Saturday 25 November 2017
(AFP (eng) 11/21/17)
A judge called Monday for lawyers representing The Gambia's feared former spy chief to be replaced, as the first high-profile case against key figures in the regime of ex-leader Yahya Jammeh stumbled. Two Nigerian lawyers have twice failed to appear in court to represent Yankuba Badjie, who ran the notorious National Intelligence Agency (NIA) under Jammeh and allegedly took his direct orders to torture and kill political opponents. High Court Justice Kumba Sillah Camara ordered the state "to provide the first accused person Yankuba Badjie, through national legal aid, a counsel to represent him," in the latest delay to a case that began in March. The two lawyers, named as Christopher Mene and Emmanuel Chime,...
(AfricaNews 11/21/17)
The African Union has called for an investigation on the Libyan authorities regarding the ‘slave markets’ of African migrants in the conflict torn nation. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Professor Alpha Conde, strongly condemned the despicable acts which are at odds with the ideals of the Founding Fathers of the Organization and relevant African and international instruments, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. He calls for an immediate end to these practices and other criminal acts of human trafficking. He calls for a swift action to be taken and identify all perpetrators and accomplices, with the view of bringing the criminals to justice. This comes following the release of shocking images showing the sale of...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
srael's cabinet voted on Sunday to close a migrant detention centre, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who entered the country illegally. Ministers unanimously approved plans to shutter the Holot centre in southern Israel and gave migrants a three-month deadline to leave the country or face deportation, said the interior and public security ministries. "The infiltrators will have the option to be imprisoned or leave the country," the public security ministry said in a...
(AFP (eng) 11/19/17)
When strongman Yahya Jammeh left The Gambia for exile after 22 years, new foreign minister Ousainou Darboe pledged the tiny nation would become the "human rights capital of Africa". His remarks came days after Jammeh's forced departure in January, and followed the release of droves of political prisoners from the country's notorious jails -- the face of years of flagrant rights abuses under the mercurial leader. But as the first anniversary approaches of the December 1 election that would eventually spell regime change for Banjul...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/17)
he African Union on Friday called for Libyan authorities to investigate "slave markets" of black Africans operating in the conflict-torn nation, following the release of shocking images showing the sale of young men. The demand follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to north African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400. Guinean President Alpha Conde, who is also Chairman of the African Union, demanded an enquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a "despicable trade... from another era". Meanwhile Senegal's government. commenting on Facebook, expressed "outrage at the sale of Sub-Saharan African migrants on Libyan soil,"...
(AfricaNews 11/10/17)
President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, has officially appointed Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang as his vice-president. The president announced it via his Twitter handle on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Barrow had named her his vice in January this year after beating long-serving Yahya Jammeh in elections last December. The appointment was, however, mired in controversy as the nominee was said to have exceeded the age limit to hold the office. Local media reports indicate that the necessary legal rectifications were done in...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/17)
US politicians are voicing concern over America's growing military presence across Africa, where they worry the Pentagon is getting ever more embroiled in a secretive campaign against a shifting enemy. Last month's killing of four US soldiers in a Niger ambush has thrust the issue into the spotlight, with lawmakers calling for greater transparency on what is going on in Africa. "The footprint in Africa is much bigger than the American public understands," Democratic Senator Tim Kaine said this week...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/23/17)
BANJUL (Reuters) - Togo’s leader Faure Gnassingbe should resign immediately and the African Union and West African regional bloc ECOWAS should persuade him to step down if he does not, Gambia’s Foreign Minister Ousainou Darboe said. Darboe’s comments are an early sign that opinion is shifting against Gnassingbe who took power in 2005 on the death of his father who had ruled since 1967. Togo is enduring a political crisis in which at least 10 people have been killed in...
(AFP (eng) 10/23/17)
Victims of the regime of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh announced Saturday an "international campaign" to bring him to justice. Jammeh, a former soldier, ruled the small English-speaking West African country from 1994 to January 2017 with an iron fist, but now lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea. His regime is accused by human rights defenders of systematically torturing political opponents and journalists, extrajudicial executions, arbitrary detentions and enforced disappearances. "We will do whatever it takes to get justice, no...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians...
(APA 10/06/17)
APA-Banjul (The Gambia) - The West African regional grouping Ecowas is in contention for the Nobel Peace Prize thanks ostensibly to its successful intervention in resolving the political impasse in The Gambia that had threatened to implode earlier this year. The Nobel Peace Prize is one of the most prestigious awards in the world which recognizes individual or group contributions to the advancement of peace, literature, science and health. The Nobel committee will name the winner of its peace prize...
(AfricaNews 10/05/17)
As part of cost cutting in government expenditure, a category of Gambian civil servants have been instructed to fly economy class, the Information Minister Demba Ali Jawo has disclosed. According to him, the decision was part of the outcome of a cabinet meeting that was held on Monday. The affected appointees are Permanent Secretaries and persons holding the post of Director-General. The said meeting chaired by President Adama Barrow, also dealt with issues such as continental trade negotiations and the...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Banjul (The Gambia) - Gambia’s election chief, Alieu Momar Njai has said the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is considering swapping marbles in favour of ballot papers for voters in future national elections. Since elections began in The Gambia under British colonial rule in the early 20th century, glass marbles instead of ballot papers are used in successive voting exercises, including the latest poll cycle which began last December. Speaking to the online Fatu Network news outlet on Wednesday, Mr Njai...
(AFP (eng) 09/22/17)
The Gambia has pledged to abolish the death penalty in a clean break with the former regime of Yahya Jammeh, giving activists hope that more African states will follow its example. President Adama Barrow, elected in December 2016, signed a UN treaty on the abolition of capital punishment following his maiden speech at the world body's general assembly, the government said in a press release Thursday. "By signing the treaties, the new Gambia continues to promote democracy and show the...
(Xinhuanet 09/15/17)
The Gambian President Adama Barrow has laid the foundation stone on Thursday to mark the official commencement of the construction of the Chinese funded International Conference Center at a tune of 50 million US dollars. Barrow said the bond of friendship and cooperation between The Gambia and China is growing stronger within the framework of South-South Cooperation, and that the strategic partnership between the two countries is based on mutual respect and common interest. "The construction of the Center comes at the right time, to showcase the new Gambia, as a viable and peaceful destination, and as a place of democracy, good governance, rule of law, and freedom of speech," he said.
(Xinhuanet 09/09/17)
The assessment team from the Commonwealth Secretariat in London on Friday held talks with the Gambian President Adama Barrow in order to see the return of the small West African state to the British organization for former colonies. Barrow said it was a unilateral decision by his predecessor to withdraw the country from the organization, which he described as unfortunate and uncalled for. He said the Gambians never wanted to leave. "Nobody wants to be isolated. We want to be part of all international bodies. This was one man's decision, and not something that was put to all Gambians.
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50...
( 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...
(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...
(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

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