Breaking News (KNN) : President Barrow’s Driver has been arrested in connection to The Gambia Diplomatic Passport Scandal

Mr. Mansa Sumareh , a State House Drive who normally drives President Barrow’s state Vehicle has been arrested in connection to The Gambia Diplomatic Passport scandal .

The Sources added that , Mr Lang Tombong Sabally ( Not former CDS ), a Nigerian by the name of mike and a senior officer at The Gambia Immigration Department were arrested in connection to the same scandal .

Earlier last week , the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Gambia confirmed that two of their protocol officers have been arrested for the same scandal

According to security sources in the Country , the wave of arrest came after some ineligible holders of The Gambian Diplomatic Passport , like foreigners were found in possession of the Documents . Under The Gambian Law only the President has authority to approve the issuance of the Diplomatic passport .

Breaking News (KNN) : President Adama Barrow declared three days of national mourning and all flags Downing after the death of Sir Dawda

President Adama Barrow has declared three days national mourning and flags downing , after the death of The Gambia former President Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara , on Tuesday 27 / 08 / 2018 at his resident in Fajara The Gambia.

On behalf of Sir Dawda Family , President Barrow requested for prayers in Mosques on next Friday , and churches on next Sunday for the departed soul of Sir Dawda .

On Thursday 29 / 08 / 2019 , Sir Dawada remains will be at the National Assembly and after that it will taken to King Fahad Mosque in Banjul for Islamic traditional Funeral as well as sate funeral .

May ALLLAH (SWT ) forgive him and accept him in heaven of firdawsi amen.

By Kabiru Sagnia Chief Editor of Kabiru News Network (KNN).

TRRC : 8 / 08 /2019 : Pa Ousman Sanneh Confess of Participating in 5 Killings, 2 Torture Sessions

Pa Ousman Sanneh, a former member of jungulars has confessed to participating in the killings five Gambian citizens and the torture of two others between 2013 and 2016.

In his testimony before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission Wednesday, he said the orders to kill and torture derived from the top – implicating former president Yahya Jammeh.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Pa Ousman Sanneh testified that he participated in the killings of former Majority Leader of the Parliament Baba Jobe and two Gambian-American Mamut Ceesay and Ebou Jobe, and Tumani Jallow and Abdoulie Gaye. He also confessed to participating in the torture of Lt. Col. Sarjo Jarjue and Captain Abdoulie Jobe. He denied taking part in the killings of nine inmates of Mile II prison as well as the torture of Imam Ba Kawsu Fofana contrary to testimonies given by earlier witnesses.

In Baba Jobe’s murder, Sanneh accepted responsibility but said he did not directly kill Jobe. He told the TRRC that he was asked to stand outside while his colleagues went ahead to “finish” Baba Jobe who was battling with illness on his sick-bed at Banjul referral hospital.

Mr. Ousainou Darboe : United Democratic Party (UDP) is not organizing a protest for ( 3 years Jotna ) Movement

The secretary general and leader United Democratic Party (UDP) .Lawyer Ousainou Darboe has dismissed in a press statement on Friday 17 / 05 / 2019 on the rumor that the party is preparing for a protest as the 3-year proposed term that coalition leaders agreed with President Adama Barrow coming to finish .

The streets were full with rumors that members of the UDP were preparing to stage a protest demanding for President Barrow to step down after 3 years, as agreed with the Coalition members.

Mr. Barrow and his coalition members had campaigned for a 3-year term, for anyone who became president before they can all return to their various parties for another election but since he came to power in 2016, President Barrow changed his position and declared intention to finish the 5 years mandate as dictated by the country’s constitution.

The 3-year team debate led to the creation of a movement call “3 years Jotna” meaning after 3 years Mr. Barrow term will will end . The movement say it will take the protest to the streets to demand for Mr. Barrow to respect the agreement and step dawn .

