Author: Gainako

By Banna Sabally Between 2008 and 2009, Gambia’s Former President Yahya Jammeh launched an assault on the rights and dignities of innocent citizens, mostly the elderly, by accusing them of being witches and wizards. Those accused of being either witches or wizards were forced to drink a poisonous herbal concoction. Some died as a result. While the exercise was widely known at the time, to be going on, the extent of the damage caused and the massive human rights violations allegedly committed, were exposed by The Gambia’s Truth Commission (the TRRC) between 2019 and 2021. The former President has a strong belief…

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By Edrissa Jallow The misuse of the Sniper insecticide in Gambian homes reached a whole new level in early June 2022 when a viral WhatsApp audio featuring a woman’s voice claimed that vendors are using the poisonous insecticide to preserve smoked fish. That claim has been found to be true. When the June 5 audio which was first shared on WhatsApp and marked as “forwarded many times” went viral, it found its way on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms used by Gambians. What followed was a massive public outcry. The Food Safety and Quality Authority of The Gambia (FSQA), the Ministry of Health, and…

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This is the speech of the Gambia’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairperson Emmanuel Daniel Joof delivered on Saturday 6th August 2022 on the occasion of an interface stakeholder dialogue on Security Sector Reform (SSR). Below is the speech. By NHRC Chairperson Emmanuel Daniel Joof I take this opportunity to thank the Solo Sandeng Foundation for holding this interactive dialogue between state actors, in the security sector reform process and the citizenry, with a view to enhancing public trust in our various security personnel and for local ownership of the ongoing SSR process. NHRC as the institution mandated to promote…

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This is the statement of Finance Minister Hon Seedy Keita delivered at the Gambia’s National Assembly on the tabling of the Revised 2022 Budget which took place on Thursday 28th July 2022. Below is the entire speech delivered on the day. Mr Speaker, I rise to submit before this August Assembly a Revised Budget for 2022 as per the provisions of Section 30(1) of the Public Finance Act of 2014 states that “The Minister may submit a Revised Budget to the National Assembly with any changes on revenues and expenditures that may be required, within the limit of the total…

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By the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Abuja, August 3, 2022 – Gambian authorities should swiftly investigate and hold to account the police officers who harassed journalist Yusef Taylor, drop any charges against the journalist, and allow him to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On July 5, police officers blocked Taylor, editor and manager of the privately owned Gainako news website, from reporting about a land dispute in Gambia’s West Coast region, and then arrested him and charged him with obstructing police, according to the journalist, who spoke to CPJ in a phone interview, and a statement by…

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On Wednesday 3rd August 2022 the Chinese Ambassador to the Gambia held a press conference condemning the recent visit of United States Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan which it called a “serious violation of the one-China principle”.​ Below is the entire speech as delivered which is similar to the speech delivered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China 2022-08-02 23:08 On 2 August, in disregard of China’s strong opposition and serious representations, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi visited China’s Taiwan region. This…

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By Patience Loum In December 2021, the Ministry of Health (MoH) with support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched a COVID-19 awareness campaign in The Gambia which resulted in 1,500 people being vaccinated from 60 border communities in the North Bank (NBR) and Upper River Region (UPR). According to the IOM, “mobile populations along the historically porous border between The Gambia and Senegal tend to be more vulnerable to the spread of the disease and are also often hardest to reach with health information and services due to their remoteness and distance from regional health facilities”. Health Minister…

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The Department of Water Resources has published a press release on the aftermath of the flash floods devastating residents of The Gambia mostly in the Greater Banjul Area towards the last two days of July 2022. The statement noted that since 31st July 1988 the Gambia has not recorded such a significant amount of rainfall in 34 years. However, residents in flood-prone areas have been warned to brace up for more rain, thunderstorms and strong winds on the 3rd and 4th of August 2022. Below is the press release from the Department of Water Resources. FLASH FLOODING THAT AFFECTED THE…

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By Food Bank Gambia Food Bank Gambia is the first food relief/ assistance project in The Gambia which aims to provide food assistance to the needy and minimize food waste. The goal of Food Bank Gambia is to eradicate hunger and boost the country’s food security through food assistance and the implementation of programs focusing on breaking the cycle of poverty. After the recent flash floods Food Bank Gambia will be rolling out community outreach to assist flood victims to stay hunger-free. According to Hunger Statistics from the World Bank Hunger has been on the increase in The Gambia from…

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By Alieu Ceesay On Saturday and Sunday 30th to 31st July 2022, a non-stop downpour of rain left a number of households flooded within the Kanifing Municipality including Bakau “ Farokono” and “Tippa Garage” to name a few. Residents could be seen bailing buckets of water out of their buildings with rain water left with no exit routes but to return to their compounds. Yesterday, many Gambians at home and abroad woke up to videos and concerns of people who could hardly sleep given the non-stop rain and the flood water entering their living rooms. This forced numerous Government Leaders…

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