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 The promulgation of the 2020 Draft Constitution was set to guarantee at least 20% more female National Assembly members (NAMs) in The Gambia’s parliament by providing for at least 14 women to be elected. However, those plans were derailed after the Constitution was voted out of Parliament in August 2020. Legal Practitioner and Rights Advocate Fatou M. Jawo believes “there should be quotas for women at the Executive level, the National Assembly and even at the Party level”. This article looks at the statistics on female candidates running for political positions to highlight the need for…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT According to the Gambia Revenue Authority’s (GRA) Board Chairperson, Mrs Lucy Fye “on average, last year, 2019 GRA was collecting almost a Billion [Dalasis] a month. Now this year because of the Covid this has been slightly affected but last month we did collect a Billion a month”. Speaking at the opening of a Tax Seminar with the media fraternity on 24th November 2020 she told journalists that the Gambia’s tax targets “are set together with GRA staff, Ministry of Finance (MoFEA) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). So, it’s at that level.” During the seminar, organised…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Only two years ago, less than 4% of Kerr Jarga Ward voters cast their votes for the only female candidate from Gambia Moral Congress (GMC) Satang Keita. In a complete reversal over 74% of Kerr Jarga Ward voters cast their vote for Awa Gaye of the National People’s Party (NPP) and Yama Cham of the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC). This article features two interviews with Councillor Awa Gaye and Yama Cham on the role of women in Gambian Politics, if they have accepted the results, their plans for Kerr Jarga Ward and their willingness to work…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT This is a video report on the 2021 Draft Budget tabled at the National Assembly on 12th November 2020 by Finance Minister Hon. Mambury Njie seeking for approval of a total Expenditure of D35 Billion. The 2021 Draft Budget also include an Appropriation totalling D22 Billion. A significant number of Infrastructure projects have commenced in 2020 and set to continue into 2021. The Minister highlighted next year Gambian taxpayers will pay for most of the Infrastructure projects instead of depending solely on foreign aid. The next news update on the 2021 Draft Budget will focus on…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Gambia’s Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Hon. Mambury Njie tabled the 2021 Draft Budget on  Thursday 12th November 2020 at the National Assembly with a record high Budget Deficit exceeding D6.1 Billion Dalasis. The 2021 Draft Budget estimates that D13.7 Billion will be collected in Tax and Non-Revenues while D22.2 Billion has been appropriated to be spent by the various Government Ministries and Budget Entities. Speaking to National Assembly members, Hon. Mambury Njie stressed that “the central premise of the 2021 Budget is to build further better in an era of Covid 19 while…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT reporting from Niamina West President Adama Barrow’s National People’s Party (NPP) has claimed a landslide double victory in its first two elections for a vacant National Assembly seat in Niamina West and a vacant Councillor seat in Kerr Jarga Ward. This was after the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) and United Democratic Party (UDP) failed to defeat the NPP in its maiden elections. GDC Stronghold Falls to NPP Soon after casting his vote at Sambang Fula polling station, GDC’s Yerro Jallow told the media that “Niamina West is a GDC stronghold we’ve been winning all elections in…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT After months of waiting, finally, the people of Niamina West are set to reclaim their seat in the National Assembly. With just over a year to go for the 2021 Presidential elections, this election has been given extra importance as a warm-up to next year’s elections. If anything it represents the first opportunity for President Adama Barrow’s newly formed National People’s Party (NPP) to win an elected seat in the National Assembly. This article features first-hand observations of polling stations in Niamina West where people will choose if the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) will retain their…

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By Binta Jallow of ECO TV The Gambia Government spent D4 Billion in the first Quarter of 2020 rising up to D7.8 Billion in the second quarter of the same year. This video report highlights how the Government has spent taxpayers money from January to August 2020. The report features interviews with a member of the National Assembly’s Finance and Public Accounts Committee, Hon Alhagie Mbow, Gambia Participates Director, Marr Nyang, a survivor of the Coronavirus Pandemic and Opposition Party Leader for Gambia Action Party Musa Ousainou Yali Batchily. I visited the Ministries of Health and Finance, however, they declined…

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By Louise S A Alsan, @AlsanLouise This is a video report on the Gambia’s first ever Know Your Budget public sensitisation campaign run by Gambia Participates. Gambia Participates is a Civil Society Organisation focusing on Public Finance and Fiscal Transparency. This video focuses on their Know Your Budget Billboard Campaigns positioned at 6 different locations in the Greater Banjul Area and it features the Gambia Participates Program Manager and Volunteer likewise the citizens observing it. This video showcases innovative ways in which Civil Society and the Media can engage the public on Budget advocacy and sensitisation. Attempts were made to…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Since the new Barrow administration came into power in late 2016 the European Union has provided significant budget support to The Gambia. We sit down with outgoing EU Ambassador Atila Lajos to understand what strings are attached to Millions of Euros flowing into The Gambia’s treasury. Attempts were made to engage the Ministry of Finance to better understand how the Funds have been spent without success. The report features an interview with Hon Alhagie Mbow who believes the EU is a great partner who should “watch where they put their mouth and their feet”. We also…

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