Author: Gainako

By Right 2 Know (R2K) Gambia: An urgent call for a grand political coalition to preserve democracy, justice, accountability, peace, and national cohesion The recent announcement on September 4, 2021, by the interim leader of the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), Fabakary Tombong Jatta, of a political merger between Yahya Jammeh’s party and president Adama Barrow’s National Peoples’ Party (NPP) for the 2021 Presidential election, is the culmination of the ultimate political and moral betrayal of the Gambian people. It is a sign of weakness and the actions of a desperate head of state who remains determined to…

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By Ousman Saidykhan The Lord Mayor of Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC), Talib Ahmed Bensouda and partners presented Gambian Olympians, Gina Bass and Ebrima Camara with the “keys to the City” and two cheques of D250,000 each. The cheques and awards were jointly funded by the KMC Mayor, Talib Ahmed Bensouda, Trust Bank Limited, Africell and MFH group as a token of appreciation for their performances in the recently concluded Olympics. The presentation ceremony was held on Friday, 3rd September 2021 at the KMC Offices and aims to promote sports within the Municipality. According to Mayor Bensouda, the initiative was inspired…

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This is the concluding remarks of Emmanuel Daniel Joof, the current Chairperson of the Gambia’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) at the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) on Thursday 20th May 2021. Mr Joof is a renowned Human Rights Advocate and was speaking on his experiences during the previous regime which all took place well before he became the Chairperson of the NHRC. Below is a link to the video testimony. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVfR_RyqDyU&feature=youtu.be My Message to Gambians:                  Lest we forget what happened during the 22 years reign of the AFRC/APRC under President Jammeh, please permit me to quote from the…

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By Kaddy Jawo Domestic violence and the Covid 19 Pandemic may not appear to be connected, however, research has shown that the Coronavirus Pandemic has lead to lockdowns across the globe which in turn has seen a rise in domestic violence. The Covid-19 lockdown has kept more women at home with their partners for prolonged periods, often leading to domestic violence. Through data and interviews conducted this article argues that women have found themselves between two pandemics as the Coronavirus continues to claim lives while domestic violence continued to increase during the Covid-19 Lockdown period. After one year of Covid…

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This is the speech of the President of the Republic of the Gambia, President Adama Barrow on the occasion of the State of the Nation Address for the 2021 Legislative Year delivered at the National Assembly on Thursday 9th September 2021. Below is a link to the live stream video of the National Assembly sitting on the State of the Nation Address 2021. https://www.facebook.com/gainakonewspaper/videos/149565717357098 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Your Excellency, the Vice President, Madam Speaker, My Lord, the Chief Justice, Honourable Secretary-General and Head of the Civil Service, Honourable Cabinet Members, Honourable Members of the National Assembly, Lord Mayor of Banjul, Venerable Religious Leaders, Service Chiefs, Senior Government Officials, Members of the Diplomatic…

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Press Release  Gambia For All (GFA) party’s Central Committee calls for the formation of a Grand Coalition of Like-minded Opposition Parties  The Central Committee (CC) of the party met on Thursday 9thSeptember 2021 under the Chairmanship of the Party Leader and Secretary General, Hon. Bakary B. Dabo, to review the activities and programmes of the Party since its last meeting. During the meeting, the members also discussed the recently announced alliance between the National People’s Party (NPP) led by President Adama Barrow, and the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) led by former President Yahya AJJ Jammeh. Ordinarily, an…

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By Madi Jobarteh The presence of ECOMIG in The Gambia is a matter of international agreement under the purview of Section 79(1)(c) of the Constitution which requires the National Assembly’s prior approval. In 2017, when ECOWAS decided to deploy their forces into The Gambia there was no approval from the National Assembly because the term of Pres. Jammeh elapsed and the National Assembly at that time was in cahoots with him to flout the Constitution. Therefore, the National Assembly led by Abdoulie Bojang as Speaker and Fabakary Tombong Jatta as Majority Leader with the majority APRC NAMs, was a rogue…

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By Ousman Saidykhan At least 19 environmental associations from “The Gambia Environmental Task Force” staged a peaceful protest against the sale of the “Old Cycle Track” located at Kotu, behind Palma Rima on Wednesday 8th September 2021. The land in question is a wetland within the Tourism Development Area, an area highly regulated by the Government. To date, it’s not clear if the land has been sold or if Government is responsible for the development works which has commenced in the area. However, speaking to environmentalists at the protest they are concerned with the alleged “lack of an Environmental Impact…

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Fatou Jaw Manneh has published a letter addressed to President Adama Barrow on her social media declaring her resignation from her position as Honorary Adviser on Strategic Communication, Development and Emerging Social Issues. Mrs Jaw Manneh claims that her reasons for resigning include not being able to serve as intended in President Adama Barrow’s Government and President Barrow’s decision to form an Alliance between his National People’s Party (NPP) and former Dictator Jammeh’s Association for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC). +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Dear Mr. President, RE: RESIGNING FROM THE POSITION OF HONORARY ADVISER ON STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION, DEVELOPMENT AND EMERGING SOCIAL ISSUES…

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By Madi Jobarteh The fence-sitters and the cheerers of poor leadership and their anti-accountability desperados have started whining since September 5 trying to use democracy and human rights as a justification for this Evil Alliance of Betrayal. They claim the Gambia is a multiparty democracy and therefore political parties have a right to form alliances. They claim the right of freedom of association hence NPP and APRC have the right to associate. They even throw jabs at parties like UDP and others which have also shamelessly opened their arms to Enablers of the Tinpot Dictator. Pathetic. Surely, this Evil Alliance…

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