In the statement, Mr. Darboe said UDP is not organizing any political event or gathering in any part of the country, contrary to the rumors and allegations that it is organizing a protest. “UDP is a responsible and mature political party and not a protest movement. Whenever political events are organized, the party ensures that all the necessary permits are obtained in good time.”

Breaking News : First President of the Republic of Gambia Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara celebrates his ( 95 ) birthday

Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara born on16 May 1924 , is a Gambian politician who was a significant national leader of The Gambia, serving as its Prime Minister from 1962 to 1970, and then as its first President from 1970 to 1994.

Jawara was born in Barajally, MacCarthy Island Division, the son of Mamma Fatty and Almami Jawara. He was educated at the Methodist Boys’ School in Bathurst ( Banjul ) and then attended Achimota College in Ghana. He trained as a veterinary surgeon at the University of Glasgow‘s School of Veterinary Medicine and then completed his training at the University of Liverpool. He returned to The Gambia in 1953 and married Augusta Mahoney, beginning work as a veterinary officer. He decided to enter politics and became secretary of the new People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and was elected to the House of Representatives in the 1960 election. He became the leader of the ( PPP ) and then the country’s first Prime Minister in 1962, only the second ever head of government following Pierre Sarr N’Jie‘s term as Chief Minister.

Under Jawara, The Gambia gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1965. He remained as Prime Minister and Elizabeth II remained as head of state as Queen of the Gambia. In 1970, The Gambia became a republic, with no monarchy, and Jawara was elected as its first President. The greatest challenge to Jawara’s power came in 1981 when an attempted coup d’état took place and soldiers from neighbouring Senegal were forced to intervene, with 400 to 800 deaths reported by the end of the coup attempt. Following the coup attempt, Jawara and Senegalese President Abdou Diouf announced the creation of the Senegambia Confederation, but it collapsed in 1989.

Jawara continued to rule until 1994 when a coup d’état led by Yahya Jammeh seized power. Following this, he went into exile, but returned in 2002, and now lives in retirement in The Gambia. At age of 95, he is currently the oldest living former Gambian president in the Country .

Breaking News : 800 Gambians are waiting for deportation from Germany

Dr. Stefan Oswald, PS, Germany Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development has said that 800 Gambians are supposed to leave Germany immediately because they have overstay in the country.

Dr. Oswald made these remarks on Tuesday at Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) Annex in Mansakonko during a visit to the institute currently being rehabilitated by Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ.

He added that there are relatively many Gambians of around 16,000 in Germany, out of which 4000  have no rights to stay in Germany.

He further said that out of the figure, 4,400 who are educated, need treatment and other reasons have the rights to stay for sometime.

The project is meant to improve employ ability of young Gambians including returnees through strengthening the GTTI Annex in Mansakonko.

Two pilot training courses of one year in production and repair of agricultural tools as well as solarTechnic on household level are due to be carried out at the institute.

Each batch is expected to accommodate 20 students, with 5 places secured for returnees. 

He stated that the project is part of their general activities in order to create better circumstances for people finding jobs, adding that they are supporting quite a number of activities but The Gambian government has to invest something.

He went on to say that they will assist the Gambian government in developing capacities to take their fate in their own hands because The Gambia, like all other African states are signatories to the Agenda 2063 called the Africa we want.

He noted that their job is to accompany countries who want to be accompanied.

Sources : The Point .

The Gambia : Sait Darboe accuse Edward David Singhateh of killing Gambian Army Officers were accused of coup attempt on 11 / November / 1994

BY KABIRU SAGNIA ( C.E ) OF KNN :

The Vice President of the West African Bloc ECOWAS’s Edward David Singhateh has been accused of masterminding the killing of Gambian army officers, who were accused of coup attempt on 11 November of 1994. Mr. Singhateh was the Junta Defense Minister at the time of the mass execution of the officers. The revelation was made by Sait Darboe, a former Army Private soldier. Darboe was giving evidence yesterday before Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC).

