Author: Edrissa Jallow

Edrissa Jallow is a journalist with over three years of experience working for two online media platforms. Mr Jallow joined Gainako News during the Nomination process for the December 2021 Presidential Elections. Since joining Gainako, Mr Jallow has published over 50 stories in less than a year. He is currently a final year student at the Media Academy for Journalism and Communications (MAJaC), a leading journalism training institution in The Gambia. Mr Jallow is currently the Project Manager of The Gambia Parliamentary Newsletter and reports extensively on Parliamentary proceedings.

By Edrissa Jallow and Yusef Taylor During the Finance Minister’s 2023 Budget Speech he highlighted that the renovation and rehabilitation of the Gambia’s only National Stadium are ongoing and set to host international matches by March 2023. Finance Minister Hon Seedy Keita made this revelation about the Independence Stadium last week Friday, 2nd December 2022 during his marathon 2023 Budget Speech at the National Assembly. Back in July 2022, the General Manager of the Gambia’s Independence Stadium and Friendship Hostel, Ebou Faye informed Gainako that the Gambia National team will hopefully play at the Independence Stadium in September 2022. This…

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By Edrissa Jallow, @EdrissaJallow10 The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Hon Dawda Jallow responded to a Parliamentary question on the reasons for the delay in the implementation of the Janneh Commission Recommendations. The Janneh Commission was initiated by President Adama Barrow in July 2017 and investigated the “financial and other related activities of certain public bodies, enterprises, and offices as regards their dealings with former President Yahya Jammeh” and his close associates. Provision 200, subsection (d) of the Gambia’s 1997 Constitution mandates that “the President may, whenever he or she deems it advisable, issue a Commission appointing one or…

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By Edrissa Jallow All Five Foni Lawmakers wrote a petition addressed to President Adama Barrow demanding the immediate withdrawal of ECOMIG (Senegalese Troops) from Foni on Sunday 4th December 2022. It can be recalled that all Five Foni Lawmakers won their seat in Parliament for the first time as Independent Candidates, ousting Five Foni Parliamentarians from the former ruling party Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC). The Five Parliamentarians contested on Independent tickets via the No to Alliance Movement after the APRC split into two when former President Yahya Jammeh rejected an Alliance with the current ruling party of…

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By Edrissa Jallow National Assembly Member (NAM) for Bundung Ka Kunda, Hon Sulayman Jammeh, has expressed concerns over the current Bundung road construction, noting that the condition of the road still remains incomplete and affects residents and businesses in Bundung. Hon Jammeh is one of two NAMs who made the progression from Councillor to Parliament in the April 2022 Parliamentary Elections. Gambia Parliamentary Newsletter first published an interview with Hon Jammeh on the state of Bundung Road on 25th September 2022 where he conducted a tour with journalists. There was significant media attention on the state of Bundung Road soon…

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By Edrissa Jallow Just before the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs (MoFEA) was to table the 2023 Draft Budget, Hon Fatoumatta Njai of Banjul South raised a motion highlighting that the Finance Minister had not submitted an electronic copy of the 2023 Draft Budget as stipulated in the National Assembly’s Standing Order 83 (2). The Speaker of the House Hon Fabakary Tombong Jatta had to intervene and engage his Clerks and Parliamentarians who recommended that the sitting be postponed to ensure compliance with the National Assembly’s Standing Orders. It all started after the Speaker announced his communication on Monday…

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By Edrissa Jallow The Chairperson of the bereaved families of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), Ebrima Sagnia has confirmed to Gainako in an exclusive interview that many families have returned the cheque given to them at the Governor’s office in Brikama and instead demanded justice from the government. The interview took place at the National Assembly on the same day that Victims meet Parliament’s Select Committee on Health, Disaster, Humanitarian Relief and Refugees on 9th November 2022. It can be recalled that Parliament has been investigating the death of at least 70 Children from AKI which the WHO says was caused…

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By Edrissa Jallow Justice B. A Bakre of the Banjul Annex High Court on Wednesday 02nd November 2022 discharged the Inspector General of The Gambia Police Force, Abdoulie Sanyang as parties agreed to resolve the matter outside court. A publication by Standard Newspaper dated 21st March 2022, reports that a German national, Bernd George Diedrich filed “a mandamus at the high court” for Justice Bakre to force the IGP and the Attorney General to “provide the requisite police escort to execute a judgment that was ruled in his favour against the late Alkalo in Bijilo”. The report further highlights that…

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By Edrissa Jallow This publication was first published in the second edition of the Gambia Parliamentary Newsletter which can be downloaded in the link. 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…

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By Edrissa Jallow The Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of the Gambia, Hassan B Jallow has stated that for The Gambia to move forward and adopt the 2020 Draft Constitution that was rejected by the Fifth Legislature in 2020, the Government should hold a national stakeholder dialogue engaging relevant authorities and be ready to compromise in order to achieve a new Draft Constitution Bill. The President of the Supreme Court highlighted that national stakeholders should be engaged in “a frank dialogue” to charter the way forward for the rejected Draft Constitution shelved in September 2020 after Parliamentarians…

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By Edrissa Jallow The Deputy Director for Civil Litigation and International Law at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Lawyer Kimbeng T Tah has informed Gainako in an exclusive interview that the Victims’ Reparation Bill is finalized and should be tabled in Parliament in the December 2022 Parliamentary session. Lawyer Tah who also doubles as the Head of International Arbitration at the MoJ adds that in the first week of November 2022, the MoJ will consult with Victims to hear their feedback on the draft Reparations Bill. Counsel Tah said the MoJ has informed the National Assembly that the victims’ Bill…

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