It’s nearly three years since the December 2016 Presidential election in the Gambia which brought Jammeh’s 22-years of tyranny to an end and ushered in the beginning of President Adama Barrow’s coalition government. That election was a once in a generation or perhaps once in a lifetime, it was so important that even those you could term “they don’t care” about politics eventually ended up caring. Gambians at home praised the efforts of those in the diaspora and rightly so, but I think the people who deserved many credits were the politicians who at the time under very difficult circumstances sacrificed a lot to make the coalition a reality. Many people including myself were sceptical whether or not they will see the desideratum and the urgency needed for the change of status quo. And indeed they did even though it was hastily done with very little time and resources. Continue reading
The Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC) was set up by an act of parliament to look into the extra judiciary killings, tortures and disappearances of Gambians and the likes during the 22 years of Yahya Jammeh’s dictatorship. Most importantly, to help establish the truth, heal the wounds and bring to justice the perpetrators of those heinous crimes and closure for the victims and their families.
However, the Justice Minister of the Gambia, Mr Babucarr Tambedou’s announcement that some of the fearsome former hit-men of Yahya Jammeh known as the Junglers who testified before the TRRC are to be released imminently, would only intensify the division, pain and injustice Jammeh had inflicted on us during his misrule. It took me three days to come to terms with the reprehensible plan that these people are to release. Continue reading
Dear Mr President Adama Barrow,
I wish you and your family a blissful New Year and also wish you in advance a successful hosting of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) summit slated to for November 2019. This summit is a fantastic opportunity for the country in terms of infrastructures, tourism and exposure the country will get before, during and after the summit. For the sake of the country, we must all work together to make this a successful summit. Mr President you should do well to avoid it been politicised like that of the AU summit the country hosted in 2006. It’s an international event which we should host with great grandeur to the benefits of the entire nation.
Since the end of 22 years of dictatorship in the Gambia in December 2016, so many political and social issues which were tabooed then had now been widely debated both on and offline, in and outside the Gambia. Although some of the debates are conducted in a very civilised manner some not so civilised. This includes the recent Land dispute between the people specifically the Manjago community of Taneneh village, Kombo South, and a businessman Mr Seedy Barrow. The dispute stemmed from a plot of land which both parties claimed ownership. This is not the first time for a land dispute to occur between people and or communities in the Gambia. However, what made this one a unique case is mainly two factors, one of which is because it involved a minority tribe called Manjagoes who are mainly Christians secondly the Manjagoes claimed to have been using the disputed land as a cemetery for years and on the other hand, Seedy is claiming to be the rightful owner with right documentation to prove his claim. Continue reading