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 https://soundcloud.com/gainako-radio/17-jan-2017-jammeh-announces-state-of-emergency On 17th January 2017, outgoing President Yahya Jammeh announced a “State of Emergency” with just over 24 hours of his mandate remaining to handover to President-elect Adama Barrow currently in Senegal. His reasons frivolous reasons for his proclamation can be heard in the above SoundCloud audio. Quotations from the 2002 Constitution. “A period of public emergency” means any period during which The Gambia is at war or a declaration is in force under section 34; Section 34 – Declaration of state of public emergency – Subsection (1) The President may, at any time, by Proclamation…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT UKGambia is a movement created by Gambians living in the United Kingdom who played an active role in effecting democratic change in The Gambia. Over the last two years the movement has organised series of protests, conferences and fund-raising events in the UK to promote democracy and good governance in The Gambia. As we approach the Inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow, scheduled for 19th January, 2017, Gambians in the United Kingdom have initiated the process of reinventing themselves around common aims and objectives and are extending an invitation to all Gambians resident in the UK to…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Gainako has received reports of the abduction of three young men by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) for wearing #GambiaHasDecided T-Shirts. One Wandifa KANYI, Daba Muhammad KUYATEH of Dippa Kunda and Alpha SEY of Bakau were arrested over the New Year weekend. To date their current whereabouts are unknown and their family members are very concerned about their safety. In 2011 well-known activist Dr. Janneh was arrested for wearing and distributing T-Shirts with the slogan “End to Dictatorship Now”. Last week Gainako published a report detailing the destruction of #GambiaHasDecided billboards by outgoing President Jammeh and his…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The #GambiaHasDecided movement has taken the country by storm with free t-shirts, a social media campaign and unprecedented billboards with the simple message reinforcing the recently concluded 1st December 2016 elections. Soon after elections results declaring Mr Adama Barrow as President Elect, APRC billboards of outgoing President Jammeh were destroyed by the general public. In a perceived retaliation from the outgoing President and his associate’s #GambiaHasDecided billboards are being destroyed by military personnel. In a press statement issued on 28th December, the civil society initiative who call themselves a “non-violent group exercising its constitutional right to…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT National Scope Voter turnout is the percentage of votes cast over the total registered voters. Historically the voter turnout for previous Presidential elections has always been 80% and above, with 2016 and 2006 being the only exceptions. The recent December 1st 2016 Presidential elections voter turn out was a low 60%, only in 2006 did The Gambia record a similarly low voter turn out. The table below details all voter turnout percentages for previous presidential elections. Presidential Elections Voter Turnout Registered Voters Actual Votes Cast 2016 60% 886,578 525,606 2011 83% 796,929 657,904 2006 59% 670,336…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT According to an interview with the IPCOU Secretary General, Mr Musa Sonko, he highlighted that “Immediately after the Tobaski prayers [after 12th September 2016] they are getting together to begin the process of dialoguing among themselves to come out with one candidate whom they think that can win against the APRC. We are just waiting for them to give us the candidate that we are all going to follow.” This indicates that the IPCOU is still yet to conclude unity discussions to select one candidate to represent the opposition. A leaked document allegedly published by the IPCOU indicates that…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT. It’s been eight days since Gambian Opposition, United Democratic Party (UDP) Executive Leader, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and co. were jailed for three years on July 20th and 21st. They were found guilty of six charges; unlawful assembly, riot, riotously interfering with vehicles, conspiracy to commit felony, holding procession without permit and disobeying orders to disperse. Some of the charges are arguably in contravention to International Human Rights standards. The day after the second set of protesters were sentenced marked the 22nd anniversary of the 1994 coup d’etat lead by Gambian Dictator, Yahya Jammeh. His double conviction of the…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Christian Leader Raises Concerns Reports reaching Gainako’s news desk indicate that Christian religious leaders have been raising concerns on the declaration of The Gambia as an Islamic State since December. On March 11th Gainako published an article on “The Gambia Christian Council National Day of Prayer and Service” held on March 5th 2016. However since the gathering and the Christian Council State visit, the Christian Community has been sending mixed signals by twice accepting large cash donations after the Islamic State declaration in December 2015. Since the National Day of prayer and Father Edu’s sermon on…

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By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT Gambia’s premier Raptivist Ali Cham aka (Killa Ace) burst into the liberation struggle with immense energy and impact in June 2015 with his critically acclaimed “Ku Boka C Geta G”. Despite being marginalised by the mainstream media and banned by radios “Ku Boka C Geta G” went viral in hours, cementing it’s legendary status in The Gambian music scene. If timing is everything, that couldn’t be more true with it’s release which coincided with the Gambia National Assembly debating and passing the Electoral Amendment Bill. It was in this environment that a socially responsible Raptivist, Killa Ace decided to take a…

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Compiled by Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT The children and family members of Lamin Ndanbung Dibba have expressed grave concerns on the well-being of their father who “needs urgent medical treatment”. Lamin Dibba was one of peaceful protesters arrested on the 16th of April with Ousainou Darboe and members of the United Democratic Party (UDP). The family also mentioned that their father has been refused food to break fast “ndogu” on 30th June 2016 and nobody has been allowed to see them. Mindful that the country is observing the holy month of Ramadan, this is not only a breach of the constitution…

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