Author: Gainako

Press Release: Reminder to Auditees on the Timely Submission of Financial Statements for Audit Banjul, The Gambia: December 27, 2023 The Auditor General wishes to remind public institutions about the submission of timely, complete, and accurate financial statements for audit. As per the statutory requirements, financial statements should be submitted three months after a financial year ends (by 31st March of the new financial year). Late submission of financial statements, and in some cases, submission of incomplete financial statements continues to be one of the key challenges for the National Audit Office (NAO), resulting in the extension of the audit…

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By Patience Loum This year’s Fashion Weekend Gambia  (FWG) will feature plus size top models, a new inclusion different from previous years’ modelling trends which featured traditional slim models at the newly renovated Kombo Beach Resort on 15th and 16th December 2023. This, according to the co-founders of the show, Lena Nian, will help raise awareness of body positivity, Post Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), and inclusive fashion, thereby changing the narratives on modelling and fashion. Lena Nian was proud to introduce her fellow co-producers, Ms Soma Njie, Adi Conteh, Annie Achieng and their latest collaborator, former face of FWG and international model,…

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By CIVICUS Click here for the full People Power Under Attack 2023 report. Fact sheet here. For inquiries, contact [email protected]. JOHANNESBURG – The CIVICUS Monitor announced in a new report Wednesday that it now rates Senegal’s civic space as ‘repressed’ amid a sustained crackdown on journalists and the political opposition ahead of next February’s elections. The report, People Power Under Attack 2023, details civic space conditions in 198 countries and territories. The report’s Senegal findings show that freedoms of assembly, association and expression sharply declined in the country over the last year. Security forces have killed opposition protesters in the streets and jailed critics, including journalists and activists, in an attempt to…

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This is a statement signed by 10 Civil Society Organisations and three advocates calling on President Adama Barrow to revisit his decentralisation policy and National Development Plan and rescind his appointment of Executive Coordinators for Banjul and Kanifing Municipal Council. CSO Statement on the President’s Appointment of Executive Coordinators for Banjul and KMC 4th December 2023, Banjul. In the month of November 2023, the President decided to appoint Executive Coordinators for Banjul and Kanifing Municipal Council, a move which has gathered significant public debate with the President’s Office issuing a clarification on the Executive’s powers to affect such an appointment.…

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Statement by the Central Bank of The Gambia, Monetary Policy Committee November 29, 2023. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of The Gambia (CBG) convened on November 29 and 30, 2023. The Committee made the decision to maintain the Monetary Policy Rate at 17 percent. The decision is aimed at sustaining the declining trend in domestic inflation. The following is an overview of deliberations that informed the Committee’s decision. The global economic growth has lost momentum since the last MPC meeting in August of this year, with a slowdown in the manufacturing, trade, and services sectors. This…

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By Arret Jatta Former Paradise Foundation now PF Initiative launched a collection of songs dedicated to advocating against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on the 30th of November 2023 at the Paradise Suite Hotel. Mariama Jobe performed her song called “Bajen”, a song dedicated to the elderly women in society leading the fight against SGBV in many local communities. Aisha Baldeh the executive director of the PF initiative told delegates present that “with the help of UNDP we were able to scale up the “Ask Bajen” initiative. We started with four Bajens…

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By World Bank World Bank provides $266.5 million to boost connectivity, promote a single digital market, increase job opportunities, and close gender gaps in digital skills, digital financial services, and entrepreneurship. WASHINGTON, November 30, 2023 – The World Bank today approved a $266.5 million (in IDA* financing) game-changing program aimed at improving internet access in The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, and Mauritania, and to promote a single digital market in West Africa. The regional initiative will also partner with the African Union, Smart Africa, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to strengthen institutional capacities for managing and…

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THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA COMMENDS GERMAN COURT DECISION ON MR BAI LOWE The Attorney General’s Chambers and Ministry of Justice of the Republic of The Gambia welcomes the decision rendered by the German court, sentencing Mr Bai Lowe, a former member of the paramilitary unit of the former President Jammeh to life imprisonment for his involvement in a death squad that assassinated opponents of former President Jammeh and former Journalist Deyda Hydara. The Ministry wishes to express profound gratitude to the German Government for its unwavering support, as well as ongoing cooperation with The…

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GPU Welcomes Sentencing of Bai Lowe for Murder of Deyda Hydara (Banjul, 30 Nov., 2023) – The Gambia Press Union (GPU) welcomes today’s verdict and sentencing of Bai Lowe, a former death squad member under ex-dictator Yahya Jammeh, to life imprisonment for his role in the murder of journalist Deyda Hydara. The Higher Regional Court of Celle, a northern town in Germany, found Lowe guilty on all charges of crimes against humanity on Thursday, November 30, 2023, and sentenced him to life imprisonment for the assassination of  Deyda Hydara in 2004, the murder of a former soldier in 2006, and…

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This question-and-answer document has been prepared by ANEKED, ECCHR, the Gambian Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations, Human Rights Watch, the International Commission of Jurists, Reporters Without Borders, the Rose Lokissim Association, the Solo Sandeng Foundation and TRIAL International. Who is Bai L. and what are the charges against him?  Bai L. is a 48-year-old Gambian citizen who is alleged to have been a member of the “Junglers” death squad, a paramilitary unit also known as the “Patrol Team” created by the former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh. According to the indictment, “the aim of [the Junglers’] operations was to intimidate the Gambian people…

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