Breaking News – The Gambia : ECOWAS statement on the current political situation in the Country

ALL STAKEHOLDERS MUST ENSURE PEACE, SECURITY AND STABILITY IN THE GAMBIA!

The ECOWAS Permanent Mission in The Gambia has been monitoring the various protests being held in the country by the 3-Years-JOTNA, 5-Years-JOTAGUL, the APRC and other intended protests by the 3-Years-JOTNA again on 19 January 2020 and the Gambian Victims Centre in Banjul on 23 January 2020.

Though these protests have so far been peaceful, the ECOWAS Mission wishes to categorically state that it is totally against any group or party that seeks to undermine the constitution of The Gambia and by extension any group that seeks to forcefully demand the removal of any constitutionally and democratically elected government, which contravenes the provisions of the ECOWAS 2001 Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.

Furthermore, the ECOWAS mandate requires the Mission to facilitate dialogue and initiatives that will ensure peace, security and stability in the country. The Mission’s engagement with civil society groups, religious groups and other stakeholders in respect of the current developments have all been geared towards this direction.

Deliberate misinformation, distortions and falsehoods about the true and otherwise positive overtures by the Mission aimed at sowing seeds of discord between ECOWAS and Gambian stakeholders and other relevant actors, must be ignored. The ECOWAS Mission will thus not give credence to any group that seeks to be a source of instability. Therefore, any distortions by some actors in respect of previous engagements by ECOWAS must be ignored. The Mission once again wishes to assure Gambian stakeholders and citizens at large that it will continue to facilitate dialogue, peaceful co-existence and stability and put in the necessary measures to enhance a stable and secure environment for national development.

The Mission therefore remains seized within its mandate to work with the Government of The Gambia, Development Partners, Civil Society Organisations, and other relevant stakeholders to peacefully resolve any issues that have the potential to undermine the peace, security and stability in the country.

Sources : The ECOWAS Permanent Mission in The Gambia.

Breaking News : France supports The Gambia budget with 2 million Euro

( K.N.N ) – Banjul : After 5 M € in 2018, France signed an agreement with The Gambia Government , for an additive budget support of 2 M € . The main objective of this budget support is to safeguard poverty-reduction expenditures. The other projects implemented by the Agence Française de Développement ( French Development Agency ) will come in 2020 (water provision through NAWEC and agriculture). Over 30 M € will be committed over 2018-2020.

Sources : France in The Gambia Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/France-in-the-Gambia-267133000371622/?ref=page_internal

Diplomatic passport scandal: 20 arrested and 289 readable machines missing ( The Gambia )

Banjul ( K.N.N ) : As the investigation into the diplomatic passport scandal deepens, the latest revelations have led to the arrest of 20 suspects, with 289 diplomatic passport readers still missing.

Government spokesman Ebrima Sankareh made the remarks as he gave an update on the latest police investigation in an interview with the West Coast (RADIO) morning breakfast program.

He confirmed that 20 people had been arrested in connection with the diplomatic passport scandal.

However, Sankareh quickly added that all the suspects arrested had been granted bail and were cooperating with the investigation.

He explained that some of the detainees work in the Office of the President and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Council of Brikama region and the Department of Immigration in the Gambia, businessmen and others. However, he hinted that this figure could increase.

He added that the commission investigating the matter has also provided some very important figures about the complete passport scandal. The investigation also reveals that between 2003 and 2014, a total of 15,996 diplomatic passports were provided by the printing company De La Rue to the Gambia government.

According to him, out of 15,996 diplomatic passports, 12.96 diplomatic passports were deposited in the Gambian Central Bank.

It was discovered during the investigation that 400 passports were issued before the stockpile was handed over to the Gambian Central Bank.

The Central Bank also issued 2000 to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the same period, leaving the remaining balance of 10,496 in the vault of the Central Bank.

A government spokesman said 3,100 passports had been received by the Gambia Immigration Service from De La Rue and handed over to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs but not to the Central Bank.

Records from the Immigration Department proved that 138 Passports were issued from the stock, adding that 2,650 passports were discovered at the State Department and 23 others recovered from the suspects.

