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 Civil Society Organisation Gambia Participates (GP), launched its second Pre-Election Observation Report on 2nd December 2021, two days before the Election Day urging the government not to shut down the internet gateway. Gambians will take to the polls on Saturday 4th December 2021 to cast their marble tokens for one of six Presidential Candidates, however, civil society actors are concerned that the internet may be shut down by the Government to limit the flow of information. This was exactly what happened in December 2016 when the internet was shut down on the day of the Presidential…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT It would certainly be a historic moment in Gambian Politics for sitting President Adama Barrow to participate in tomorrow’s [20th November 2021] presidential debate organised by the Commission on Political Debates (CPD). So far only three out of six presidential candidates have confirmed their participation in the debate. The debate is set to feature Essa Mbye Faal (Independent), Abdoulie Ebrima Jammeh (National Unity Party) and Hon Halifa Sallah [People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism’s (PDOIS)]. This means that UDP Leader and former Vice President Ousainu ANM Darboe, Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) Party Leader Mama Kandeh…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Party Leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Hon Ousainu Darboe has declared over D31 Million in assets to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Monday 1st November 2021. The former Vice President challenged all Aspirants, especially President Adama Barrow to declare their assets publicly. Hon Darboe was appointed as the Foreign Affairs Minister in early 2017. The following year Hon Darboe was appointed as the Vice President replacing Hon Fatoumatta Tambajang for approximately one year. Speaking to journalist Omar Wally after submitting his Nomination Documents to the Commission Hon Darboe told journalists that he…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Independent Electoral Commission announced on 6th November 2021 that only 6 Political Candidates have qualified for the December 4th 2021 Elections and they include UDP’s Ousainou Darboe, NPP’s President Adama Barrow, PDOIS’ Halifa Sallah, NUP’s Abdoulie E Jammeh, GDC’s Mama Kandeh and Independent Candidate Essa Faal. 15 Aspirants have been disqualified namely; Joseph Henry Joof, Marie Sock, Alhaji Mamadi Kurang, Ebrima Tabora Manneh, Momodou Bah, Bankole Yao Jojo Ahadzie, ANRD’s Lamin Sutu Bojang, GMC’s Mai Ahmed Fatty, Mamadi K.S. Camara, CAs Ismaila Ceesay, GANU’s Sheikh Tijan Hydara, GAP’s Alieu Sowe, Sheikh Matarr Nyang, Papa Faal…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Today 6th November 2021 Gambian Journalists were denied from scrutinising the Nomination Documents of Presidential Aspirants. At a training organised by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Journalists were informed that they needed to bring their press pass to gain access to the Nomination Documents. However, upon arrival, we were informed that a voters card is needed to scrutinise the documents. This meant that only a few Journalists were allowed to access the Nomination forms. Those who were allowed to access the Nomination Documents were only afforded 5 minutes to scrutinise more than 20 Aspirants. Soon after…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Former Lead Counsel for the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) Lawyer Essa Mbye Faal qualified as an Independent Candidate for the upcoming December 4th 2021 Presidential Elections on November 6th 2021. Prior to taking up the role of Lead Counsel at the TRRC Mr Faal worked for the International Criminal Court. Mr Faal was questioned by journalists on the day he deposited his Nomination Form to the Commission about significant assets he had in Senegal. On that occasion Mr Faal declined to answer journalists’ questions, however, public scrutiny was conducted on 6th November 2021 giving…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Citizens’ Alliance (CA) Presidential Aspirant Dr Ismaila Ceesay declared his assets worth almost D18 million to the public and challenged his political rivals to do the same. In an exclusive interview and voluntary asset declaration to Gainako on November 4th 2021, the University Lecturer enthused that public office is not a cow to be milked. According to Dr Ceesay “we’ve seen how public officials within one year of them getting into public office build big mansions. Mangkamang Kunda is one example. You cannot tell me that President Barrow’s salary is able to build him that mansion…

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By Mr Ousman Bah (BS, MSc, MBA) How can we not talk about digital transformation in The Gambia when our nation has been absent from the global technology revolution for over 22 years? As a technology evangelist in the IT skill development industry for so long, IIHT Gambia has a mission to compliment government efforts in ICT development. IIHT Gambia’s intervention in ICT development will greatly impact youth intrapreneurship (entrepreneurship), women empowerment, the service sectors as well as reducing 22 years of high unemployment rates in the country. It’s time that the youth in the country understand that nothing is…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT This is a daily update of the entire Nomination Process which commenced on Saturday 30th October 2021 and is set to conclude on Saturday 6th November 2021. This article will feature daily updates of the Nomination Process at the end of each day. Our reporters Yusef Taylor and Ousman Saidykhan will be following the entire Nomination Process every day. Day Seven – One Independent Candidate and Three Parties Submit Nomination Papers to IEC Independent Aspirant, Papa FAAL, a former coup plotter in the failed December 2014 Coup was the first to submit his nomination papers to…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Gambia Press Union (GPU) is set to hold a debate for three Presidential Candidates today 28th October 2021, one day before elections scheduled for Friday 29th October 2021. Gainako contacted all three Presidential candidates namely; the current Vice-Chairperson Muhammed MS Bah, Omar Wally and Mustapha Ceesay for an interview. All three candidates were asked to articulate what motivated them to run and what they intend to achieve as President of the Union. However, Mustapha Ceesay of Kerr Fatu has still not responded to questions from our reporter. The current outgoing President is Mr Sheriff Bojang Jnr…

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