When the then little-known Talib Bensouda was catapulted to the powerful position of KMC Mayor in 2018, following a closely fought mayoral election, his capability to run the country’s largest sprawling urban area was questioned, owing to his political inexperience and young age.
One year on, the 33-year-old Mayor of the nation’s most important municipality has proven his worth on the merits of his outstanding achievements. Bensouda is today a household name in the Gambia.
Although Bensouda was elected on UDP’s ticket he is said to be comfortable dealing with all development-oriented and like-minded people regardless of their political affiliation.
Thanks to his inclusive approach, and extraordinary ability to work across the political spectrum, the Kanifing Municipal Council, which was allegedly used as a political bureau under the former regime, is witnessing unprecedented rapid progress, across the board.
Recently Bensouda inaugurated the Mbalit Project which is a historic and innovative municipal waste management initiative between KM ward development committees and Espace Motors facilitated by the Kanifing Municipal Council…The project will provide waste collection trucks to 19 wards.
Also a few days ago, the Mayor officially opened the Newly Built Serekunda market shed that will house 330 vendors.
The Mayor is setting a good example for the country’s young people that the future of the nation lies in their hands. They are creative, innovative and bold enough to do what it takes to move the country forward.
It’s high time that veteran politicians took a back seat and give the younger generation the opportunity to assume leadership and effect the desired change through their out-of-the-box thinking.
Rumours abound that Bensouda is being groomed to lead UDP. If these reports are anything to go by, the decision will go down the annals of Gambia’s modern history.
Gen. Martin versus Counsel Faal
Counsel Faal must do better next time if Alhagie Martin is coming back to the TRRC.
Faal is jumping from here to there confusing Alhagie Martin, who was answering questions correctly as he should.
On far too many occasions, Faal interrupted to change the track of questioning, because he didn’t like Alhagie Martin’s answers.
I don’t know how much preparation Mr Faal put in his research of Alhagie Martin, but this one looked like a mess.
Counsel Faal, Martin was doing fine, you were the one who was confusing the interview.