Author: Gainako

NON- POLITACAL MANDINKA RADIO COVERSATION GIVES A TELLING IMAGE OF GAMBIA’S MAIN OPPOSTION LEADER AND BEST TRIAL AND DEFENSE LAWYER, ALHAGIE OUSAINOU DARBOE. Lamin Sabally- Minneapolis, Minnesota I am a regular delightful listener to Kibaroo radio’s weekly Natariko program being anchored by Suntou Bolong Ba Touray. My love for this program is reinforced by many factors, but chiefly, because it compellingly abundantly enriches and steadily solidifies my knowledge and comprehension of our pertinent cultural and historical issues .These include the authentic narrations of rich stories about the legendary controversial jihadist Foday Kaba Dumbuyaa, and legendary warriors like Alfa Mollow and…

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 BEREAVEMENT IN OUR SANKANU KAGORO CLAN OF SOTUMA SERE, I LOST MY ELDEST BROTHER By Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu, ill and bed-ridden in The Gambia! I am currently off the radars as I am in a serious state of sorrow and bereavement. The month of May is recorded as MENSIS HORRIBILIS (horrible month) for me.  I need not bore you with my trial and tribulations in The Gambia in the hands of officials playing table tennis with my project files and other issues. The Gambia appears to be NO country for sincerity, non-political patriotism, competence, performance and productivity. People are…

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In your article entitled the Raleigh Conference a step in the right direction you indicated that “PDOIS has given a somewhat vague reason as to why it was not represented”. Unfortunately, you did not proceed to indicate what was vague about our statement. In that respect you owe us a critique so that we could fully understand the substance of your claim which could then inform our future actions. You also added the following “While there is no doubt that some aspects of the PDOIS position had some merit, but the Raleigh conference offered quite an opportunity which they should have…

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The ultimate Perspective for Change in The Gambia Greetings from, all the freedom fighters in The Great State of Minnesota It is an honor to be here.  Thank you, Mr. Tunkara, Banka Manneh, Coach, and everyone who is here today for organizing and attending this remarkable and historical event. We cannot forget our wonderful and gracious host and organizers in Raleigh (DUGA group in North Carolina).  It is indeed a trying time for our great nation.  There is no better time than now, to organize an event such as this one, to brainstorm, share our thoughts and pave the way…

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Gambia has many problems.  Thankfully, in the scheme of things, tribalism is not one of them.  Gambia’s mere size resulted in calling into question its viability as a sovereign state which almost cost it its political independence.  Correspondingly, its economy was also small and lacked a productive base that posed serious challenge to economists as to it economic viability.  By way of illustration, when Britain left in February 1965, Gambia’s recurrent budget was less than two million pounds sterling with Britain contributing seven hundred and forty-five thousand pounds or 37% of the budget. 

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By D. A. Jawo   The Raleigh conference on democracy and good governance which brought together some political leaders from the Gambia and several other political and civil society activists in the Diaspora has been labeled as a success by most of those who attended it.  While its success no doubt can only be measured by its outcome both in the immediate and long term future, but the very fact that it succeeded in bringing together some people who hardly ever saw eye to eye on many issues to sit down for three days to talk about what should be done…

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Your Excellency, A nation is not about its leaders but of its people. It goes without saying that the people are the symbolic mirror of their nation. That is precisely why foreigners particularly investors and development partners assess and evaluate a nation through its people. In other words, a happy people are citizen of not only a peaceful and happy nation but one which adheres to the principles of democracy, rule of law and human and people’s right. On the contrast, grieving, timid and unhappy people most often than not are subjects of dictatorial, callous and brutal regimes. Such people…

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  By Yero Jallow The old man stood there lonely and helpless Supported by his walking stick And his prayer beads he had for ages He looked to the skies in utter disgust His heart sounded and gave up over his legacy As his only sons slapped unity hard on her face And you could see the swells and marks on her face She was hurt, wounded and humiliated.

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By D. A. Jawo As African leaders gather in the Ethiopian capital to wine and dine as part of the celebrations of the golden jubilee of the African Union, most ordinary Africans continue to question the Union’s relevance to their everyday lives. While no doubt the AU has undergone some transformation since its founding on 25th May 1963 as the Organization of African Unity (OAU), but certainly, the lofty dreams that its founding fathers had in setting it up have so far eluded ordinary Africans, a majority of whom not only continue to wallow in abject poverty, but after more…

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Below is the press release issued by PDOIS on why it was not at the Raleigh meeting of 17-19 May, 2013. 22 May 2013 The PDOIS received a letter from the organizers of the Raleigh  Conference inviting the Secretary General of PDOIS  to a Conference to be held in Raleigh North Carolina from the 18th to 20th May aimed at deliberating on strategies and tactics on how to effect peaceful change in the Gambia . The Central Committee of PDOIS met to review the invitation and came to the conclusion that two preliminary steps are necessary before such a meeting…

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