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 Gambian Public Health and Environmental Officers called off a sit-down strike over unpaid allowances on Monday 11th April 2022 until the end of May 2022 when they have been promised to receive their allowances. The statement issued by the Association of Public and Environmental Health Officers (APEHOG) noted that “on the 6th of April, 2022, Public Health Officers across the country embark[ed] on a sit down [strike] for their exclusion of an allowance scheme created for staff of Ministry of Health”. On the 6th of April 2022, the Ministry of Health (MoH) posted on its Facebook…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Gambian President Adama Barrow nominated Hon Fabakary Tombong Jatta and Hon Seedy Njie as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Sixth Legislature shocking supporters of the Draft Constitution and stakeholders of the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC). The swearing-in ceremony for the sixth legislature took place at the New National Assembly Building on Thursday 14th April 2022 just days after the 9th April 2022 National Assembly elections in which some 53 National Assembly members (NAMs) were sworn in and another 5 nominated NAMs. The Majority Leader, Deputy Majority Leader and Chief Whip were all decided…

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By Yusef Taylor Days before the recently concluded Parliamentary Elections the Centre for Policy, Research and Strategic Studies (CepRass) published a poll predicting that President Adama Barrow’s National People’s Party (NPP) would win sixteen (16) seats while former Vice President Ousainou Darboe’s United Democratic Party (UDP) would win thirteen (13) seats. Considering that the poll results were “inconclusive” on 10 predictions a total of 43 predictions were conclusively made. Comparing the elected members and the prediction it can be seen that 33 out of 43 predictions were accurate which translates to an accuracy rate of 77%. CepRass Predictions By Party…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Gambia’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has announced the results of the 9th April 2022 National Assembly Elections indicating that 33 new National Assembly Members (NAMs) have been elected and 20 incumbent NAMs have retained their seats. According to the results, President Adama Barrow’s National People’s Party (NPP) has won 18 seats while Ousainou Darboe’s United Democratic Party (UDP) has won 15 seats. Tourism Minister Hon Hamat Bah’s National Reconciliation Party (NRP) has retained 4 seats while Fabakary Tombong Jatta’s led Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) won 2 seats. Both NRP and APRC went…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Gambia’s National Assembly is composed of fifty-eight (58) National Assembly members of which fifty-three (53) are elected and five are nominated by the President. The current National Assembly is the fifth legislature and has six female National Assembly Members (NAMs) and one person with a disability. Coincidentally only one person with a disability is running in the 9th April 2022 Parliamentary Election. The lone person with a disability running is not backed by any party so Mr Lamin Manneh will be contesting in Sanneh Mentereng as an Independent Candidate. On Saturday 9th April 2022, nineteen…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Gambian Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) launched the MoJ-CSO Platform during a three-day coordination workshop for representatives of both Government and CSO leaders starting on 5th April 2022. The three-day workshop provided an opportunity for Government and Civil Society stakeholders to plan and coordinate efforts toward the implementation of the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission’s (TRRC) recommendations. The event was jointly organised by The Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (TANGO), the MoJ and the Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation (GIJTR) and took place at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara Conference…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has rebuffed claims that President Adama Barrow’s National Peoples Party’s (NPP) failure to hold a congress will invalidate over forty National Assembly candidates up for elections on Saturday 9th April 2022. Speaking at the Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara Conference Center on Wednesday 6th April 2022 at an Election Observer Briefing, IEC CEO Sambujang Njie responded to calls from two Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to invalidate the nominations of NPP Parliamentary candidates. On 4th April 2022, two Diaspora CSOs namely Right 2 Know (R2K) and the Gambia…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Gambian-Great British Athlete Mensah Elliott, shattered the Masters Athletics 60 meters hurdles record with a time of 7.91 seconds in mid-March 2022. Back in 2012, Mensah won silver for The Gambia, however, injuries and a lack of competition convinced him to switch allegiances to Team Great Britain (GB) back in 2015 and he’s not looked back since. Winning Silver for The Gambia Born in the United Kingdom (UK) to Gambian father Mensah Elliott (Senior), Mensah Elliott Junior bears the same name as his father who relocated with his family to The Gambia when Junior Mensah was…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The Gambia’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has announced that the Parliamentary Elections will proceed in the Foni Region after some ten thousand people were affected following clashes between Senegalese Soldiers and MFDC Separatists in mid-March 2022. Independent candidate for Foni Kansala, Mr Abdoulie Bojang believes that the elections must proceed in Foni and that the authorities must guarantee the safety of voters come 9th April 2022. GFA Replacement to Submit Additional Signatures Following the death of the Gambia for All (GFA) Party candidate, Mr Lamin Njie for Kiang West Constituency, GFA has submitted a fresh nomination…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) and the Committee of Eminent Persons announced that over 80% of Parliamentary Candidates have signed the Peace Pledge for the upcoming 9th April 2022 Parliamentary Elections. Speaking on behalf of the delegation H.E. Muhammed Ibn Chambas told members of the press that they “liaised very closely with the IEC” from the collection of nomination papers to the submission candidates “who agreed willingly sign it”. The Peace Pledge for Parliamentary Elections is a continuation of a similar Peace Pledge signed in the run-up to the 4th December…

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