Tuesday 22 August 2017
( FOROYAA Newspaper 08/08/17)
Hon. Saikouba Jarju, the National Assembly member for Busumbala Constituency, has called on government not to politicise development by helping supporters and marginalizing opponents. Hon. Jarju made this remark during his intervention at the continuation of the adjournment debate on Wednesday, 31 July 2017. "Government should bring development, especially social amenities to the door step of every Gambian, irrespective of political differences," he asserted. Hon. Saikouba Jarju said government should avoid politicizing development, like it was done by past regimes. The Busumbala NAM said this is the reason why many areas in the countryside, did not develop for the past years. "The former government will only concentrate on people who supported them and forget their...
(AFP (eng) 08/03/17)
The Gambia has revoked the diplomatic passports of ex-leader Yahya Jammeh and his associates, the foreign ministry said Thursday, as the new government pursues former regime figures it believes embezzled state funds. Jammeh plundered an estimated $50 million before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea in January after 22 years in power, the country's justice minister announced in May, promising a commission would trace the money. The Gambian government revoked "the diplomatic passports of members of the former regime and this includes President Yahya Jammeh, his wife Zeinab Jammeh and cabinet ministers," ministry of foreign affairs spokesman Saikou Ceesay told AFP. "The list consists of 271 people who no longer enjoy diplomatic immunities. They should have returned their passports when...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/03/17)
Former Gambian interior minister Ousman Sonko will remain in a Swiss jail for another three months after the country's attorney general (AG) broadened an investigation into whether he committed crimes against humanity. Sonko has been in pre-trial custody since January after the Geneva-based legal group Trial International filed a criminal complaint accusing him of having personally taken part in torture. The attorney general's office said it had since expanded its probe beyond the original allegations after hearing testimony from witnesses and after additional complaints were lodged against Sonko. Sonko was interior minister from 2006 to 2016, when he fled to Sweden and thence to Switzerland
(APA 08/03/17)
The Gambia government of President Adama Barrow has revoked the diplomatic passport of his predecessor Yahya Jammeh and 270 others, an online news outlet reported Wednesday. Gainako published a list of diplomatic passports issued to Gambians during ex President Jammeh’s 22-year rule which it said have been withdrawn but gave no reason. Gainako claimed that authorities around the world have been notified to reject any of the passports whether they are from Gambians or others. Aside from Jammeh, other prominent...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/02/17)
China will offer its new African ally Gambia support in infrastructure, agriculture, tourism and other areas, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his visiting Gambian counterpart, after the nation ditched ties with self-ruled Taiwan. Gambia ended formal relations with Taiwan, claimed by China as a wayward province with no right to diplomatic ties, last year. Gambia's new government, which took over from former long-time leader Yahya Jammeh this year, has pledged to continue relations with Beijing. Wang told Ousainou Darboe...
(Foroyaa 07/31/17)
The Ministry of Justice has on Thursday 26th July 2017, held a press release indicating it has on 21st July 2017 obtained order from the High Court freezing additional assets, companies and bank accounts belonging or connected to the former president, Yahya AJJ Jammeh,his family and close associates. The dispatch reveals that the order was made consequent to an application to High Court on the 19th July 2017. This new order contains an additional forty nine (49) properties mostly located...
(AFP (eng) 07/27/17)
Six months ago, businessman and political novice Adama Barrow took power in Africa's smallest mainland country after delivering a stunning defeat against ex-leader Yahya Jammeh, who had ruled brutally for 22 years. When Barrow finally took power in The Gambia in late January after a prolonged political crisis, the euphoria soon turned to grim recognition that Jammeh had more or less cleaned out the nation's coffers before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea, he tells AFP in an interview. "We...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The Gambia's justice minister has promised a new constitution to be voted on by referendum as the tiny west African country transitions from the long rule of former strongman Yahya Jammeh. Attorney General and Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou said Thursday the new national charter would entirely replace the 1997 version written largely to consolidate Jammeh's power after he took control in a 1994 coup. A Constitutional Review Commission would consult a broad cross-section of society for a maximum two-year period,...
