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 Police Force has been very busy detaining and questioning citizens in the week after the announcement of the “avoidable” death of at least 69 children from contaminated cough syrup in early October 2022. The busy week started on Friday 7th October 2022 when Police dispersed mourners of children killed by Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) which the World Health Organization announced were caused by four brands of contaminated cough syrups from the Indian company, Maiden Pharmaceuticals. Speaking with Nenneh Freda Gomez, she explained that when the Police came “they asked for Nenneh and Madi Jobarteh…

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By Yusef Taylor @FlexDan_Y, The Gambia Parliamentary Newsletter has been awarded a grant by the Migration Sustainable Development Goals (MSDG) to publish 10 editions of the Gambia Parliamentary Newsletter (GPN) within 7 months. The latest GPN which features a visual makeover has been published today 10th October 2022 focusing on the period of August to early September 2022 when the National Assembly concluded their recess. Here is a link to all editions published to date; Download the 4th Edition here. Download the 3rd Edition Here. Download the 2nd Edition Here. Download the 1st Edition Here. Created by Gainako Online Newspaper as a collaborative…

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The Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs (MoFEA) has published a press release announcing the reduction of fuel prices by D2 for both Petrol and Diesel. This is the first time that fuel prices have gone down in the year 2022, so far. Previously the highest fuel increase was in July when fuel prices increased by D9.2 per litre for Petrol and D9 per litre for Diesel. On the other hand, the lowest price increase was in August when Petrol increased by D1.1 per litre and Diesel increased by D1.2 per litre. According to data compiled by Gainako from Atlas and the…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT During President Adama Barrow’s 2022 State of the Nation Address delivered on 15th September 2022, he claimed that the Gambia is the “only country on track to achieving the Paris Agreement temperature goal of 1.5°C by 2050”. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) dubbed UN Climate Change is the world’s leading institution galvanising global support to counter the threat of climate change. According to their website the Paris Agreement, often referred to as the Paris Accord “is a legally binding international treaty on climate change — adopted by 196 Parties at COP 21…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Gambia Parliamentary Newsletter (GPN) has just launched its third edition covering Parliamentary proceedings and activities that occurred during the month of June and July 2022. The latest edition features the Sixth Legislature’s first Extraordinary Session of the 2022 Legislative Year which highlights two of the loans and the Approved Revised 2022 Budget. Download the 3rd Edition Here. Download the 2nd Edition Here. Download the 1st Edition Here. Also featured in this publication is an exclusive interview with Hon Maimuna Ceesay, one of two Nominated female Parliamentarians, urging the Government via the Ministry of Health and…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Gambia government promised to pay victims of the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) D150 million in the 2022 Budget cycle on the same day of the Never Again March in October 2022, however, it seems victims may not receive any compensation this year. The TRRC is a Commission enacted by the Gambia’s Fifth Legislature under the Government of President Adama in 2017 to document the human rights violations that occurred under the leadership of former President Yahya Jammeh. The Vice Chairperson of the now defunct TRRC, Madam Adelaide Sosseh, who chaired the Reparations Committee,…

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By Yusef Taylor, FlexDan_YT Soon after President Adama Barrow delivered his 2022 State of the Nation Address on Thursday 15th September 2022, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon Fabakary Tombong Jatta, continued to chair the Assembly proceedings and ask all delegates in attendance to remain seated as the President vacated the Assembly. As the Speaker was about to wind down proceedings and adjourn the next Parliamentary sitting to Monday 19th September 2022 which would feature Parliamentarians debate on the President’s 2022 State of the Nation Address, Hon Sulayman Saho of Central Badibu rose to table a Point of Order…

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By Yusef Taylor, FlexDan_YT Today, Friday 2nd September 2022 Gainako Online Newspaper held an in-house awards ceremony recognising the most viewed/read stories every month from January to July 2022. Each winner was awarded a certificate by the President of the Gambia Press Union for their achievement and received a complimentary cash prize for their story. Editor Yusef Taylor Flex Dan who initiated the in-house awards and won four months was exempted from any certificate or award. On behalf of Gainako, we would like to thank all our readers and followers, the President of the GPU and all our contributors. We…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Hon Suwaibou Touray has just made another incredible gesture towards the people of Wuli East. In June 2022 Hon Touray confirmed that he used his D100K clothing allowance and an additional D10K Committee sittings allowance to implement various projects in his Constituency. Fast forward some months later, in September 2022 Hon Touray has more than quadrupled his June efforts. This time spending his National Assembly Gratuity of D605K from his first term as a Parliamentarian. He managed to get additional funding from two supporters in Karamba Touray and Amara Trawally to invest a total of D635K…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Yesterday, 12th September 2022 was the opening sitting of the Third Session of the Legislative year 2022 for the Sixth Legislature. During the sitting, some heated exchanges took place between the Speaker of the House Hon Fabakary Tombong Jatta and two United Democratic Party Parliamentarians, Hon Yahya Menteng Sanyang and Hon Sulayman Saho, after the latter rose to challenge the Speaker’s ruling to allow all unfinished Bills to be reinstated by all persons in charge. This resulted in two terse exchanges between the Speaker of the Sixth Legislature and the members. It all started when Hon…

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