• BUHARI, MAHAMA, others to storm GAMBIA today for serious talks with JAMMEH to hand over power to BARROW

    13/Dec/2016 // 4301 Viewers

     


    President Muhammadu Buhari is visiting The Gambia today. But this is no ceremonial trip. Buhari along with three other West African leaders will be in Banjul, the capital, to tell President Yahya Jammeh to “leave office” following his defeat in the December 1 general election.

    A source disclosed last night that an advance team had left Abuja for Banjul. With Buhari on the trip are Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) chair and Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sierra Leone leader Ernest Bai Koroma and outgoing Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama.

    “These leaders will ask him to leave office,” a source said yesterday.
    Senegalese Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye said an ECOWAS delegation was due in Banjul last week but Jammeh did not allow them to visit.

    In a U-turn at the weekend, the temperamental Jammeh, who has ruled The Gambia with an iron fist for 22 years, rejected his stunning electoral defeat to opposition candidate Adama Barrow.

    Barrow is due to welcome the ECOWAS delegation, which will also include United Nations (UN) representatives, which the president-elect said gave him hope that he would soon take power.

    Mrs Sirleaf said at the weekend that the reversal of Jammeh’s decision “threatened peace”.

    She asked him  to “do the right thing and take actions to facilitate a smooth and peaceful transition in The Gambia.”

    Barrow is quoted by French news agency (AFP) as saying: It’s giving us confidence and it will give confidence to every Gambian that the world is concerned about Gambia.”

    Barrow rejected Jammeh’s decision to challenge the result in the Supreme Court, saying:

    “We don’t have time to fight again. The Supreme Court wasn’t existing in the last one year. There are a pile of cases that are waiting… but he doesn’t care about it.

    “I think he should step down now. He has lost the election, we don’t want to waste time, we want this country to start moving.”
    The coalition led by Barrow also called on Jammeh to step down immediately and hand over power.

    The coalition said in the statement that the president had no constitutional authority in his final days in office to name new Supreme Court judges to hear his petition.

    The visiting leader will also meet with Barrow, it was learnt.
    According to the electoral commission Barrow won 222,708 votes (43.3%) to Jammeh’s 208,487 (39.6%). A third-party candidate, Mama Kandeh, won 89,768 (17.1%).

    Mrs Sirleaf said The Gambia could be plunged into violence by the president’s decision to reject election results in which he was defeated.

    ECOWAS head Marcel Alain de Souza said President Yahya Jammeh must respect The Gambian people’s choice, describing his U-turn as shameful.
    Jammeh, who conceded victory to property developer Barrow immediately after the election, changed his mind on Saturday. He alleged that the poll was marred by irregularities and demanded a new vote organised by a “God-fearing” electoral commission.
    The Islamic Republic of The Gambia, is a country in West Africa mostly surrounded by Senegal with a short strip of its coastline bordered on the Atlantic Ocean at its western end. It is the smallest country in mainland Africa.

    The Gambia is situated on either side of the Gambia River, the nation’s namesake, which flows through the centre of the Gambia and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Its area is 10,689 square kilometres (4,127 sq mi) with a population of 1,882,450 at the 15 April 2013 census (provisional). Banjul is the Gambian capital, and the largest cities are Serekunda and Brikama.

    The Gambia shares historical roots with many other West African nations in the slave trade, which was the key factor in the placing and keeping of a colony on the Gambia River, first by the Portuguese, during which era it was known as A Gâmbia.

    On 18 February 1965, The Gambia gained independence from the United Kingdom. Since then, the Gambia has had two leaders: Dawda Jawara, who ruled from 1970 until 1994, and Jammeh, who seized power in a coup that year as a young army officer.

    The Gambia’s economy is dominated by farming, fishing, and especially tourism. About a third of the population lives below the international poverty line of US$1.25 per day.


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  • No deal reached as JAMMEH humiliates BUHARI, other West African leaders in Banjul

    13/Dec/2016 // 75403 Viewers

     

     PARIS, DECEMBER 13, 2016: (DGW) President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria together with other West African leaders who departed for Banjul to hold talks with President Jammeh for a handover of power were on Tuesday humiliated as no deal was reportedly reached to make him rescind his decision, DailyGlobeWatch reliably gathered.

    The mediation delegation to The Islamic Republic of Gambia on behalf of the West African ECOWAS bloc failed to end  the looming  political crisis in the West African state as President Yayah Jammeh reportedly stood his  ground calling for fresh poll alleging that the previous one was marred by gross irregularities.

    "It is not time for a deal. It is not something that can happen in one day. It is something we have to work on," Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel peace laureate said after a round of meetings that included talks with incumbent president Yahya Jammeh and president-elect Adama Barrow.

