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Analysis | Views on The Government White Paper Regarding the TRRC Recommendations

  By Pa Louis Sambou Having gone through the White Paper, I cannot help but say that our transitional justice journey may not have been so chaotic and rocky had we had A-G Dawda Jallow in place from day one. I do however have a few  concerns  and  observations regarding aspects of the White Paper  ( considering  other public commentary I have come across):   My Concerns   1) Rejection of Recommendations Regarding NIA D.G Sowe : the reason advanced for rejecting recommendations regarding him is that his “ tampering ” of the evidence occurred on dates which are not within the TRRC’s mandate. (Like most things under the previous A-G, the TRRC Act was narrowly consulted on and poorly drafted — but upon discovery of the tampering, the TRRC ought to have liaised with the A-G to explore an appropriate amendment of the Act so that it brings into its remit, all unlawful conduct and omission which sought to frustrate or undermine its mandate regardless of when they occurred.)   D.G Sowe’s conduc

OPINION | Gambia: A Hub for Corruption

Author: Ebrima L. Dampha Our country, The Gambia, is trekking a route of an unimaginable quagmire! By Ebrima L. Dampha Mr. President,  Corruption has been part of social interaction since the beginning of humanity. People have always wheeled and dealed, given and taken, sought position, benefits, and privileges. Even in contemporary academic literature, it has been widely contested, especially in debates around New Public Management (NPM). However, in our country, it is a the new normal. - That is to say, people are proud to be corrupt, fearless of being reprimanded, and happy of being publicly finger-pointed as corrupt officials. Are we going to continue? If we do, then we are trekking a route of an unimaginable quagmire. Piling and sharing the nations land and resources, bribery, extortion, conflict of interest, public officials hiring one’s own company for government contracts, hiring unqualified friends or family members for government jobs, allocating contracts worth millions to c

OPINION | National Assembly Election Postmortem

D.A Jawo, Former Information Minister  By D. A. Jawo Gambians have spoken through their ballots by electing those they want to represent them in the National Assembly for the next five years. It had been an election full of anticipations as well as surprises. In view of President Adama Barrow's landslide victory in the last presidential elections, most members and supporters of his National People's Party (NPP) and indeed many other Gambians had anticipated that they were going to sweep clean the legislative elections and dominate the next National Assembly. However, even though they managed to scrape a slight majority, but obviously, President Barrow and his supporters are no doubt quite disappointed with the results. One would therefore wonder what had become of their acclaimed strategists who helped them win the presidential elections barely three months ago.  There is no doubt that the NPP hierarchy would meet to analyse the results and find out what went wrong.  Among the

OPINION | A Nation In Emotion of Division

  By Sheriff Saidykhan The political, and religious differences has for the past years been unabated in the country. The political division has sifted into tribal, and individual prejudices. Many political parties are not schooling their party supporters into the political veranda, for them to be politically informed on the political administrative life of the country.  President Barrow, on the other hand is facing many issues at different times. His re-election was greeted with mix reactions.  A former political school boy, and Assistant Treasurer of the United Democratic Party (UDP) turned President, is increasing the political flames; verbally attacking legends of different political parties at different times.  The significant timeline for Adam's Presidency, is for him to work tenaciously, and leave an indelible footprints into the nation’s highest political office.  Adam's need to reform himself politically, and work towards formulating many institutional policies for the

OPINION | Lawyer Lamin J Darbo Weighs in, on the Electoral Commission’s Rejection of the Nomination of UDP’s Busumbala Constituency Candidate, Momodou Sabally

Lawyer Lamin J Darbo He is a towering intellectual and first rate orator, served simultaneously as Secretary General and Minister of Presidential Affairs under His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhagie Dr Yahya A. J. Jammeh (the Professor). In that role he met all stripes of leaders domestic and international and participated in the great public dramas of the day at the policy councils of the Gambian state. Allowing for the authoritarian vagaries of the system installed by the Professor, Momodou Sabally (Sabally) was for a year the great supervisor of the Public Service, sounding board of the President, his preeminent confidant, and primus among the Ministers. Having presided, or somewhat participated over the hiring and firing of senior government figures, including some cabinet colleagues, he knows a thing or two about policy and its implementation. After all, he is the Gambia’s Pen and vigorously expresses his enlightening and entertaining perspective on the burning public questions o

OPINION | A Gambian Youth’s Response to A Religious ‘Leader’ Who Calls for An Overthrow of Democratic Statehood and Imposition of Islamic State in The Gambia

By:   Toney F Mendy The comments of  Chebbo Cham on  The Standard News Paper [March 3, 2022]   that The Gambia should be an Islamic State are an expression of potent delusional wishes, but even beyond that, a futile agenda long pursued by a considerable lot of citizens devoid of the very basic essential understanding of the tenet of The Gambian nationhood. Chebbo Cham, like Yahya Jammeh… like all others who stood for this ignoble agenda, is a threat to the very foundation of this nation. But what distinguished Chebbo Cham from a lot of brainwashed fellow citizens is his position as an imam, the timing of his comments ( Christian- lent period ), and manifested desire to embrace the open faults of a “ former ” despot of endless controversies, these, which highlight the epithets of the psyche of imam Cham, stand testimony of the reasons why he should not be left unanswered. Regardless of his psyche, belief, or his wishes, the very essential point of schooling for Imam Cham, is that The Ga