Accordingly, the Commission discovered that 289 machine-readable diplomatic passports remain unknown.

The commission of inquiry has also contacted Interpol to write counterparts and to cancel diplomatic passports issued to some investors who received diplomatic passports.

In 2008, there were some German investors, who managed to maneuver and were issued diplomatic passports and paid 10,000 euros.

He added that this figure is the highest figures revealed by the Commission of Inquiry in which people obtained passports.

The investigation is ongoing and witnesses are cooperating with the police in the case.

By Kabiru Sagnia Chief Editor of Kabiru News Network ( K.N.N ).

Breaking News : Turkey, Malaysia and Pakistan agree to establish a TV channel to fight Islamophobia ( Worldwide )

Kabiru News network ( KNN ) – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday he had agreed with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to establish an English-language television channel to combat Islamophobia Worldwide .
This came in two tweets published by Khan on his Twitter account on Wednesday, after a tripartite meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, in New York City, on the sidelines of their participation in the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly 2019.
“President Erdogan and Prime Minister Mahathir and I took a joint decision at our meeting today to establish an English-language television channel to combat the challenges posed by the phenomenon of Islamophobia and correct misconceptions about our great religion of Islam,” Khan said.
“The channel will work to correct the misconceptions of some people against Muslims,” ​​Khan said, adding that the channel will focus on clarifying insulting religious values, producing films and series that tell the history of Muslims to educate others and create a special media for Muslims.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the tripartite summit he had met with the prime ministers of Pakistan and Malaysia dealt with critical issues such as Jerusalem and Islamophobia.
Earlier this year, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said at a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara that with the cooperation of Turkey and Pakistan, Islamic civilization could be promoted again.
“By uniting our minds and abilities, we can advance the great Islamic civilization that once existed, by working jointly between Malaysia and Turkey, while also cooperating with Pakistan,” Mahathir said.
The Turkish-Malaysian-Pakistani move comes at a time of increasing attacks against Muslims in many Western countries, most notably the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand.
Official statistics also showed a high frequency of attacks against Muslims in Germany and Britain.

By Kabiru Sagnia Chief Editor of ( KNN ).
Source: Union of Muslim Scholars – Agencies .

Breaking News : Turkey, Malaysia and Pakistan agree to establish a TV channel to fight Islamophobia ( Worldwide )

Kabiru News network ( KNN ) – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Thursday he had agreed with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to establish an English-language television channel to combat Islamophobia Worldwide .
This came in two tweets published by Khan on his Twitter account on Wednesday, after a tripartite meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, in New York City, on the sidelines of their participation in the meetings of the United Nations General Assembly 2019.
“President Erdogan and Prime Minister Mahathir and I took a joint decision at our meeting today to establish an English-language television channel to combat the challenges posed by the phenomenon of Islamophobia and correct misconceptions about our great religion of Islam,” Khan said.
“The channel will work to correct the misconceptions of some people against Muslims,” ​​Khan said, adding that the channel will focus on clarifying insulting religious values, producing films and series that tell the history of Muslims to educate others and create a special media for Muslims.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the tripartite summit he had met with the prime ministers of Pakistan and Malaysia dealt with critical issues such as Jerusalem and Islamophobia.
Earlier this year, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said at a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara that with the cooperation of Turkey and Pakistan, Islamic civilization could be promoted again.
“By uniting our minds and abilities, we can advance the great Islamic civilization that once existed, by working jointly between Malaysia and Turkey, while also cooperating with Pakistan,” Mahathir said.
The Turkish-Malaysian-Pakistani move comes at a time of increasing attacks against Muslims in many Western countries, most notably the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand.
Official statistics also showed a high frequency of attacks against Muslims in Germany and Britain.

By Kabiru Sagnia Chief Editor of ( KNN ).
Source: Union of Muslim Scholars – Agencies .

Amie Bojang-Sissoho : President Barrow doors are Open to Dialogue Over 3 Years agreement

The Gambia ( KN.N ) 19 / 09 /2019 : The director of press and public relations at State House, Ms. Amie Bojang-Sissoho, has said that President Adama Barrow doors are open to dialogue with Gambians over the 3-years agreement.

