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 President Adama Barrow after assuming office during his first term assured that his government’s immediate priority was to address the frustrations and lack of opportunities for the Gambian youth. At the launch of the National Development Plan (2018-2021), the government said it was committed to implementing projects and programs that will contribute to transforming the country into a more progressive, vibrant and all-inclusive society. One of the key outcomes for Youth Empowerment and Development in the National Development Plan was the need to produce “[a] revised National Youth Policy and Act”. The National Youth Policy is a Cabinet document while…

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By Edrissa Jallow Claim: Cost of Flour Reduced to Maintain the Price of Bread An online Social Media Page named “NPP In Perspective: Banjul” has claimed that “the Ministry of Trade has reached an agreement with stakeholders in the bakery industry to reduce the price of flour and maintain the price of a loaf of bread at D7”. The social media post also claims that “this Monday [13th December 2021] some bakeries across the country were closed in protest of the rising cost of flour”. Fact Check: Speaking to a local bakery owner located at Tallinding next to the Cemetery, the cost of…

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By Edrissa Jallow and Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Chairperson of The Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (TANGO), Mr John Charles Njie called on “Political Parties and Politicians to stop pointing fingers at Civil Society, that we are partisan”, during a press conference unveiling Gambia Participates Election Observation final preliminary report. The media briefing which took place on Monday 6th December 2021 at the New Metzy Hotel provided journalists with the opportunity to enquire about the role of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) after three Presidential Candidates rejected the partial results of the 4th December 2021 Election. Journalist Omar Bah from the Standard…

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By Edrissa Jallow The Gambia held its Presidential Elections on Saturday 4th December 2021 to elect its next President for the next 5 years. Current Incumbent President Adama Barrow came into power in 2016 after defeating former President Yahya Jammeh of the APRC who’s currently in exile at Equatorial Guinea and Hon Mama Kandeh who defected from the APRC to create his newly formed party GDC. Even though then UDP’s Adama Barrow had lost at the National Assembly elections to Hon Mama Kandeh, then of APRC, Hon Kandeh’s Presidential Bid claimed a lot of votes from APRC which paved the…

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By Edrissa Jallow The Chief Observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) Mr Norbert Neuser informed the media that they trust the state Authorities, Political Parties and all Presidential Candidates will play their part in promoting a credible and peaceful 4th December 2021 Presidential election in The Gambia. “We will observe the pre-election phase as well as the voting, counting and tabulation process. The EU EOM will provide a comprehensive assessment of the entire electoral process and provide recommendations for future elections. We stick strictly to our mandate of non-interference and neutrality. Our mission is here to…

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By Edrissa Jallow The Gambia’s Inter-Party Committee (IPC) held a press conference to announce that another six (6) political parties have signed the Janjanbureh Peace Accord after twelve (12) parties were announced to have signed the Peace Pledge on 26th October 2021. The IPC made this announcement on Saturday 6th November 2021 on the same day that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced that only six (6) Presidential Candidates qualified for the 4th December 2021 Presidential Elections. Gainako had published the entire Janjanbureh Peace Accord online and informed its readers that the six parties which failed to sign the Peace…

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By Edrissa Jallow and Yusef Taylor The leader of the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC), Hon Mama Kandeh has gone into an agreement with a fringe group from the APRC called “No to Alliance Movement” which is against the Alliance between President Adama Barrow’s National Peoples Party (NPP) and Fabakary Tombong Jatta’s lead Association for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC). In a shocking turn of events, former President Jammeh reneged against the NPP-APRC Alliance and attempted to replace the APRC Executive while in exile at Equatorial Guinea. This resulted in the “No to Alliance Movement” backing the GDC. It can be…

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By Edrissa Jallow and Yusef Taylor Current President Adama Barrow’s National People’s Party (NPP) has gone into a Coalition with former President Jammeh’s party the Association for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) placing significant doubt on the implementation of the Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC). President Barrow took over from former President Jammeh in January 2017 after regional forces were invited to secure his peaceful transition from a reluctant Yahya Jammeh whose term had expired after losing elections in December 2016. Since then, former President Jammeh has been in exile in Equatorial Guinea following high-level diplomatic negotiations between…

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