Lang Marong

(JollofNews) – The death has been announced of Lamin (Lang) Marong, national deputy organising  secretary of the Gambia’s United Democratic Party (UDP).

Mr Marong who has been an active member of the UDP since its inception in 1996, died on Monday at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFTH) in Banjul where he was receiving treatment for an illness he contracted while in detention at the country’s Mile Two Prisons.

He was deputy to the late Solo Sandeng with whom he was arrested with last April for taking part in a rare but peaceful protest against the former regime of President Yahya Jammeh. After their arrest at the busy Westfield Junction, the pair and other UDP members were taken to the feared National Intelligence Agency’s headquarters in Banjul.

While in detention, they were subjected to long hours of sustained torture including beatings and kicking by security officers resulting in the death of Mr Sandeng.

After months of detention, Mr Marong was found guilty  for conspiring to commit felony, unlawful assembly, riot, incitement of violence, riotously interfering with traffic, holding a procession without a license and disobeying an order to disperse from an unlawful procession . He was sent to Mile Two Prisons were he was subjected to inhumane treatment and denied access to medical facilities. He was however released in January following the defeat of Mr Jammeh in the December 2016 election.

Shortly after his release, Mr Marong’s poor health took a turn for the worse and he was admitted EFTH where he took his last breath.

A statement from the UDP secretariat said the party is not only grieving at the passing of a tremendous individual but also for the loss his family suffers and the entire country.