It seems the business of preaching against President Jammeh has become a lucrative one. Some of the Diasporian political activists are now enjoying a celebrity-like status as a result.
The amount of money they mobilise for their anti-Jammeh campaign and the people put in charge of those funds remains a mystery to many Gambians.
A few days ago, some of them were in Geneva, and they wasted no time to share photos of themselves in restaurants and tourist attraction sites.
These are people who have repeatedly spoken out against the high cost of living in The Gambia and the urgent need to cut public expenses.
And, not all of their patrons are happy. In an interview, a member of the ‘struggle’ said: “This is why I stopped donating money to organisations in the Diaspora. I cannot be working more than 12 hours a day to help someone live a celebrity lifestyle.”
Seedia Bayo, who doesn’t even hold a Gambian voter’s card, employs more than four bodyguards and stays at the expensive Radisson Blu Hotel whenever he visits Dakar, Senegal.
A prominent member of the struggle, however, downplayed our findings and defended the activists.
He said: “Don’t be silly, they are not celebrities!”