    A source privy to the talks revealed exclusively to our reporter that ''Buhari ought to have put his house in order before coming to the Gambia calling to mind the irregularities that trailed 2015 federal elections in Nigeria that brought him to power.

    His words: President Buhari as one of the mediators annoys us, Gambia is not Nigeria, we have always conducted elections in our country devoid of irregularities. We are not unaware of the huge electoral fraud in Nigeria on whose back he rode to power, let him put his house in order before teaching us to suck eggs.''


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  • JUST IN: NIGERIAN ARMY denies plans to invade THE GAMBIA

    13/Jan/2017 // 2276 Viewers

    Brigadier Sani Usman, Director Army Public Relations, Nigerian Army

     

    The Nigerian Army has denied an online report that it is planning to attack The Gambia, in order to remove the country’s President Yaya Jammeh from office.

    The denial is contained in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, the Director, Army Public Relations.

    “For the avoidance of doubt, Nigerian Army is not planning to attack any country.

    “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a publication by Premium Times online news medium titled “EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria raises troops for Gambia, ready to remove Yahya Jammeh”.

    “This is not true.

    “Consequently, Nigerian Army wishes to disassociate itself from such false information that exists only in the figment of the imagination of the medium.

    “It should be noted that such reckless and unprofessional conduct is not expected of any reputable and responsible news medium as it is inimical to national security,” Usman said.

    He said that at “no time or place Nigerian Army disclosed such information to the medium. If there is any, we challenge them to name the officer or soldier that gave them such information and when.”

    The army spokesman noted that the publication apart from being false in its entirety, was unethical and capable of endangering the lives of Nigerians in diaspora.

    “The medium is please requested to always clarify such matters affecting national security and diplomatic issues that may endanger the safety and security of Nigerians abroad to avoid such misleading and embarrassing publication.”


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  • JUST IN: Again, BUHARI departs ABUJA today for BANJUL to beg JAMMEH

    13/Jan/2017 // 13398 Viewers

     

    President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to Banjul, the capital of The Gambia and Bamako, the Malian capital from January 13 to 14, 2017.

    The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement today.

    According to Adesina, in Banjul, Buhari, as the mediator in The Gambia, is scheduled to meet with President Yahya Jammeh and President-elect Adama Barrow to continue dialogue on the political situation in the West African country.

    He said Buhari would be joined by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia and Chairperson of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, President Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone and the immediate past President of Ghana John Mahama who is the co-meditator of The Gambian mission. 

    The presidential spokesman said later on January 13, Buhari would travel to Bamako, Mali, to participate in the 27th Africa–France Summit for Partnership, Peace and Emergence convened by French President Francois Hollande.

    He said the summit is aimed at strengthening cooperation between France and African countries in the areas of peace and security, economic partnership and development.

    Adesina stated: Recognising the role played by France in the successes so far recorded in the implementation of the regional initiative against terrorism, President Buhari will reaffirm Nigeria’s commitment to global efforts on the war against terror and underline the need for improved collaboration to address the menace of terrorism in the region.

    "President Buhari will use the opportunity of the summit to underscore the efforts government is making to improve Nigeria's business environment to attract more foreign direct investment.

    "The president will be accompanied by Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Defence."

     


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  • : JAMMEH has no reason to seek asylum anywhere, I'll not witch-hunt him - Gambia poll winner, ADAMA BARROW, tells all

    13/Jan/2017 // 1481 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 13, 2016: (DGW) Gambia's presidential poll winner, Adama Barrow, said out-going President Jammeh has no reason to seek asylum in Nigeria or elsewhere saying he will not harass or witch-hunt him for any reason, BBC has reported.

    He said aslo that he believes direct talks can resolve the lingering crisis and expressed confidence that he will be sworn in come January 19, 2017 despite Jammeh refusal to relinquish his hold on power.

    Meanwhile, Nigeria's leader, President Muhammadu Buhari has flown to Banjul to try and broker an end to the deadlock.

    His MPs have voted to offer Mr Jammeh asylum to help negotiations.

    Mr Jammeh's term officially ends next Wednesday, but he wants the results annulled after the electoral commission changed some - though it insists this did not affect the final outcome.


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  • U.N. labour agency urges Gambia to investigate union leader's death

    13/Mar/2016 // 321 Viewers

     

    - The head of the United Nations labour agency ILO has urged Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh to investigate the death of a trade union leader allegedly killed by intelligence agents, a spokesman for the agency said on Thursday.

    Rights group accuse Gambian authorities of multiple violations, although Banjul denies a deterioration of civil liberties under Jammeh, one of Africa's "big men" who has been in power for two decades and will seek re-election this year.

    Sheriff Diba fell foul of authorities in the tiny West African country after his union lobbied Jammeh for a reduction in retail fuel prices, according to the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) which represents him.

