BY MUSTAPHA JALLOW,
Fans and admirers of renowned TV Journalist and former Director of State House Press, Fatou Camara, have expressed their dismay and concern over her sudden arrest and detention. Fatou Camara was arrested at her residence in Bijilo in the Kanifing Municipality for over 3 weeks now and her whereabouts is still unknown. She is renowned for her Weekly Television programme, ‘THE FATOU SHOW’ which is broadcast and aired on GRTS. It is a show that attracts many Gambians and non-Gambians alike. Sympathisers, enthusiasts or admirers of her show have been enquiring about her situation, indicating that they have missed her show for three weeks now. One of them mentioned that she was online on facebook for a brief period (maybe five to ten minutes) which was strange to him.With this development, this reporter yesterday 29 September 2013 ventured out in the streets to sound the views of people.
One Sainabou Njie, a resident of Tallinding in the KMC said, “I was dismayed and shocked with the News that Fatou is being arrested.” This great follower of the Fatou Show opined that Fatou has been very committed and hardworking in whatever she does, noting that the Fatou Show served as an opportunity to promote Gambian talents like Musical artists and cultural issues as well as interesting Educational Shows that inform, educate and entertain the entire Gambian Populace.
“I’m now scared to even work under the State because I’m discouraged with the frequent arrests and detentions of Government Officials, making me think that working with them could put one’s life at risk,” she lamented.One Modou Lamin Darboe also describes Fatou as a decent young lady who loves whatever she is doing while contributing to Nation building. “We’ve missed the ‘Fatou Show’ on GRTS nearly 3 weeks now thus making us bored,” he added. This young man called on the State to promptly intervene since she has been held incommunicado without access to family and relatives.
Visiting Fatou’s residence in Bijilo to hear from the family and close relatives of the detained Ms Fatou Camara, the family member and neighbours insisted that they do not know much about her whereabouts and the possible reason for her arrest and detention.