“The President’s decision is that as a nation we must discuss and have a dialogue in a context that will help us move forward because what he wants is to make this country better than what it is for all .
In order to do that his perspective on the three years issue is for us to have a dialogue on the matter,” Ms. Bojang said at a press briefing at State House yesterday Wednesday 18 / 09 / 2019 .

She said the President is also understand the fact that there cannot be peace without dialogue.

“Yes, if the government fails to realize its dreams President Barrow will take the blame as the head of state.

But it is the responsibility of every institution in the Gambia that has a stake in the national development plan to make sure that you do what is expected of you…not for President Barrow to succeed but for the greater good of the Gambia,” she noted.

By Kabiru Sagnia : Chief Editor of Kabiru News network (K.N.N).

West Africa News : ECOWAS Leaders Committed to eradicate Terrorism in the Region

K.N.N 15 / 09 /2019 : The authorities , Heads of States and Governments of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) , held an extraordinary summit on terrorism in the region yesterday, 14 September 2019 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
The special summit aims to consider various initiatives taken to prevent and combat terrorism and redefine priority areas in line with the decision taken at the 55th Ordinary Session of the Commission held in Abuja, Nigeria on 29 June 2019.

In his welcoming speech, Burkina Faso President Roche Marc Christian Kaburi highlighted that in the light of the growing threat of terrorism in the region, cooperation and solidarity among nations have become imperative.

“That is why our countries must pool their human, material and intelligence resources and equip and train our defense and security forces to strengthen their operational capabilities in combating this scourge in West Africa” he said.

H.E. Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), while highlighting the significant impact of terrorism on economic activities in the region and the fear it created among the citizens of society, stressed that The special summit is an opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to the collective elimination of terrorism in the region and to re-evaluate the regional counter-terrorism strategy.

Source : ECOWAS website .

By Kabiru Sagnia chief editor of Kabiru News Network (K.N.N)

Breaking News (KNN) : Abdullah Mohammed Morsi son of the late Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi died after a sudden heart attack

Egyptian Media reported the death of Abdullah Morsi , the youngest son of the late Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi , after a sudden heart attack .

According to news reports and accounts on social media networks sites close to the Muslim Brotherhood ,Abdullah Morsi died after a heart attack in a private Hospital in the gardens of pyramids in Giza Egypt.

The Family of the late Abdullah Morsi , confirmed that the late son was driving his card suffered nervous convulsions and a sudden heart attack , and The Doctors failed to safe him .

May his soul rest in peace amen.

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).

Breaking News : The Zionist entity ( Israel ) banned two Muslim members of the US Congress from entering its territory after a request from Donald Trump

Israel has banned two Muslim members of the US Congress , Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, from a visit they had planned to do, after President Donald Trump called for them to be banned .

Earlier in the day, Trump called on Israel to block the entry of two Muslim members of Congress from the Democratic Party, which have announced their support for boycott Israel , divestment and sanctions.

Trump added “If Israel allows MPs Ilhan Omar and MP Rachida Tlib to visit, it will be a sign of great weakness on their part,” Trump tweeted.

“They hate Israel, and all the Jewish people, and nothing can be said or done that changes their mind,” he said.

The decision is a reversal of what the Israeli ambassador to the United States announced last month, when he said his country would admit Muslim members of Congress to visit Israel .

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.

Malaysia : We will never hand over the Islamic preacher “Zaker Nike” to India After official Indian request

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said on Friday that his country would not hand over Indian preacher Zacker Nike to his country, which accuses him of “financing terrorism and money laundering .”

In his remarks to the local news site Today, the Malaysian foreign minister confirmed that Kuala Lumpur’s position remains as it is, by refusing to hand over the preacher, Zaker Naik, after the Indian official request.

It should be noted that the Indian government has revoked the passport of Zaker Naik, an Indian Islamic preacher who is known for his anti-violent and anti-religious rhetoric.

According to Indian media, intelligence has asked Interpol to place Islamic preacher Nike in the red leaflet.

