On May 15 SBMC Gambia reported: Gambia’s Foreign Secretary Ousainou Darboe says he will support the repealing of an anti-homosexual law that soured relations between the West African nation and the European Union.
Darboe said homosexuality was an imaginary issue Jammeh used to oppress innocent Gambians but the phenomenon was no issue in the small country.
“The aggravated homosexuality was a distraction and it should be taken out of the laws… You pass laws to deal with situations, not an imaginary problem.,” says Mr. Darboe.
“Homosexuality was perhaps something Jammeh imagined in order to bamboozle the clerics that were surrounding him… He used gay as a propaganda tool in order for him to continue to repress people.
”Darboe’s UDP party, the country’s largest political group gained the majority in the country’s lawmaking body and says his United Democratic Party will support the repealing of the law, which punished homosexuals in the country up to life in prison.
Dozens of men and women were arrested between 2012 and 2015 on allegations of being gays, including a young 15-year-old boy. They were tortured and paraded on national television but later released as international pressure was mounted on Jammeh