Former Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, has been accused of raping a 23-year old beauty queen – Fatou “Toufah” Jallow – during his tenure in office.
She shared her testimony which has now being considered as part of a Human Rights Watch and Trial International report that details another alleged rape and sexual assault by Mr Jammeh.
When the media tried to contact Mr Jammeh, who now lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea, about the allegations, a spokesman for his APRC party denied the accusations made against Mr Jammeh.
“We as a party and The Gambian people are tired of the steady stream of unfounded allegations that have been reported against our ex-president,” said Ousman Rambo Jatta, in a written statement.
“The ex-president has no time to react to lies and smear campaigns. He is a very respectable God fearing and pious leader who has nothing but respect for our Gambian women,” the deputy APRC leader said.
Ms Jallow told the media she wanted to meet Mr Jammeh, 54, in court so he could face justice.
“I decided to speak now because it is time to tell the story and to make sure that Yayha Jammeh hears what he has done.” Fatou “Toufah” Jallow, Former beauty queen said.
“I’ve really tried to hide the story and erase it and make sure it’s not part of me.
“Realistically I couldn’t so I decided to speak now because it is time to tell the story and to make sure that Yayha Jammeh hears what he has done.” She added.