Author: Gainako

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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By Ousman Saidykhan The Association of Gambian Nurses and Midwives (AGaNM) have threatened to go on a total sit-down strike on September 4th 2021 if their allowances are not paid in full by the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health issued a press release on the 31st of August claiming that the payment of allowances has commenced and for all nurses and midwives to return to work. However, the sit-down strike of Nurses and Midwives has commenced. Stage one of the sit-down strike started with some departments on September 1st 2021, however, some exceptions have been made for staff…

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By Ousman Saidykhan The party leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) Lawyer Ousainou Darboe has said that his party will do what it takes to combat corruption in the Gambia if they are given a chance to lead the country. “Our issue [sic] with the Jammeh Government was that it was a corrupt government. We fought against that government and we cannot condone corruption” Lawyer Darboe told Party delegates and the press at the UDP launch of their 5-Point Agenda. “If you look at the first page you’ll find out that the issue of corruption is certainly addressed and…

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By Dr Omar Janneh In its 2021 Investment Climate Statements, the US Department of State reported that President Barrow’s administration has turned a blind eye to corruption. The report makes for grim reading for any investor, yet it seems that President Barrow’s administration has not taken it seriously because to date, the administration has provided no credible evidence to redeem the good name and integrity of The Gambia. The failure of the government to refute, with concrete evidence, the report that it has turned a blind eye to corruption, has given it credence. Therefore, it is my view that there…

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