Author: Yusef Taylor

Yusef Taylor, commonly known as Flex Dan is an editor and practising journalist based in the Gambia with a keen interest in human rights, the economy and good governance among many others. He continues to break news on the economy, human rights violations and is highly engaged in security sector reforms, constitutional reform and the transition of the Gambia from dictatorship to a democracy, the NewGambia. Yusef has been working with Gainako as a media practitioner from 2015 to date. He has a degree in Civil Engineering with 5 years of Design Consultancy experience.

By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT A statement issued by “The Super League” has announced that “Leading European Football Clubs Announce New Super League Competition” which will break away from Europe’s highly popular European Champions League. The statement issued on Sunday 18th April 2021 reads that “twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have today come together to announce they have agreed to establish a new mid-week competition, the Super League, governed by its Founding Clubs.” At the moment the main European Club Competition is the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League which sees the best clubs in Europe compete in…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Chairperson of the National Assembly’s (NA) Public Petition Committee, Hon Sunkary Badjie of Foni Berefet has told Gainako that all petition appeals should be forwarded to his Committee, however, the Office of the Clerk has still not forwarded the Number Plate Petition Appeal to his Committee. According to Hon Badjie, the delay forced him “to confront the Clerk about the letter because I sense that someone’s rights are being seized”. This article features an exclusive interview with the Chairperson of the NA’s Petition Committee and Mr Landing Jobe, the Director of Committees at the NA.…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Chairperson of the Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations (Victim Center) told Gainako that his team concluded an outreach in Upper River Region (URR), in Basse “to sensitise the victims and the general public on the reparations policy and the reparations of Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC)”. In an exclusive interview with, Mr Sheriff Muhammed Kijera, Victim Centre’s Chairperson, he told Gainako that the outreach conducted in partnership with the TRRC “started on Friday the 9th of April and concluded on Tuesday the 13th of April 2021”. Speaking about the Victim Centre’s…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT A Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021 which proposes to reserve 16 seats for women in the Gambia’s National Assembly has been validated by the Civil Society Gender Platform and other stakeholders on 10th April 2021. Numerous elected women and male leaders, Civil Society advocates and members of the media were present at the opening ceremony which took place at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Center. The National Assembly Member (NAM) for Banjul South, Hon. Touma Njie and Ms Tobaski Njie Sarr delivered the welcome remarks followed by opening remarks by Consultant, Ms Janet Sallah Njie…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Aisha Jammeh was around 13 years old when she lost her dad. Speaking about the impact of her loss she says “I lost my dad at a very early age when I was 13, 14. I don’t have that type of childhood that a lot of children have. I was robbed of my childhood”. Aisha’s father, Haruna Jammeh, was the cousin of former President Yahya Jammeh who was allegedly killed by the “Junglers”, a private killing squad that reported directly to then-President Jammeh. One of the Junglers named Omar Jallow, commonly known as Oya confessed to…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT An early warning report published by the West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) highlighted that “growing tension in mainstream and social media platforms also contributes to a waning social cohesion in the country”. According to WANEP “the manipulation of social media as a tool for ethnic exploitation and violent communication to stoke violent attacks against political opponents is a potential threat ahead of the 2021 Presidential election”. The report commences by contextualising “the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC)”, as an investigation on the “human rights violations during the 22-year rule of former President Jammeh”. In…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Gambia’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chief Electoral Officer, Mr Sambujang Njie told the media when the Elections Bill “was sent to Parliament there has been some serious errors in the Bill”. Mr Njie made these revelations at a stakeholder’s engagement with the Media and Civil Society Organisations today, 1st April 2021. Earlier in the day, the IEC held an engagement with Political Party representatives. It can be recalled that the Ministry of Justice published a press release on Tuesday 23 March 2021 saying that “the First Schedule of the Elections Bill 2021 tabled before the…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT A press release issued by the Gambia Police Force on Monday 29th March 2021 has alleged that Kemeseng Sanneh, commonly known as Kexx Sanneh is “under arrest for giving false information”. In an exclusive interview with Gainako yesterday, Kexx explained how he was abducted and tied up for approximately two days and dumped at Bakoteh Cemetery. Kexx Sanneh is a young political activist working with the Peoples Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) and a consistent social media broadcaster of National Assembly sittings. After Kexx surfaced on Saturday he posted a message on social media…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Citizens Alliance (CA) Presidential Candidate, Dr Ismaila Ceesay, questioned the expenditure of three Million Dalasis on donkeys and horses by President Barrow’s Government. At a press conference held on Thursday 25th March 2021 at Kanifing Estate, Dr Ceesay told journalists that he “saw more cows” on their recently concluded tour “than donkeys and horses”. Prompting him to ask the Government “where are the horses and donkeys” worth three million dalasis? Fiscal Indiscipline, Missing 300 Donkeys Remonstrating against what he branded as the Government’s “fiscal indiscipline”, Dr Ceesay lamented that he “was reading yesterday that they spent…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Gainako can authoritatively report that Kemmeseng Sanneh commonly known as Kexx Sanneh was abducted for approximately two days and dumped at the Bakoteh Cemetery on Friday night. Kexx Sanneh is a Political Activist working with the People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS). Speaking to a close source the matter is now being investigated by the Police CID Unit and considered a high-profile case. In fact, Kexx Sanneh’s abduction is similar to a more brazen abduction of an Association of Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) supporter which was filmed and broadcast on social media by…

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