Author: Gainako

By Edrissa Jallow, @EdrissaJallow10 Parliament’s Finance and Public Accounts Committee (FPAC) held a briefing session with representatives of Ministries, Public Enterprises and Agencies on Tuesday 7th June 2022 warning them to submit their report or face sanctions and contempt of Parliament. The meeting featured heads of Government Ministries such as the newly appointed Vice President Hon Alieu Badara Joof, the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs (MoFEA) Hon Seedy Keita and the Minister of Interior Hon Seyaka Sonko to name a few. The main purpose of the briefing was to highlight the new policy direction of Parliament’s FPAC in relation…

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By Baba Galleh Jallow, Transitional Justice may be defined as the totality of processes and mechanisms designed to assist societies deal with a painful past of human rights violations, authoritarianism or conflict, to craft a present and future of respect for human rights, human dignities and the rule of law, and to help prevent a recurrence of past human rights violations. They often mark periods of transition and invariably include looking at the past for the truth of what happened, gathering evidence, and ultimately making recommendations designed to correct the wrongs of the past through regimes of reconciliation, healing, reparations,…

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Commissioner King Colley’s statement in a town hall meeting regarding non citizens of the Gambia driving commercial vehicles in the country last week has been flagged as ‘Dangerous and hate speech’ in many corners. In his speech Commissioner of Police Mobile Traffic, Lamin King Colley made reference to non Gambians driving commercial vehicles in the country which he stated is in violation of the laws in the Gambia. He made particular reference to the Fula ethnic community – referring mainly to Fulani immigrants from Guinea Conakry and Senegal. The commissioner in what appears to be an angry tone said “The…

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It was dramatic and captivating, and in hindsight, a development as profound as any in the public affairs of The Gambia. More than a quarter century later, a nation negotiates the fallout of 22 July 1994. That it took the trajectory it did was not completely surprising but nevertheless enmeshed with great regret, sorrow and sadness. Writing as a first year law student from the Knoxville Campus of the University of Tennessee, and as published on the 1st August 1994 edition of the Daily Observer, I warned the country’s new leaders: “Without doubt, you are the men of the hour,…

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By Binta S Jawo reporting from Ouagadougou The Support Program for African Francophone (PAGOF) countries held a regional seminar at Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou on Monday 30th May 2022. The seminar marked the end of the first phase of PAGOF and launched the second PAGOF phase. The opening ceremony of the seminar was chaired by Bassolma Bazié, Burkina Faso’s Minister of Public Service, Labor and Social Protection, in the presence of the French Ambassador to Burkina Faso Luc Hallade. A total of 80 participants from various countries took part in the PAGOF seminar. Representing the Gambia as a country seeking…

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By the Gambia Press Union (GPU) Muscat, Oman June 1, 2022 – The President of the Gambia Press Union (GPU), Muhammed S. Bah, is to serve a three-year term in the Gender Council of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). Bah’s nomination by the GPU was accepted by the IFJ ahead of the 31st IFJ World Congress taking place in Muscat, the capital of Oman, from the 31st May – 3rd June, 2022 – where members of the new IFJ Gender Council were unveiled on Tuesday. The Gender Council plays an important role as the IFJ’s main voice on gender.…

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Statement by H.E. the Chairman of IsDB Group, Dr Muhammad Sulaiman Al Jasser at the opening press conference of the Islamic Development Bank’s 2022 Annual Meetings. The theme of the annual meetings is “Beyond Recovery: Resilience and Sustainability”. The meetings started on Thursday 2nd June 2022 and are expected to be concluded on Saturday 4th June 2022. The speech was delivered in Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh. Thanks, and acknowledgements First, I would like to extend special thanks and gratitude to H.E. Abdel Fattah El Sisi, President of the Republic of Egypt, for his patronage of the Annual Meetings of the…

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PRESS RELEASE: MANDATE OF THE NAO AS THE SUPREME AUDIT INSTITUTION (SAI) OF THE GAMBIA Banjul, The Gambia: June 1, 2022 The National Audit Office of The Gambia (NAO) as the Supreme Audit Institution (SAI) of the country, derives its mandate from the Constitution of The Gambia. The NAO was established under Section 159(1) of the 1997 Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia as the SAI to assist the Auditor General (AG) in the performance of the functions conferred on him or her by the Constitution or any Act of the National Assembly. By this, the AG has the…

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By Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Cairo, Egypt, 28th of May 2022 – The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group affiliated entities are to hold their 2022 Annual Meetings in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from 1-4 June 2022, under the theme of: “Beyond Recovery: Resilience and Sustainability.” These meetings come under the umbrella of “The 47th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Islamic Development Bank”. On the occasion, H.E. Dr. Hala El Said, Egypt’s Minister of Planning and Economic Development and IsDB Governor for the country, has underlined the importance of the strategic partnership between the Arab Republic of Egypt and…

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By Edrissa Jallow The Auditor General of Somalia and the Gambia, Mohammed Ali and Karamba Touray urged Parliamentarians to act on audit reports to hold the government accountable and implement audit recommendations in Africa. Present at the meeting were National Assembly Members (NAMs) from Parliament’s Finance and Public Accounts Committee (FPAC). Hon Alhagie Mbow of Upper Saloum who also doubles as the Vice-Chairperson of Parliaments FPAC delivered a statement on behalf of the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon Fabakary Tombong Jatta at the seminar. His speech solicited reactions from the Auditor General and representatives from various African countries on…

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