Politicians of Hamat Bah’s ilk work to undermine and destroy the peaceful and socially cohesive nature of The Gambia, Dr Ismaila Ceesay has charged.

Tourism Minister Hamat Bah on Saturday branded the opposition as ‘rats’ and warned Gambian Fulas against voting for them. He did not mention any of the opposition by name.

His comments have however sparked huge anger among Gambians who have continued to condemn him.

Dr Ismaila Ceesay said on Saturday: “Hamat Bah’s tribal and demeaning statement is an open assumption of despicable and disgraceful bigotry. Politicians of his ilk work to undermine and destroy the peaceful and socially cohesive nature of The Gambia.

“Gambians will not allow a few selfish and divisive individuals to disrupt the peaceful coexistence that defines us as a nation. We urge President Barrow to condemn the shameful and potentially destructive statement of Hamat Bah.

“Equally, we strongly condemn all forms of discrimination and ethnic profiling, and we call for the equal treatment of all Gambians regardless of ethnic origin or religious belief.”