Author: Gainako

The Gambia’s transition justice that has been hailed as one of the best in the history of transition justice systems in the world faces an unprecedented assault from none other than the President who championed the formation of the TRRC after he was elected in 2016. The Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commissions received overwhelming approval by Gambians and partners around the world and was the hope of many Gambians to bring about justice and reconciliation in the country after twenty-two years of brutal dictatorship and human rights abuses. The TRRC which recently finishes its work and on the verge of…

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Public Service Career (Gambia Government): Following completion of his studies in Nigeria, BB Dabo returned to The Gambia to serve his country. He served in Administrative Offices in Provincial Administration; he worked from 1967–1970 as Assistant Commissioner in Basse (Upper River Region) and in Kerewan (North Bank Region) which were starting points for the administrative cadre. These postings provided an opportunity to appreciate the ethnic diversity of the Gambian Nation, the wealth in this diversity and how these groups live together in harmony. He also learnt firsthand the challenges facing our rural communities- their aspirations and their fears in this…

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The Gambia Center for victims of 22 years of tyranny and terror by the former regime of Yahya Jammeh and his party the APRC has expressed grave concerns over a political alliance between President Barrow’s Newly form NPP and the APRC. Both parties announced recently that they are forming an alliance to contest the December 2021 Presidential elections. The announcement sent shock waves across the Gambia and the International community. Reactions are still pouring from citizens and partners of the Gambia. Below is the press statement issued by the Center for Victims’ Community!

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The Gambia For All (GFA) party would like to inform party members, sympathisers, and the people of The Gambia that the purported breaking news trending on some social media platforms claiming that Hon Bakary Bunja Dabo has called for a grand coalition meeting of opposition leaders at his Fajara residence is untrue. At no time has the Leader and Secretary General of the GFA, on behalf of the Party, been engaged in any coalition negotiations with any of the mentioned parties. The Secretary General and Leader of the GFA has said on several platforms that GFA is not averse to…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Gambia Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a press release condemning the Coup D’Etat in Guinea Conakry that has taken the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) by storm over the weekend. It can be recalled that President Adama Barrow visited Guinea’s President Alpha Condé between June 3rd and 5th 2021. A press release from the Office of the President announcing his trip highlights that “President Condé was among the regional leaders of ECOWAS who played a significant role during the political impasse following the 2016 Presidential elections in the Gambia”. The Presidential…

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Newly formed Gambian Political Party, Citizens’ Alliance has issued a press release labelling the coalition agreement between President Adama Barrow’s National People’s Party (NPP) and former President Jammeh’s Association for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) a betrayal of Gambians already grappling with trauma. Below is the press release from Citizens’ Alliance where they reiterate their commitment to implement the TRRC’s Report and Recommendations. The TRRC is a commission enacted to investigate the human rights violations of former President Yahya Jammeh and his regime from 1994 to 2016. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ By Citizens’ Alliance Citizens’ Alliance (CA) is disheartened by the recent announcement…

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Gainako Online News has received a press release from the ECOWAS Mission in the Gambia, dubbed ECOMIG, on a vehicle accident that has claimed the lives of at least two Gambians and injured four others. The presser dated 5th September 2021 and signed by Force Commander, Colonel Cheikh Omar Tamba, explains how an “unnamed” ECOMIG Officer collided with a tricycle carrying 6 and fled the scene. However, a Point newspaper report indicates “bystanders and witnesses familiar to the scene” alleged that “four were confirmed dead at the scene”. Gainako will make efforts to confirm the condition of the passengers who…

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This is a speech delivered by Mr Esau Williams on 4th September 2021 at the 2021 National Journalism Awards. Mr Williams who is an international journalist working in the United Kingdom delivered his speech via a recorded video in his capacity as the Chief Judge of the Panel of Judges. In Mr Williams speech he encouraged Gambian Journalists to promote “journalism that fosters national unity”. On the other hand, he lambasted Gambian Journalists for what he called “the full-on assault and cold-blooded murder of the English” language. Below is a transcript of the speech. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Ladies and gentlemen good evening…

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By Louise S A Alsan, @AlsanLouise The Chairperson of the Reparations Committee of the Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) says she’s “very confident that the Government will give the D50 million pledged and more”. However, the Chairperson of the Gambia’s Victim Center told Gainako News that during recent meetings with Justice Minister, Dawda Jallow, the Government promised to include reparations payments in the 2022 Budget. Meanwhile, Civil Society Advocates and one victim who returned his reparations payment have expressed disappointment with the Government’s failure to fulfil its promise. The TRRC is a Commission enacted by the National Assembly…

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The Gambia’s Association of Nurses and Midwives (AGaNM) and the Ministry of Health are locked into a fierce battle of words over the payment of allowances to Nurses and Midwives in the Gambia. The AGaNM have called for a sit-down strike of a number of Health Service Departments over unpaid allowances, however, the Ministry of Health issued a statement demanding that there is no reason for the nurses to strike. Below is the statement from the Ministry of Health stating that staff failing to report to work “will be dealt with”. All statements were issued on 31st August 2021. PRESS…

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