Mr. Singhateh works at the ECOWAS Secretariat in Nigeria. He was elected Vice President of the African bloc during dictator Jammeh’s rule. He still maintains that post .

Mr. Darboe says Singhateh had played a leading role towards the execution of the November 11th Juntas . He says Singhateh did not only supervised the execution, but he also took part in the mass execution of the former army officers.

He says Singhateh’s younger brother Lt. Peter Singhateh had also took part in the execution of the accused officers. He described Peter Singhateh as a heartless former officer.

THE GAMBIA : President Bio of Sierra leone urges Gambians not to repeat past mistakes

The President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio has said The Gambia must move forward and consolidate its newfound democracy and avoid repeating its past mistakes.
Speaking to journalists at State House yesterday, President Bio said Gambia can pay attention to the future, because every nation is going forward.
“It is good to have a truth commission but it should not mean to go back to open up new wounds. It will definitely bring out certain lessons which you can incorporate in your governance structure in the way people relate to one another so that the mistakes of the past are not repeated. Gambia should do that to catch up with the rest of the world,” he said.

He said The Gambia and Sierra Leone had different experiences and that it is always good to use those experiences as a way to chart the future.
“We decided to have a truth, reconciliation commission and people took part in it. I was there myself and the recommendations of the commission have been properly documented and have guided us to be able to move forward as far as development is concerned. It also serves as a guide to make sure that we don’t go back into the bad habits like bad governance, injustice and corruption that led to the war,” he observed.

Sources : standard

THE GAMBIA : First National Human Rights Commission sworn in at the State House in Banjul.

His Excellency, President Adama Barrow today presided over the swearing-in of members of the first ever National #HumanRights #Commission at the State House in Banjul.

The five-man Commission, led by Chairperson Emmanuel Joof – a seasoned human rights lawyer – on Thursday morning swore to the oaths of office, allegiance, and secrecy in front of a cross section of high level government officials, family members, and well wishers.

In his congratulatory remarks, the President described the ceremony as a “historic milestone” in fulfillment of the human rights obligations of the government. He pledged that his government would ensure the independence and autonomy of the commission in executing its mandate. He also promised that government would render all the necessary support, be it moral or financial, to the commission in realization of its objectives.

The President highlighted that all categories of citizens would look up to the commission for the protection of their individual and collective rights, imploring on the commissioners to deal with all complaints “fairly and objectively, regardless of the identity, ethnic or political backgrounds” of complaints.

According to the Minister of Justice, the swearing in reaffirmed the fidelity of the government to the values and principles of good governance and democracy. He explained that the ceremony epitomes that The Gambia is reclaiming it’s rightful place in Africa as one of the leading bastions of democracy and rule of the law.

Speaking on behalf of the new commissioners, Chairperson Joof said, although it’s the state’s primary responsibility to protect human rights, he would urged all citizens to remain steadfast in upholding the rule of the law and human rights at all times.

THE GAMBIA : Fatou Bah-Barrow Gambia’s First Lady selected to Lead Regional fight against Plastic Pollution in Africa

The First Lady of the Gambia has been selected by the African Union Commission to lead the West African region’s efforts to eradicate plastic Pollution in Africa.

Fatou Bah-Barrow was selected at the First Ladies’ Dialogue during the 32nd ordinary summit of the African Union held on February 10th in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

As part of her role, Ms Bah-Barrow will spearhead the campaign to ban and eradicate plastics on the continent.

The First Lady said she will use her new role to help the gradual eradication of plastics through advocacy and awareness raising on the impacts of plastics and share experience on strategies and measures being undertaken to address the menace of plastics.

She said the Government of the Gambia is conscious of the health and environmental hazards associated with the growing demand for plastics, and remains committed to maintain the ban on plastic bags.

Ms Bah-Barrow expressed her appreciation to the African Union Commission and her fellow first ladies from across Africa at the High Level Working Session on Banning Plastics in Africa, for the laudable initiative and the honour bestowed on her as champion for West Africa.