Archive | July 2015

Yet Another Koriteh and Yet Another Pain and Emptiness for the Victims of Yahya Jammeh’s Cruelty

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As Muslims around the world today celebrate ‘Eid ul-Fitr’ or ‘Koriteh’ a celebration to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, there are thousands of families in The Gambia who are mourning the lost or disappearance of their fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, aunts, and uncles by their own government. It’s rather sad, while the whole country is celebrating the Koriteh, they are forced to endure the paid and emptiness without their love ones. While the people in the country would be saying to each other Eid Mubarak or happy Koriteh, they would be in their houses, mosques or Churches contemplating when will they be lifted from these predicaments that their own government put them on and while some would like it to be just a dream however, is it’s not a dream but a reality. It is bewildering to say the least, as to how Yahya Jammeh and his accomplices can sleep comfortable knowing the damage they are causing those families.

We Just spoke to one April 10/11victim’s family member, who lamented that there is no passing day without them mourning the lost of their son especially during festivities. The family member said, they mourn heavily during those times because, it brings back memories they had of him and it hurt them even more knowing that their son killers are out and about enjoying the occasion with their families while they continue to suffer.

How long should the arbitrary arrest and detention of innocent Gambians go on and when shall we come to realise that enough is enough? It would be befitting if the whole country for once unite and say we need justice for the innocent students that were killed, maimed and tortured in April 10/11year 2000, the innocent people that are being arrested on daily basis, because the sufferings the families are going through are unimaginable. However, as things stand that is perhaps prophetic thinking but sooner or later justice will be served to the latter especially for our comrades April 10/11 victims and survivors.

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Homage To A Man Who Served The Gambia With Dedication, Hard-Work and Patriotism: Phoday S. Sisay is Finally Laid To Rest

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“Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raaji’oon”!> “To Allah we belong and to Him is our return”!

Laid to rest today 10th July is a man who selflessly served his country with dedication, hard-work, loyalty and patriotism, Mr Phoday S. Sisay, the former managing Director of Gamtel and General Manager of GAMCEL who passed away peacefully at RVTH yesterday 9 July 2015; Gone was a man who was a native of Niamina Kudang and lives in Bakoteh; Gone was a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-grand Father and Uncle who is Resting in Eternal Peace.

A man of integrity, dignity and above all Allah fearing, is finally in the best of places; Whenever you meet Phoday the first thing you see is his broad and genuine smiles. A man who does not know how to be angry;

Phoday was a man who loves and feared Allah to a point he spent most of his life in the remembrance of Allah (Dhikr Lah) in day, in night, in happiness and in sadness; Allah says  “For those who believe and work righteousness, is (every) blessedness, and a beautiful place of (final) return” Quran 13:29

A man who changed the lives of thousands of people for better without asking even a thank you from them, Phoday,  a man who we can say with certainty that is currently in the best company, as Allah has promised us to help and extend family ties and He Allah will take care of the rest of our affairs and Phoday did that till his last breath in this world.

A man who would not hesitate to stop you in the middle of conversation, whenever you deviate or mention someone’s name not even to talk ill about that person in his or her absences. Such was a man who fear and respect his neighbours even a small noise in his house would make him shiver out of fear of offending his neighbours.

A man who even in the middle of the night is ready to roll his sleeves to get dirty for other people’s problems; a man in whose vocabulary NO doesn’t exist; Gone was a man whose void would take a generation to fill is finally in eternal garden beneath which rivers flows.

Allah bring us to this world for a purpose and that is to worship him alone and Phoday was a man who truly and sincerely fulfill that  to the best of his ability. May Allah Grant You JANAT FIRDAUS and May Allah continue to Guide, protect and provide sustenance to the family you left behind and afford us the heart to bear this great lost we incurred.

Thione Seck Denied Bail Once Again: As Senegalese Justice Minister Reassured His Lawyers of Free and Fair Trial

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The Senegalese Minister of Justice has invited the lead lawyers of Thione Seck, the leader of Raam Daan Group who is currently detained in prison without bail since his arrest to trust the justice system of Senegal.

Asked about the action brought by the advice of the singer who attacked the procedure, the Minister of Justice Mr. Sidiki Kaba said: “It is their right, but the state of Senegal is an organized state that obeys the operating principles of good justice. There are judges, who would apply the law to judge accordingly and they should trust them!

Thione Seck is in prison since 2 June and he was charged for criminal conspiracy, forgery, counterfeiting, alteration of current monetary signs, money laundering and attempted fraud. The judge’s second instruction was jailed cabinet with a Malian national. According to police, the singer and his partner were in possession of counterfeit notes worth 42 billion CFA francs. But since his arrest Thione Seck continues to maintain his innocence, claiming to be the victim of fraud and maraboutage.
At his hearing in June 30 background, the father of Ballago Waly Seck reiterated his innocence and went as far as accusing people lurking in the shadows. Which have conspired against him to harm him and break the career of his son. His lawyers had reported his condition to hope for a bail , however, this was rejected. They then appealed to the Indictment Division because they feel that the investigators did not meet their client’s rights at the beginning of his arrest.

 

Gambia is Leading to One Party State as The Rubber Stamp Parliamentarians Approved The Draconian Electoral Bill: The Ball is The Oppotion’s Court Now

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Majority Leader Fabakary Tombong Jatta

The Gambia robber stamp parliamentarians have approved the controversial and draconian Electoral Reform Bill on Tuesday 7 July 2015, this bill is designed to make the country a one party state as the Jammeh administration wants to make it impossible for opposition parties and candidates to participate in elections in The Gambia.

Among the changes the registration fee of presidential candidates has been increased from D10, 000 (£200) to whopping D500,000 (£10,000) and parliamentary candidate registration fee has also been increased from D5,000 (£100) to D50,000 (£1000). It also has raised the registration fee for mayoral candidates from D2, 500 (£50) to D50, 000 (£1000) and local Councillors from D1, 250 (£25) to D10, 000 (£200).  In the former electoral law, losing candidates are refunded the money when they secure 40 percent of the total votes  however,  after much debate that part of the law has been upheld.

This is no surprised at all, because the Gambian parliament is run by dictator Jammeh’s party the APRC and no member has the boldness to against it, lest you find yourself in Mile II prison. After all it’s the same parliament led by Fabakary Tombong Jatta et al. that passed the indemnity bill to indemnified the killers of April 10/11 student protesters in year 2000. It’s the oppositions turn to accept their demise or fight tooth and nail against this draconian bill; the world is watching.