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Fatoumatta: Politics in the Gambia are getting dirtier and dirtier. Until recently, in the country, we have seen compromised intimate nude images and romantic audios circulating on social media of prominent politicians who just got their intimate released to either blackmail or extort money; however, the latest romantic conversation audio on the rounds circulating on social media is alleged to be that Mr. Sheriff Sonko Chairman of Brikama Area Council with a prominent veiled woman politician. Fatoumatta: There are two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who believe they are honest. All men like beautiful and elegant women. History is littered with cases of great men who fell from grace thanks to sexual escapades gone awry. King David attracted God’s fury for sleeping with Uriah’s wife.

A few years ago, Dominique Strauss Khanna’s powerful Frenchman was forced to resign as IMF boss and abandon his presidential aspirations after allegations emerged. He engaged with a minor in sexual conduct and a hotel maid or housekeeper in a Manhattan hotel in New York. It is unimaginable the damage that an inconsequential moment of gratification can do. That is why whenever such urges consume me, I think about my future and take a cold shower. It helps to quell the raging flames of desire.
The Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparation Commission (TRRC) hearings have brought to attention that President Yahya Jammeh has become the greatest philanderer and one of the notorious womanizers in the political history of The Gambia. The link between illicit sex and power goes back to the third US President, Thomas Jefferson, Nelson Mandela. Muammar Gaddafi. Fidel Castro. John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump. Even King David and Solomon of the Bible. There are one common thread- feet of clay. They kept mistresses! Almost always, great leaders and revolutionaries who turn the levers of history are promiscuous men with an even greater affinity for sex.

Fatoumatta: Senegalese opposition figure Ousmane Sonko was accused in the capital Dakar on Monday after a 20-year-old beautician accused the politician of rape. However, controversy had dogged the politician since early this month when Senegalese media reported that an employee of a beauty salon had filed rape charges against him.
Sonko denied the charges in a series of Twitter posts late Sunday, saying he had visited the salon for massages to relieve back pain. The 46-year-old head of the opposition Pastef party added that the rape accusation was an “attempt at political liquidation,” noting that two people had always been present during the massages.

Fatoumatta: Sometimes, ago, most of you will remember how presidents and world leaders were dragged into the media to deny knowing or want to know what is in the skirt of women. What is in a skirt? It is a question you cannot ignore, especially when you recall how the pugnacious men suggest that politician had another honey pot. What is wrapped in a skirt that almost brought down President Bill Clinton? What did Monica Lewinsky possess underneath it that Hillary Rodham was lacking? What was so warm, so tasty, so desirable in an intern that the president put the oval office in jeopardy and his presidency at the mercy of the senators? The power of the skirt may be mysterious.
Maybe the skirt possesses a supernatural allure, an obsession to unwrap it even when a man is confident it legally belongs to another. You will remember how the sunbaked thighs of a Moroccan girl, a 17-year-old belly dancer Karima El Mahroug, known as “Ruby the heart stealer,” took away Italy’s PM, Silvio Berlusconi’s heart. Yeah, she was ruby, a gem of immense value for the 74 yr old to deny. The flesh of polished copper and carrier of fruits shouting to the old PM, “come eat me.” Her thighs swallowed his ego, his power, and his seat altogether, leaving him in the mercy of the courts. So what is in a skirt?

Fatoumatta: Should God have made us, men, blind as millipedes? Did He intend to have our sight as our undoing? Had former Managing Director of the IMF Dominique Gaston André Strauss-Kahn been blind as a bat, perhaps he would still be the President of France? What Nafissatou Diallo, a 32-year-old maid of a New York hotel, is the reason you wish he were blind. Why would an economist of such heights go for a maid with all the power, wealth, and privilege? Couldn’t he look for the high-end commercial honey dealers even for credit? For just a night? Are not power and privilege enough armor against the skirt’s charms and the enchantment of its spell?
From time immemorial, the skirt has brought down kings and commoners alike. David fell to Bathsheba and Caeser to Cleopatra. Do you remember Obi Okwonkwo of Umuofia, as told by Chinua Achebe even eloped with Clara against culture? Maybe you have to thank the skirt sometimes. Because of the skirt, you have an Anglican church, a scion of Church of England. The skirt will never tire. Only the devil beat it in the Garden of Eden. Sorry, Eve was naked. Maybe had she a skirt, we would still be in the garden because Satan would seek to unwrap it other than advertise a mango.

Quoting Robert Greene’s The Art of Seduction reminds me that, “The intellectual is often the one most susceptible to the siren call of pure physical pleasure because his life so lacks it. The sirens does not have to worry about finding the right victim. Her magic works on the one she wants! A man is often ruined by a siren, yet cannot tear himself away. Sirens are often fantastically irrational which is immensely attractive to men who are oppressed by their own reasonableness! ” My brother goes on to say that Sheriff Sonko is the latest victim. I say that the only mistake Sheriff Sonko made was getting caught on audio recording. Yes, caught unawares. That is the only mistake. It would be best if you never got caught.

Fatoumatta: I belong to the expanded school of thought propagated by John Stuart Mill and H.L.A Hart that society has no business to discuss and regulate private conduct. However, unfortunately, the advent of Facebook, Facebook messenger, and the overused WhatsApp forums also brought another breed of humans and vice. The sharing of intimate nudes images and audiovisuals. Teenagers do it. Older adults ad parents do it, and government ministers name them, and journalists and politicians Journalists do it.

Real people seek privacy, remove clothes, take photos of the desired areas, and send them to another human being. To achieve some ends. In social media, you will encounter the petty of the prettiest. Why would adult romantic couples record a romantic conversation and love situation be a topic that preoccupies the mind? I correctly understand the sensibilities involved, but can’t we leave his private and intimate life out of our political and kitchen table discussions?
Thus, in 2017 when Multi-millionaire Rwandan beauty and women rights activist Diane Shima Rwigara launched her presidential campaign, the first serious challenge to President Paul Kagame, she forgot she had nudes, some too explicit to share with humanity. Two days later, the world is being treated to her entire womanhood, her inner sanctum. President Paul Kagame was milking it to the fullest. As a result, a promising presidency collapses before our very eyes.

Fatoumatta: The move to dilute Sheriff Sonko’s political popularity, who has recently boldly come out to attack his estranged Godfather, may have ignited the release of the romantic audio conversation. That is why when yours truly is jarred, unavoidably, by circumstances, he seeks to revert quickly to himself lest he loses rhythm more than he can help. So he buries himself to the chapter of Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations, where the good emperor thanked Gods that he never laid a finger on Benedicta or Theodotus and that when he was overwhelmed by the passion, he recovered. Yours indeed, thanks for the skirt for being here. Does yours truly love the skirt? Tell me you knowers of everything!
Will you be caught?

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