Zakir Nayek, an Islamic preacher and an Islamic scholar, was born in 1965. He is also a doctor. Since 1993, he has focused on Islamic preaching. He has also been active in the fields of advocacy, preaching and comparison of religions. is named “Dedat Al Akbar” and serves as Director of the Islamic Research Foundation in India.

Breaking News : The Gambia Government appeals to women to report any “aggression committed” by former Dictator Yahya Jammeh against them

The Gambia government has called on all women and girls in the country to report any sexual violence they have suffered from former Dictator Yahya Jammeh.

The appeal comes after former beauty queen Fatou Jallow told the BBC that the former president had sexually assaulted her when he was a President of the country in 2015.

The BBC tried to contact President Jammeh, who lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea, to respond to the charge, but did not succeed.

A spokesman for Jammeh’s National Alliance for Reorientation and Construction denied all charges against the former president.

“We are a party, and the Gambian people are fed up with the unfounded allegations against our former president,” Othman Rambo Jatta, a party spokesman, said in a written statement to the BBC.

Mama Africa ( Sudan ) : The African Union suspends Sudan’s membership until it chooses a civilian authority to lead the country

The African Union suspended Sudan’s membership immediately untill the country’s administration chooses a transitional civil authority to run the Government .

“This is the only way out of the crisis say AU.

The decision came after Sudanese security forces killed protesters in the capital Khartoum by shooting at them.

The Sudanese Health Ministry said 61 people had died in the violence, including three security forces, stabbed to death, the ministry said.

But the Central Physicians Committee, linked to the opposition protest movement, says more than 100 civilians were killed after security forces shot them.
It said 40 bodies had been found in the waters of the Nile River in Khartoum on Tuesday, but the Sudanese authorities denied that .

Some doctors and nurses are also afraid of going to hospitals to treat the injured.

Militias are everywhere.

Numerous reports from Khartoum said that rapid support forces were roaming the city’s almost deserted streets and targeting civilians.
They were previously known as the Janjawid militia and were accused of atrocities in Darfur in 2003.

Talks between the opposition and the ruling transitional military junta were disbanded earlier this week after a dispute over a plan to hand over the country’s administration to a civilian Government.

What did the military council say in defense of the dismantling of the sit-in?

Vice President of the Sudanese Military Council, Mohammad Hamdan Daglo, defended the sit-in in front of the army headquarters in Khartoum, saying that “the protesters were infiltrated by rogue elements and drug traffickers.”

“We will not allow chaos and we will not go back in our conviction, and the prestige of the state must be imposed by law,” he said.

Leaders of the protest movement in Sudan refused the offer of Transitional Military Council to resume negotiations, saying it could not be trusted after the violence against the protesters.

What are the reasons behind the recent violence?

Sudan has been under the control of the junta since the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019 after nearly 30 years of his rule.

By Mr. Kabiru Sagnia Chief Editor of Kabiru News Network ( K.N.N ) .

Africa ( Libya ) A large batch of Turkish arms to the Libyan capital Tripoli arrived

Arrived at the port of the Libyan capital Tripoli, a large batch of Turkish military weapons and armor on board a ship coming from northern Turkey.
The Libyan Al-Samoud Brigade, led by the well-known military leader from the city of Misurata and internationally punished, Salah Paddy, posted pictures and a video on his official Facebook page, showing the moment of the ship’s descent from its nearly 30 armored vehicles Piece, while he vowed to fight and make a difference on the ground.

The ship, which was flagged by Moldova, was named “AMAZON” and, according to information from the sites concerned with the movement of ships, sailed from the port of Samsun in northern Turkey on 21 April.

Similar to the military vehicles seen in the published sections, Kirby Turkish armored vehicles from BMC, based in Samson, manufacture military equipment for the Turkish army and the Qatari Investment Fund owns 50% of its shares.

