The Government of the Gambia Thursday approved an application made by the country’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat for a television licence.
The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Vice President Fatoumata Tambajang. During the meeting, ministers considered recommendation by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) for the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure to issue a content service provider (TV) licence for Muslim Television Ahmadiyya.
The decision to give TV licence to the Ahmadis is likely to anger senior clerics of the country’s Supreme Islamic Council, who regards Ahmadis as non-Muslims.
The clerics have used their Friday sermons to campaigned against a television station for the Ahmadis, which they said would be used as a “propaganda tool to adulterate the minds” of the Islamic community.
One prominent Gambian Islamic scholar, Imam Ratib Muhammad Al Amin Drammeh of Serrekunda has warned the government against granting a TV licence to the Ahmadis as they are not Muslims.
“The Ahmadis have to stop making false claims about their true identity. They cannot apply a TV license on the basis they are Muslims,” the imam told the Associated Press News Agency.