Gov’t announces mandatory facemask wearing

Hits: 7784The Government spokesperson, Ebrima Sankareh, has announced that Gambians will be required to wear masks effective Friday as authorities scale up efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19. Sankareh who made this disclosure at a weekly inter-ministerial press conference hosted by MOICI at GRTS building, said the police will start enforcing the order by Friday. The government’s decision came on the heels of a scary surge of Covid-19 cases in the country as health authorities revealed consecutive records showed the largest single situational reports of 14 and 15 Covid-19…

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45 stranded Gambian women in Lebanon to return soon – NAATIP

Hits: 8186The executive director, National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons has revealed that her office is working on repatriating the 45 Gambian women stranded in Lebanon. Tulie Jarawa-Cessay further said the process to return them is slow because of the travel restrictions around the world as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. “Once they are back their cases will be investigated or even where they are now, if they will be able to give us information as to who their perpetrators are, we can start interviews right here,” she said.…

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Gambia: SIC denies receiving D8M from Barrow

Hits: 10844The Supreme Islamic Council has denied reports that its officials had received millions of dalasis from President Adama Barrow for a nationwide tour to canvass for him to serve for five years. Recent social media reports suggested that President Barrow gave the top brass of the country’s apex Islamic body eight million dalasis for a nationwide tour to ask Gambians to rally behind him regarding his plan to remain in office until 2021. But in a rebuttal posted on its website on Friday, SIC said the tour has ‘nothing…

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Girl, 15, Arrested For ‘poisoning’ Parents

Hits: 11660An unidentified fifteen-year-old girl was Friday arrested, questioned and released on bail by police in Basse for allegedly poisoning her parents, The Standard can reliably report. She was questioned then confessed to putting poison in her parents’ food who survived. According to a family source, the girl told the police that her actions were out of frustration with her parents’ continuous interference in her private life. “The girl would always want to go out at night but her parents would refuse, especially when they realised that whenever she left…

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Gambia: Ex-VP Tambajang accuses Tangara, Darboe of engineering her sacking

Hits: 5399Former vice president Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajang has accused Foreign Minister Mamadou Tangara of running a vendetta against her. Speaking to Kerr Fatou in a lengthy interview to be aired on GRTS today, Tambajang further blamed Tangara and Ousainu Darboe for masterminding her sacking in 2018 after just over one year. “The president said he removed me because I have written a letter to the UN signing it as acting president which was unconstitutional and undiplomatic. Barrow said that was the advice he got from Mamadou Tangara, now Foreign Minister and…

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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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