By : Mr . Kabiru Sagnia Chief Editor of Kabiru News Network ( K.N.N )

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: The Emir of Qatar directs the allocation of half a billion dollars to the Palestinian people

By Mr, Kabiru Sagnia Chief Editor of ( K.N.N ) :

Qatar’s Foreign Ministry said Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani had allocated $ 480 million to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

“This support comes from the bonds of brotherhood and the ties of Arabism (العروبة ) and religion between the Palestinian and The Qatari people , in order to help the brotherly Palestinian people achieve their vital life needs in the difficult circumstances imposed on them by the Israeli occupation forces ,” a Qatari Foreign Ministry statement said on Monday. The Israeli occupation forces and the decline of international humanitarian support to them and their United Nations programs, and the continued inability of the Palestinian economy to perform its role required because of what has faced over the past years of crises and challenges.
The State of Qatar has allocated $ 300 million in grants and loans to support the health and education budget of the Palestinian Authority and $ 180 million to provide urgent humanitarian support, as well as to support UN programs in Palestine and support electricity services to ensure access to the various sectors of the Palestinian people , Especially during the holy month of Ramadan, and to meet the summer season where electricity is increasingly needed. “

Qatar called on the international community to “fulfill its humanitarian and moral responsibilities and help the Palestinian people” to overcome the humanitarian crisis it faces.

Doha reiterated its “full commitment to stand by the brotherly Palestinian people to obtain all their legitimate rights.”

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 .

BREAKING NEWS ( ECOWAS ) : Edward Singhateh is not working with the regional body

The secretariat of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, has issued a statement on Tuesday confirming that the former serial killer , Edward Singhateh, is no more working with the regional body.

Singhateh, a former defence minister and one of the leading soldiers that overthrew former president Dawda Kairaba Jawara, is accused of several killings in the country from since 1994.

The former captain who later became a trained lawyer was appointed as the vice president of the ECOWAS Commission.

After several allegations emerged from country’s Truth Commission of Singhateh’s involvement in executions in the immediate aftermath of 11 / November / 1994 coup, Gambians began taking interest in the whereabouts of the former minister.

“The ECOWAS Permanent mission in The Gambia therefore wishes to inform the general public that former Vice President, Mr. Edward Singhateh is no longer a staff of the ECOWAS Commission as purported by the Freedom Newspaper. The Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission is Mrs. Finda Koroma, a Sierra Leonean, who immediately took over from Mr. Edward Singhateh in 2018,” a part of the press release on Tuesday stated.

Egypt : minister of transport resigns after train crash kills 25 people

Egypt’s transport minister resigned after a deadly train crash in Cairo killed at least 25, and left 50 injured.

Through a statement, the Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly is said to have accepted Hisham Arafat’s resignation

Madbouly who visited the scene of the crash announced that the incident would be investigated and anyone found responsible held to account.

Inside the station, the train’s blackened engine could be seen tilted to one side next to a platform.

Eyewitness Ibrahim Hussein said: “I saw a man pointing from the locomotive as it entered the platform, and screaming ‘There are no brakes, there are no brakes’ before he jumped out of the locomotive. And I don’t know what happened to him.”

According to security sources from local media, there was no indication that the crash was deliberate.

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.

Iran : Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Enemies cannot hurt Iranian nation

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the fact that millions of people celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Revolution, once again proved that the enemies cannot hurt the Iranian nation in any way .

He added that ” Of course, the adversaries would deny that millions of people showed up but they do know and they do understand that as long as a nation holds its ground like this, enemies can do it no harm,” Ayatollah Khamenei told a crowd of thousands of people on Monday

Millions of Iranians took to the streets last week to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, much to the dismay of US leaders who had said the Islamic Republic would not survive to see the event. 

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.

AFRICA : Egypt’s Sisi took over the leadership of African Union from Kagame of Rwandan

Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who led an active, reformist tenure as African Union chair, on Sunday passes the leadership to Egypt, seen as more likely to focus on security issues than expanding the powers of the body.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi officially took over the post of ceremonial head of the African Union which rotates between the five regions of the continent at the start of a two-day summit in Addis Ababa.

While multiple crises on the continent will be on the agenda of heads of state from the 55 member nations, the summit will also focus on institutional reforms, and the establishment of a continent-wide free trade zone.

The Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) was agreed by 44 nations in March 2018, but only 19 countries have ratified the agreement, with 22 needed for it to come into effect.