Gambia: GMC holds first meeting since party leader’s cabinet removal

Hits: 2398The GMC party has held its first meeting since the ouster of its party leader, Mai Ahmad Fatty from the government of President Adama Barrow. The party, which has been seen as a “one-man party” since its inception attract a handful of supporters after Fatty became the country’s Minister of Interior and took a strong stand against supporters of the ex-President Yahya Jammeh. Fatty was sacked last week, in a decision by Mr. Barrow that came as a shock to many. Fatty’s dismissal has put to question the survival…

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Gambia: Hamat Bah Signs Agreement to Boost Tourism

Hits: 2475Minister of Tourism Hamat Bah on Saturday signed an agreement with a U.S. based consulting firm in what would be a mega boost for the tourism industry. Bah signed the MOU with FTI Consulting in a new effort to build two five-star hotels and train at least 900 Gambians on tourism – a critical economic sector for the Gambia. The tourism sector is one of the country’s main revenue generators, contributing 20 percent of its budget. It also employs thousands of people. It has suffered a dint after the…

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Gambia: Will Lamin Gano fulfill his promise?

Hits: 2497Lamin Gano, a former military aide to ex-President Yahya Jammeh pledged to serve voluntarily in the army if President Adama Barrow fires Mai Ahmad Fatty. While Gano’s promise is not the reason for Barrow’s sacking of Mai Fatty, he now has a commitment to keep. Gano will have to officially approach the Gambia Armed Forces for voluntary service. Gano is accused Fatty of abuse of power for denying to approve a license for him to operate a private security firm – Frontline Security. Fatty had approved several other licenses…

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Gambia: Students in Brikamaba take lessons in deplorable classrooms

Hits: 2362A school in Central Gambia, where students are taking lessons in roofless and hazardous classrooms is in need of urgent assistance to meet safety standards. In Brikamaba, elementary school students sit in classrooms with half of the roof blown off and visible cracks in the walls that show that classrooms could even collapse. “We everything here in this school. Tables, chairs and even stationaries. We do not even have enough chalks. If you look at this class, we have 45 students here but only five tables,” said Headmaster Pa…

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Gambia’s Ousted Security Minister Rubbishes Corruption Allegations

Hits: 2376Gambian minister who was dismissed from the West African nation’s unity government’s cabinet has denied corruption allegations against him. Mai Ahmad Fatty, the country’s former Minister of Interior broke silence on Tuesday after he was alleged to have taken a $333,000 (D15 million dalasis) bribe fro a Belgian company for national identification document contract. “Anything that is said out there is just rumors being spread by my enemies and there is no iota of truth in whatever they are saying. The truth will always triumph,” Fatty said. “I vehemently…

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Gambian Migrant Shot in Italian Asylum Camp

Hits: 2423An unidentified Gambian man has been shot inside an asylum camp for refugees hosting hundreds of African migrants, leaving the man in his late twenties in a critical condition at a hospital. The man was held by his colleagues, who were speaking in local Gambian dialects saying he was shot by one of the camp officials following a disagreement. “He shot him. It was the camp manager. He has a gun and he shot him,” one of the men holding the wounded migrant said. Blood was oozing out of…

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Gambia: This is why Halifa did not take a Govt Job

Hits: 2506When President Barrow named his cabinet, there was one name that missing – Halifa Sallah. Sallah is the leader of the PDOIS party and had been the spokesperson the coalition that backed the president to victory. Supporters of Halifa Sallah accused the new regime of sidelining the veteran politician but Barrow shortly appointed him his Special Advisor on Policy and Governance. Sallah spent barely a month in the executive job before resigning, choosing to become a Member of Parliament for the commercial city of Serrekunda. Halifa Sallah refused to…

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Gambia: Is Mai Fatty Turning Down the Ambassadorial Post?

Hits: 2366Just hours after his sacking, Mai Ahmad Fatty, the former Minister of Interior made a statement thanking his supporters. The statement contained a bold line, which may be an indication future plans. Fatty has been offered a place in the Foreign Service, possibly becoming an ambassador to a nation Southern Africa or the Middle East, but sources say the former minister seems reluctant out of anger. It seems Fatty is making a personal decision to remain on the outside for now and have a comeback as an influential opposition…

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We will use violence against you and nothing will come out of it, police tell #OccupyWestfield protesters

Hits: 2371Gambian authorities deployed riot police Sunday to disperse a gathering of the #OccupyWestfield movement after their assembly permit was denied. The movement’s leaders gathered at the Westfield Square to give a statement against the reversal of the decision allowing them to protest by the country’s police chief. A police commander leading the deployed squad of at least two dozen officers threatened to use violence against occupiers if they do not leave within three minutes. “We will use violence against you and nothing will come of it,” the officer warned.…

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Inconsistency or Hypocrisy: The need for an Explanation

Hits: 2430When some citizens joined pro-democracy activists asking President Adama Barrow to unveil the name of the anonymous donor of 57 vehicles, some of his supporters said the Head of State owes no one an explanation. Few weeks past and President Barrow carried out the unexpected: fired interior minister Mai Ahmad Fatty from his cabinet. Barrow has lost some supporters, who are Fatty-lovers but that is not the issue here. The Fatty-lovers, who want Mr. Barrow to stay mute over the anonymous donor are now demanding an explanation for the…

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