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Opinion| Adieu Pa Modou Faal: A man of peace in a world of evil

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    By Sheriff Saidykhan When people of great virtures left the face of the earth, many people reminded themselves of the indelible footprints they left behind as a recollection of daily reminder for admiration at all times.  Gambia’s long serving journalist Pa Modou Faal, has now joined the ranks of the departed souls. The good virtures of Pa Modou Faal, cannot be understated.  He was a cool collected journalist. Loved by his colleaques for his ardent fight for media freedom during the ruthless dictatorship of former president Jammeh. A graet humanist and a strong desciple of Allah has left us too soon. The many good deeds of Pa Modou, cannot be chronicle in one book. One of the fascinating things about Pa was that, every morning after the Fajr prayers at the Masjid. He will hold a prayer beat to be in the remembrance of Allah, by calling his great names on his way to work. A brother, father, colleaque and a figure of the enlightment. Pa, has contributed his immense quotas towards the

Opinion | Saul Saidykhan hammers his views on Barrow’s “Unprecedented” win, reminds him of the dangers posed on election scam!

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By Saul SaidyKhan In a leaked audio call between Barrow and an unidentified IEC official on election night, the president could be heard gushing (about his emerging electoral heist)“it’s unprecedented”!  Indeed, it is. Never have we had an election so blatantly rigged as the December 2021 presidential election. The most unpopular president in Gambian history - the only sitting president we’ve had thus far who serially fails to elicit any cheers from citizens when he ventures out has miraculously scored the largest number of votes in the largest turnout election in our history.  The 2021 turnout was larger than all our pre-Independence elections and even the Independence Referendum. In short, our 7 year old girl name Adama Barrow has given birth to a 9 lbs baby under the wonderful midwifery of our colorful IEC! In another leaked audio from Barrow’s NPP Only forum, a man who didn’t fully self-identify could be heard addressing one Sainey Manneh and exhorting his colleagues to refrain fro

D. A Jawo Offers Advice to President Elect Barrow

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  A Piece of Advice to President-elect Barrow By D. A. Jawo Now that President-elect Adama Barrow has received a strong mandate from Gambians to rule this country for another five years, everyone is anxiously waiting to see how he is going to handle his new mandate. Is he going to continue with the same lackadaisical attitude, with corruption and malfeasance being the hallmark of his last administration, or are we going to see more positive developments, with head-on confrontation against corruption and mis-management?  Regardless of who voted for him and who did not, and the obvious fact that there were some irregularities in the elections, Barrow is still president for all Gambians, and as such, we should all pray for the success of his administration, because it means ultimate success for the Gambia. It is a well known fact that several non-Gambians who had no business in our elections were mobilized to vote and they indeed voted. However, apparently because of their over-confidence

OPINION | 𝗚𝗮𝗺𝗯𝗶𝗮’𝘀 𝗦𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗗𝗲𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁

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Writer and Political Scientist diagnosis the Issues with The Gambia’s Political system By Saul Saidykhan Few 𝗱𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗮𝗴𝗼, 𝗚𝗮𝗺𝗯𝗶𝗮’𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗨𝗗𝗣 𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝗳𝗶𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗮 𝗰𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗔𝗱𝗮𝗺𝗮 𝗕𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗼𝘄’𝘀 𝗽𝘂𝗿𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝘃𝗶𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟰𝘁𝗵 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻.  𝗜 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗳𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗻𝗼𝗿 𝗱𝗼 𝗜 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗼. 𝗠𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗹𝘆, 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗸𝗲𝘆 𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝘂𝗻𝗻𝘆 “𝗧𝗼𝘂𝗯𝗮𝗯” 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘀𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗱𝗼 𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗲 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗯𝗲 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗲𝗻𝘁. 𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀, 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗗𝗣 𝗰𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗹𝗲𝗱.𝗥𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿, 𝗶𝘁’𝘀 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗽𝗼𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗶𝗻𝘆 𝗚𝗮𝗺

OPINION | Presidential election 2021, lessons for UDP

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     Key Takeaways Why UDP Lost  By Alieu Susso The outcome of the Presidential election was greeted with shocked for many people in The Gambia and abroad. Below are the resultant factors why UDP lost the election. UNTAME BEHAVIOUS:  The administration of United Democratic Party did not take responsibility to address some of the indecent behavior's from their party supporters. The frequent used of hate and bigotry sentiments towards certain individuals and groups were not address by the party.  DISRESPECT OF VENERABLE RELIGIOUS LEADERS:  Their ill advised disrespect of religious leaders, most especially the Supreme Islamic Council. Many of their supporters threatened to dissolved the Council if they come to power. Though these rhetorics may not come from the administrative level of the party. The lack of intervention from the Executive of the party towards condemning such actions also contributed to their defeat.  THE SPREAD OF SOCIAL MEDIA FALSE NEWS:    Online social media messag

OPINION | Former GNA Lieutenant Binneh Minteh Shares His Opinion on Essa Faal

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“Be Careful Gambia” Writes Minteh By Dr. Binneh Minteh   Memorializing November 11th, 1994 Extra-judical Executions In The Gambia ( Part II): Essa Mbye Faal Prosecuted Alleged November 11th Suspects.    It is often said that "the criminal is often enough not equal to his deed: he extenuates and maligns it". Mr. ESSA MBAI FAAL is the typical extenuating Criminal taking Gambians for granted. Essa Faal's attempt to minimize his role in entrenching Dictatorship and aiding in the abysmal destruction of livelihood is evident of his disrespect and selective treatment of witnesses allegedly involved in the November 11th, 1994 tragic events in the Gambia.    Hypocritically, he allocated one suspect with a plot of land as a showcase or exploitative ploy and denied other witnesses he prosecuted to appear before him at the TRCC hearings. He falsely perverted the concepts of "victim" and "perpetrator" to consolidate his preconceived notions about violations of law

OPINION | Paradigm Shift in The Presidential Voting Criteria

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By Philip Saine T he Gambia Electoral Cycle has reached a climax for the 2021 Presidential Elections. A total number of 962, 157 voters have been registered and citizens are presented with 6 Presidential Candidates namely: Abdoulie Ebrima Jammeh, Abubacarr Ousainou Darboe, Adama Barrow, Essa Mbye Faal, Halifa Sallah, and Mama Kandeh, There would be 1554 Polling Stations and political campaigning is now intense. It was Prof. Lumumba, a reputable African Political Analysts, who opined that elections in Africa are more of a national census, the most populous tribe wins (demographic population distribution is the singular determinant factor). The implication of this statement is that Africans voting criteria is based on tribe or other sectarian motivations. As Gambians there is need to listen to the words of wisdom as admonished by Matthew Jallow, a distinguished Gambian political commentator. ‘Everyone should put their presidential aspirations in the back burner for the purpose of putting

OPINION | D.A Jawo Shares Pertinent Observations on Presidential Elections 2021

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By D. A. Jawo A s we approach the last lap of the campaign for the   December 4 th  presidential elections, it may not be out of place to make a few observations regarding the entire process; from the nominations to the official campaign period. Of course, unlike what used to happen during the Babili Mansa regime, and even during the first republic, there has been some noticeable democratic transformation in this country. However, the credit for that transformation goes to the ordinary Gambians instead of President Adama Barrow, as he and some of his supporters would claim. Indeed, the democratic dispensation that we all had yearned for could only go as far because it can only succeed if it has the proper legal and legislative instruments to back it. Unfortunately, however, the transition government of President Barrow did not show enough commitment to carry out the necessary reforms to give it the flesh that it needed to triumph. We have seen, for instance, how the Draft 2020 Constitu