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 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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By Abdou Karim Jammeh It is now after four years of President Barrow’s government which came to power by means of a coalition in 2016 following success in voting out former President Yahya Jammeh who ruled The Gambia with an iron fist. After the collapse of the 22 years old dictatorship, there as hope because of the beautiful promises and it was agreed that the government will govern for only 3 years as a transition government. Gambians, especially Yahya Jammeh’s victims of human right violation and the youth who expected a real change of system rather than having an old…

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By Salieu Taal The crises in Senegal is beyond President Macky Sall and Ousman Sonko. The Sonko Saga just provided a context or opportunity for a deprived, disgruntled, marginalized youth to vent their anger, frustrations and hopelessness. (This is not an endorsement of violence or destruction of property for whatever reason for the record). I hope President Macky Sall and other African leaders will draw lessons from the Senegal experience and other countries. In summary, we need a paradigm shift both in our politics and our developments models. Our politics of zero-sum game built around individuals and elites with vested…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Back in January 1995 an eighteen-year-old lactating mother, Holo Bah, was shot by Orderly’s of Armed Forces Provisional Council (AFPRC) Vice Chairperson, Sanna Sabally. Barely a year after the coup which ushered in a 22-year long Dictatorship, Ms Bah had nowhere to turn to. Besides Point Newspaper which published her story, she had to wait for twenty-four years to finally confront her alleged perpetrator. However, her compensation request for D1 Million Dalasis was met with condemnation from the general public. This article highlights the importance of an empathic public in helping victims recover and most importantly…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Ministry of Interior (the Ministry) awarded a tentative contract to the highest bidder, Comfort Quality Services Limited (Comfort), to procure Aluminium Number Plates on May 7th, 2019. However, the Complaints Review Board (Review Board) chaired by Justice Amina Saho suspended the procurement process in its ruling dated March 15th, 2019. In fact, the Review Board described the Ministry’s decision to disqualify one of the bidders as “iniquitous and scandalously unreasonable” and ordered a financial re-evaluation. The Review Board is a body established by section 54 of the Gambia Public Procurement Act 2014 and empowered to…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The leader of the Gambia Moral Congress (GMC), Mai Ahmed Fatty told the media that President Barrow “would have shown respect for the people” and demonstrated “leadership” had he “invited Political Party leaders not even through IDEA”. Mai Fatty was speaking at a press conference at GMC Party Headquarters on 3rd March 2021, less than a week after his return from Constitution talks in Abuja with fellow Political Party leaders. According to Mr Fatty, “President Johnathan is expected to Banjul on the 8th [March 2021]” for the continuation of what is expected to be the decisive…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT National Assembly member for Banjul South, Hon. Fatoumatta Njai, commonly known as Hon. Touma Njai declared herself as the interim leader of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday, 1st March 2021 at a press conference in YMCA Y Hostel. Her announcement came after the recently concluded PPP Congress at Brikama Ba last weekend in which Hon. Kebba E. Jallow was elected as Secretary-General. The congress was marred in controversy after Hon. Touma Njai marched out of the congress. It can be recalled that the previous PPP 2018 Congress was also marred in controversy when BB…

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