(AFP (eng) 07/14/17)
Gambian President Adama Barrow has set up a commission to probe the assets of former leader Yahya Jammeh, accused of stealing at least $50 million from the tiny west African state. In May, The Gambia's justice minister announced that Jammeh had plundered the meagre state coffers before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea in January after 22 years in power. He promised a commission would trace the cash. At a ceremony Thursday naming the commission's members, Barrow said it was...
(APA 07/13/17)
Mr. Musa Amul Nyassi, the member of the opposition Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) for Foni Kansala, in the National Assembly, says that the party has obtained police permit to celebrate the July 22nd anniversary that brought former President Yahya Jammeh to power. Nyassi told journalists in Banjul that the party militants would come together to celebrate the day in grand style, pointing out that they want “the whole Gambia to know that APRC is alive and that the militants are loyal to the party”.
(AFP (eng) 07/08/17)
The head of a West African force maintaining security in The Gambia told AFP Friday that army officials loyal to veteran former leader Yahya Jammeh were plotting against the new government. West African troops were first sent to The Gambia in January to compel Jammeh to relinquish power to his elected successor Adama Barrow, but were retained at the new president's request over fears for his safety. Colonel Magatte Ndiaye, the head of a Senegalese contingent deployed by the the...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an...
(APA 07/04/17)
The Gambian President, Adama Barrow has called for proactive action for the realization of the 0.2 percent levy agreed by the union on eligible imports within the continent. He said the decision if realized will serve as a pavement for an ''independent and self-reliant Africa''. Barrow's speech at the summit currently underway in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa made available to APA on Tuesday also attaches great importance the continent's agreed financing mechanism, as a way forward, while emphasizing the need to review the administrative and governance structures the African Union.
(APA 06/30/17)
Gambian lawmakers on Thursday adopted the new 2017 revised draft of the revenue and expenditure estimates of The Gambia Government, which was laid before the Assembly in Banjul by the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Mr. Amadou Sanneh. Presenting the revised estimates before the lawmakers, the Finance Minister said the revised budget estimates for the year was necessitated by the country's struggling economy due to huge debts owed government companies, including the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), the alleged financial embezzlement by...
(APA 06/24/17)
Cabinet ministers in the new Gambian government will declare their assets to the state by July 15, 2017 under a new policy promoting transparency and accountability in public affairs. This was announced in a statement delivered by the director of Communication at the Office of the President in Banjul, Amie Bojang-Sissoho, during a press briefing at the presidency Thursday. She said a new culture of transparency and accountability in The Gambia consists in ministers declaring their self-worth to discourage corruption...
(APA 06/16/17)
The visiting UN Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances Thursday held a closed door meeting with Gambian President Adama Barrow. The group has been in The Gambia since Sunday to conduct a comprehensive study on the prevention and eradication of enforced disappearances, including issues related to truth, justice and reparation for victims of such violations. Members of the UN working group are expected to meet and hold talks with family members of disappeared relatives with a view to studying...
(APA 06/15/17)
The leader of the opposition Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), Fabakary Tombong Jatta, has spoken out against “the militarization of Kanilai and other areas in Foni”. “I will urge the government to end the illegal curfew in Kanilai. I have spoken to the people there, and they told me the military has imposed a curfew on the villagers’, Jatta told journalists. It would be recalled that Kanilai, native village of the former president, was recently the scene of...
(APA 06/15/17)
The Gambia has severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf State of Qatar following South Africa, Egypt and Senegal over allegations that the Middle Eastern nation is funding terrorist organizations. According to a news release issued on Thursday by the ministry of foreign affairs, international cooperation and Gambians abroad read on national television on Wednesday night, the Gambia has become the latest country to cut ties with Qatar. Gambia has enjoyed numerous development projects during former president Yahya Jammeh's administration; several...
(APA 06/14/17)
Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has announced he would hold a press conference twice in every six months to inform the citizens on the activities of the government. Emerging from Tuesday's second cabinet meeting, President Adama Barrow took to his Facebook page, writing: “My cabinet agreed to put in place a communications strategy that would guide regular government communication with the public. This will include regular press briefings and I will hold bi-annual news conferences.” Reacting to news of the proposed bi-annual press conferences, the Gambia press union said it was a great and...

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