    He was arrested last month and died on February 21 in Mile 2 prison after being beaten and tortured by members of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), the ITF said, citing local sources who wished to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals.

    "The ILO director-general (Guy Ryder) has expressed his deep concern urging the government to carry out an independent inquiry into the circumstances of Sheriff Diba's tragic death," International Labour Organisation spokesman Hans von Rohland said in an email to Reuters.

    Gambia's Information Minister Sheriff Bojang was not immediately available for comment on Thursday. Officials have previously said Diba died of malaria.

    Amnesty International echoed the ILO's call for an investigation into Diba's death and for Gambia to uphold freedom of association. Diba's union the Gambian National Transport Control Association has been dissolved by presidential order, according to the ITF.

    ITF officials say they are also considering filing a complaint against Gambia with the Banjul-based African Commission on Human and People's Rights or with the U.N. Human Rights Committee over the incident.

    Separately, rights groups this week called for Gambia to free a sick journalist whom they say was arrested by the NIA in July 2015 and charged with sedition.

    Alagie Abdoulie Ceesay is currently held in the Mile 2 Prison where Diba was also detained.

    U.N. rights officers were denied access to its security wing in 2014 while former prisoners have complained of a lack of access to medicine and lawyers.


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  • JUST IN: JAMMEH to be dethroned by military action if negotiation fails - Marcel de Souza, President ECOWAS Commission

    14/Dec/2016 // 3967 Viewers

     

    PARIS, DECEMBER 14, 2016: (DGW) REPORTS reaching our Paris news desk say, President yahya Jammeh of the Islamic Republic of Gambia may face military action to remove him by force if peace talks to make him see reason and hand over power fail.

    The disclosure was made by Marcel de Souza, President of the ECOWAS Commission while speaking to Radio France International monitored here in the French capital of Paris.

    According to him, sending troops was “a conceivable solution” if negotiation fails.

    However , DailyGlobeWatch exclusively gathered Gambia’s president officially has 60 days to hand over power but  Jammeh’s party intends to challenge the results at the Supreme Court.

    “That would put the international community in a strange position and reduce available options,” a diplomat said.


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  • Finally, JAMMEH ridicules BUHARI, others as his party goes ahead, challenges election result in court after visit

    14/Dec/2016 // 5224 Viewers

     

    The party of Yahya Jammeh, president of Gambia, on Tuesday filed a petition at the supreme court to challenge his defeat in the December 1 election, as West African leaders failed to reach a deal that would see him accept the poll result and end a festering political crisis.

    The result of the December 1 polls should be annulled, the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) said in a document handed to the registrar of the supreme court in the capital, Banjul.

    The petition was filed after an African Union (AU) delegation met with Jammeh, hoping to persuade him to hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow.

    Earlier on Tuesday, security forces blocked the entrance to the electoral commission in Banjul, while the chief of defence staff vowed to remain loyal to Jammeh, indicating that the country’s military would help him stay in power.

    Last week, Jammeh announced his intention to challenge the election results, even though he had earlier conceded the election to Barrow.

    The 51-year-old, who has ruled the West African country for 22 years, deployed heavily-armed military and police to the streets of the capital.


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  • Breaking: Gambia's ambassador to the US resigns, pledges allegiance to Adama Barrow

    14/Dec/2016 // 2026 Viewers

     

    PARIS, DECEMBER 14, 2016: (DGW) REPORTS  reaching our newsroom say the Gambian Ambassador to the US, Sheikh Omar Faye, has tendered his resignation letter over the what he described as humiliating stance' taken by President Yayah Jammeh.

    This is in sharp protest to Jammeh's refusal to accept the will of the people by consolidating his hold on power having earlier conceded defeat to his opponent Adama Barrow.

    However, his stance is increasing attracting international condemnation by world leaders who urge him to hand over power to the duly elected President-elect. 

    Below is the copy of the letter emailed to our Paris newsroom a while ago:

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  • Ban on uncovered hair lifted by President Yahya Jammeh

    14/Jan/2016 // 491 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 14, 2016. (DGW) - President Yahya Jammeh of the Islamic Republic of Gambia has annulled a decree banning all female government workers to cover their hair while at work.

    The president came under fire by opposition groups for imposing the ban barely after he declared the country Islamic Republic but unavoidably had to lift the ban, our sources say because it made the  majority of the women and his best friends in the country unhappy. 

    He had imposed the ban in line with the nation's new religious identity and values which did not go down well with his sisters and of course  fast friends, our source revealed.

    What probably informed the president's desire as a devout Muslim to introduce the ban is not unconnected with the fact that about 90% of Gambians are Muslims and he has issued the decree making all women to have their heads covered while in public as enjoined by Islam.

     

     


     


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