By Lamin Njie

Gambia Democratic Congress has said it has learned with dismay alleged threats of death directed at the party’s youth president.

MC Cham Jnr at the weekend accused a military police officer Sarjo Conteh of threatening to kill him if he ever takes part in Operation Three Years Jotna’s December protest.

GDC in a statement on Monday said it is expressing its ‘profound’ concern over the threats.

“The alleged Sarjo Conteh has sworn to shoot at MC Cham if he is out on the street on December demanding for President Barrow to step down. Mr Conteh made mentioned of the training of 100s of security personells against the “3yearsJotna” movement in December,” the party’s statement said.

It added: “It is saddened to know that the new Gambia that would have been guided by the respect for human rights, freedom to assemble and respect for protesters view are being oppressed which does not tell well in the building of a new Gambia for all.

“The alleged, Sarjo Conteh has apologized to MC Cham which is accepted. The party leadership would use this opportunity to remind the entire security sector to be more loving and protective to the Gambians as their priority.

“The GDC is calling on the government to be more responsible to her people as part of their mandate is to protect Gambia and Gambians irrespective of their political difference.

“The party would like to thank individuals, media houses, activists and political parties who have shown great concern during this trying times.”