Category: Opinion

Pitted against dictatorship in every country are a small number of that country’s citizens. It is not only that this small number is opposed to all that dictatorship represents in a country, especially its blatant political injustices. Rather, it is that this small number of citizens whom we may call “the critical minority” loudly and…

In the first place one has to applaud the Minister of Finance Amadou Sanneh for holding a press conference to tell Gambians the state of our public funds. I just hope that this practice would continue. The Barrow Administration must realize that effective communication is an indispensable tool that all modern democratic states utilize in…

“I studied three areas in my education “people, money and countries”. I am a graduate of Economics, Diplomacy & International Relations, and Public Administration. Regardless of my education in these areas, I am yet to fully understand “people, money and countries”. Unlike other things, people, money and countries change. People change attitudes; money fluctuates, and…

Mr. President, I must first and foremost express heartfelt congratulations to all Gambians for the new page we have opened in our strive to build a modern and prosperous nation, anchored on the principles of democracy, the rule of law and respect for fundamental human rights and liberties. This is a collective duty we have…

Alhaji Alieu Momarr Njai is the chairman of the Gambia Independent Electoral Commission. The former Scout commissioner and mayor of Kanifing municipality gained local and international fame and repute for standing up against former President Yahya Jammeh’s decision to annul the presidential results and subvert the will of the Gambian people as demonstrated in the…

The Story of Gambia’s Independence

Culled from Kairaba, the autobiography of The Gambia’s first president On 23 July 1964, representatives of government, political parties, chiefs and members of civil society assembled at Marlborough House, London, for the Gambia’s Independence Conference. I sat across the table from Secretary of State for the Colonies – The Right Honourable Duncan Sandys and negotiated…

Not politics as usual

One of the reasons Yahya Jammeh lost the December 1st 2016 elections is that he misread the Gambian political situation. Like all dictators, he fell from power when he least expected it because he had been shielded from the reality of Gambian political culture for too long. He did not see that his repressive practices…