Category: Opinion

The Banjul mayoral election and derogation of  competitors: Lizzie Eunson Vs Rohey Malick Lowe

By Haddy Njie Raleigh North Carolina Many Gambians have considered the victory of one of the two female candidates in the Banjul mayoral election as a breakthrough in the advancement of Gambian women in the country’s political history. Lizzie’s congratulatory message to Rohey soberly emphasized the significance of their presence as females in the scenes…

Correcting the history on Independence;February 18 is NOT our Independence Day!

By Madi Jobarteh In December 2009 Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara published his autobiography ‘Kairaba’. In Chapter 21 – ‘Forging ahead to greater things,’ Sir Dawda hinted that indeed the Gambia was not independent on 18 February 1965, rather, as he acknowledges, “while we had a democratically elected parliament and government since independence (1965), formal power…

Maelstrom of mobile phone mast in the Gambia and  the need for environmental planning regulation

By Abdoukarim Sanneh, London, United Kingdom We love our mobile phones and according to GSMA Intelligence report, 2015 mobile industry in Sub Saharan Africa continues to scale rapidly, reaching 367 million subscribers. Deloitte and the GSM Associations in their econometric modelling studies on the availability and use of mobile phone service indicated that Mobile Phone…

Without repealing the Indemnity Act, Barrow  government would be protecting perpetrators!

By Madi Jobarteh Tuesday marked 18 years when 16 Gambian children and a Red Cross volunteer were gunned to death by the security forces of the Gambia on the orders of the civilian authorities of the time led by Yahya Jammeh. The only reason why there has not been any form of justice for that…

Gambia and the need for local government  reforms, decentralisation and local democracy

By Abdoukarim Sanneh, London With Gambia preparing for Local Government Election much what should be done before the election is consultation for Local Government reform bills. The current organisation of Gambia’s 7 Local Government authorities is very primitive and archaic. This is because the recent government is not ready to devolved power to the regions.…