By Sandra Birungi
Gambia president, H.E Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh has decided to sell all his assets before being ousted.
President Jammeh has decided to sell all his assets to prevent those who will oust him from taking his property. He contends that the presidency is about to elude him despite being a military man but he does not want to leave power without anything to account for it.
He took power in a July 1994 military coup and was elected as President in 1996 and re-elected in 2001, 2006, and 2011. He received a secondary school education in the Gambia, joined the Gambian National Army in 1984, was commissioned a Lieutenant in 1989, and in 1992 became commander of the Gambian Military Police.
Jammeh has been accused of restricting freedom of the press in addition to being accused of killing 12 students and a journalist during a student demonstration to protest the death of a student in The Gambia. Jammeh was accused of ordering the shooting of the students, but the government denied the allegations. These took place on 10 and 11 April 2000.
Jammeh’s first marriage ended in divorce but he married his second wife Zeinab Suma Jammeh, in 1999 and they have two children as of 2007: a daughter, Mariam Jammeh, and a son, Muhammed Yahya Jammeh.