With effect from today, the entire function of the Gambia government will be surely moved to the border hamlet of Kanilai where President Yahya Jammeh has embarked on a 35-day vacation.
A news release from the President’s Office confirmed that the Gambian leader is expected to return to Banjul on October 3rd. The release added that between August 13th and October 3rd, Mr. Jammeh will focus on farming activities in Kanilai.
In a country where nothing gets approved or done until the president gives the green means the government officials will be trekking between Banjul and Kanilai to get Jammeh’s anointment. War betides a lone wolf – anyone who does not bow down before Jammeh in Kanilai, a senior government official was heard murmuring.
“Yes, the leave is a constitutional requirement but 35 days is just too long,” complained a senior official.
“It will also be costly on the state since all government officials, including ministers and hundreds of soldiers, will be visiting Kanilai on a daily basis. This has been a frequent routine in the past. These frequent trips back and forth to Kanilai will put strains on fuel budgets.”