Gambia: Gov’t gives D50M for TRRC reparations

Hits: 2669The Minister of Justice, Abubacarr Tambadou has announced that government will give an initial D50 million to the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission to pay reparations to victims of human rights violations of the former President Yahya Jammeh. The money, according to Tambadou, was raised from funds recovered from the sale of former President Jammeh’s assets. Disclosing this at a press conference yesterday, Tambadou said: “It has become increasingly apparent to the government based on revelations at the TRRC over the past one year that former President Yahya Jammeh…

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Gambia: Mai says GMC hasn’t rejected Barrow

Hits: 2713The leader of the Gambia Moral Congress, Mai Ahmad Fatty, has clarified that his party’s decision to disassociate itself from the extension of President Adama Barrow’s mandate doesn’t mean a rejection of the Gambian leader. The GMC issued a public statement distancing itself from the declaration of Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang on the extension of Barrow’s mandate. But Fatty, who also doubles as the President’s special adviser said the decision was not a rejection or ill intention to sabotage the President. “As the Leader, I am bound by the Party’s…

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Gambia: GAP not sold to Gen Bojang – Batchilly

Hits: 2280The secretary general of the Gambia Action Party, Musa Yali Batchilly has dismissed as unfounded, rumours that he has sold the party to General Lamin Bojang, whom he announced Monday as the party’s presidential candidate. Ever since Mr Batchilly made the startling revelation that Gen Bojang will lead GAP to the next elections, many theories started flying as to what led to the sudden development. Last night, The Standard received reports that Batchilly has sold the party to settle his many financial problems, but he categorically denied that. “That…

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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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