff incorporated Jawara, who was once the main senior Protectorate-born civil servant; Sisay; and Jerreh L. B. Daffeh (Kiang), who used to be a junior worker within the Veterinary division. The latter staff integrated Michael Baldeh (Basse) and Musa S. Dabo (Wuli-Sandu). 24 In Michael Baldeh’s case, a extra very important attention than his occupational prestige (or, certainly, his constrained involvement in Bathurst politics within the 1950s), used to be that the Baldehs of Mansajang Kunda have been one of many households who contested the chieftaincy of higher Fulladu East. Baldeh’s endorsement by means of the PPP, which was once enforced by means of Sanjally Bojang and different PPP militants, intended that their sour opponents, the Kruballys of Koba Kunda, quickly grew to become opposed to the get together and, as famous lower than, 3 of the sons of Seyfu Jewru Krubally have been to face opposed to the The “Green rebellion” 139 PPP as self reliant applicants. however the collection of Baldeh backfired, for even if the PPP paid his election deposit, he looks to have secretly defected to the UP even ahead of the election. 25 numerous different PPP applicants have been regarding, or recommended by means of, incumbent chiefs. Daffeh, for instance, used to be it seems that the nephew of Seyfu Karamo ok. Sanneh of Kiang West, and Omar Jame Sise (NianiSaloum) was once the son of the Seyfu of higher Saloum, Matar Sise. furthermore, Kalilu S. Dabo, the son of Seyfu Soro Dabo of Jarra East, used to be at the beginning selected because the PPP’s candidate in Jarra, yet was once later dropped for helping the assumption of an alliance with the DCA and changed by way of a tender policeman from Sankwia, Yaya Ceesay. 26 The PPP’s rudimentary association intended that it contested basically out of 7 seats within the Colony. Alphonso M. (Fansu) Demba, one other civil servant, was once chosen to struggle Kombo East, and Augusta Jawara, the spouse of the social gathering chief, grew to become the 1st Gambian lady to contest a Legislative Council/Parliamentary election. She stood in Soldier city, Bathurst, a constituency within which her fellow Aku made up one-quarter of the Gambian inhabitants. 27 The PPP additionally recommended the candidature of an self sustaining, A. S. C. Able-Thomas (a retired Aku headmaster), in one other Bathurst seat, New city West. 28 probably as many as eleven of the 14 applicants who have been initially chosen by way of the PPP (i. e. , together with Baldeh) have been Mandinka. those have been D. ok. Jawara, Sisay, Dibba, Daffeh, Demba, Sagnia, Leigh, Dabo, Yaya Ceesay, O.