Gambia: Kandeh urges IEC to stop BYM

Hits: 2161The leader of Gambia Democratic Congress, Mamma Kandeh has called on the Independent Electoral Commission to immediately stop the Barrow Youth Movement from organising political activities because it’s not legally registered. Kandeh, who was addressing hundreds of Yai Copins and party militants at the Baobab Residence Monday, said BYM is illegally campaigning for President Barrow with total disregard to the country’s electoral laws. “The IEC should immediately intervene and stop them or else they will create a situation of lawlessness where others will also do whatever they want without…

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Gambia: €1.3m energy project handed over to Nawec

Hits: 1807The Gambian-German energy project, which seeks to modernise the country’s energy sector and its infrastructure has officially been handed over to the National Water and Electricity Company at a ceremony held at the Petroleum House in Brusubi. The project was sealed last year after the visit of the German president Frank Walter Steinmeier who pronounced his government’s readiness to support the stabilisation of Gambia’s energy sector. As part of the implementation, the project has since led to the installation of independent communication infrastructure and data collection on the transmission…

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Gambia: PDOIS seeks clarification from F. Tambajang

Hits: 1755Following media reports on the amendment of the Coalition Agreement, the People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism wrote the following letter to Madam Fatoumatta Tambajang to seek clarification: Madam Fatoumatta Tambajang  Ref: P/COAL/2/10/19/(1) 2nd October, 2019 Dear Honourable Jallow Tambajang, SUBJECT: CLARIFICATION OF UTTERANCES ON PURPORTED AMENDMENT OF COALITION 2016 AGREEMENT The media houses have been approaching PDOIS for explanation whether the text of an amendment to the 17th October 2016 Coalition agreement had been agreed upon and signed by coalition partners. We are not aware of the crafting and…

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Gambia: Police arrest 2 with fake gold worth over D14m

Hits: 5257Police have arrested Maimuna Bojang, a native of Sanchaba Medina and Seedy Trawally of Kerr Serigne with fake gold; worth about D14, 280, 000, The Point can authoritatively report. The suspects were arrested at Senegambia on Friday 27 September 2019 at around 11 a.m. They are currently detained at the Police Headquarters in Banjul, as investigation into the matter continues. A source who is familiar with the matter told The Point that the suspects wanted to sell the fake gold to one Nkere Fofana Crazneit, a male Gabonese national,…

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Gambia: DLEAG arrests 2 with cocaine

Hits: 5554Operatives of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency The Gambia (DLEAG) have arrested one Sequel Balde and Seco Balde at the Giboro Border Post with suspected cocaine, The Point has been informed. When contacted about the development, the spokesperson of the DLEAG confirmed the arrest and detention of the two Bissau nationals. He explained that the first suspect, Sequel Balde, 29, was arrested on 31 August 2019 at the Giboro Border Post with 100 pellets of cocaine, while Seco Balde was arrested on 14 September 2019 with 75 pellets of…

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Gambia: Jammeh victims challenge gov’t to deal with perpetrators

Hits: 1623Adama Jallow, the national coordinator, Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations has challenged the government to hold perpetrators of human rights violations to account. Jallow made these observations at a capacity building workshop for the Victims Center on international standards and legal instruments to fight against impunity organised by Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) and funded by the European Union. “I take this opportunity to renew our call to the Gambia Government to fulfil its commitment to provide effective remedies and reputations that…

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‘Absence of UDP and PDOIS will not invalidate Barrow’s Mandate’

Hits: 1827Essa Dampha, a political aide to President Barrow and chairman of West Coast Region’s coalition media team, has said that the absence of PDOIS and UDP from Friday’s declaration extending Barrow’s mandate will not invalidate that decision. The two parties are believed to have been the biggest players in the creation of Coalition 2016 but both have for one reason or the other not participated in the recent Coalition talks to amend the MoU. While PDOIS had said the spirit and principles of the MoU have long been violated,…

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GAP Unveils Gen Lamin Bojang as Leader

Hits: 1771Musa Batchilly, the secretary general of the Gambia Action Party yesterday announced that General Lamin Bojang, a former Commander of the Gambia Armed Forces is the party’s candidate for the 2021 presidential election without his consent. Addressing a press conference at QCity, Mr Batchilly said although the decision was taken without Mr Bojang’s consent, he is confident that he (Bojang) will accept the offer. “It is hoped that he will accept our selection and lead our party to victory. The Gambia Action Party has decided to select Mr Bojang…

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Swiss court extends Ousman Sonko’s detention to 2020

Hits: 1968Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court has ruled that Ousman Sonko, a former interior minister of Gambia suspected of human rights abuses, must remain in Swiss detention until January 2020. In a decision published on Monday, the Bellinzona-based court rejected his appeal challenging his detention based on the new evidence collected during the investigation conducted by the Swiss prosecuting authorities. Sonko was a member of the Gambian army under the regime of former President Yahya Jammeh from 1994 to 2016. He was appointed Commander of the Presidential Guard, an elite unit…

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Gambia: Coalition endorses 5 years for Barrow

Hits: 2786Coalition stakeholders met last Friday to endorse a five-year mandate for President Adama Barrow in contrast to the initial agreement of three years in 2016. The meeting which was held at State House came following multiple pressures from distinct political entities particularly the ‘3 Years Jotna’, asking Mr. Barrow to step down in December as agreed in the Coalition MoU. However, the outcome of the meeting which was not attended by the United Democratic Party (UDP) and People’s Democratic Organisation Independent and Socialism (PDOIS) has now given President Barrow…

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