By Adama Tine
The leader of the Gambia Action Party (GAP), Ex-Major Alieu Sowe has disclosed that foreign troops will leave The Gambia within 72 hours after he is elected president.
The Gambia, he said is a sovereign state and as a people, Gambian’s have a right to be free and not have interference from other nations.
The GAP flag bearer for the 2021 presidential elections made the remarks while presenting his nomination papers at the Independent Electoral Commission.
“Every Gambian will be treated as a Gambian. If you look at my supporters, they are all young people and we know the problems of the young people,” Mr Sowe said.
Answering a question about the declaration of his assets, he said if it is necessary, and if Gambian people want, he will declare all his assets. He promised reforms in the areas of health, education and agriculture in the short and long term.
Major Sowe, 45, is from Cheedi Wolof village in Upper Baddibu. He attended Minteh Kunda Primary School and Farafenni Senior Secondary School.
In 1996, he enrolled in a paramilitary training course at the Guards Training School in Bakau and later studied criminal investigation through the Gambia Police Force Prosecution Department. He recently completed his studies in international relations and diplomacy at the Management Development Institute, MDI.
Sowe also served as a private soldier from 1995 to 2006 before being promoted to lance corporal in 2009, a staff sergeant in 2012 and captain in 2015. In 2016, he was promoted to Major.