• ECOWAS court laments non execution of judgment by member states

    28/Jun/2016 // 832 Viewers

     

    The ECOWAS Court has expressed concern over non implementation of its judgment by the members’ states.

    The Vice President of the Court, Justice Micah Wright told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that only three out of 15 member states had put in place mechanism to execute the court’s decision.

    “The court has experienced a couple of hardships or impediments as you say in the dispensation of its work, for example, notably in the execution of the judgment of the court.

    “The court as you know does not have a police and the court does not execute or implement its own decisions, the court depends upon the goodwill of the member states.

    “So, when the court renders a judgment, the court forwards the judgment to the member states and requests the member states to execute or implement that judgment – that is one of the impediments we have.
     
    “Out of the 15 countries, our last information was that only three states had put in place proper mechanisms for the enforcement of judgment by this court, the countries are Nigeria, Guinea and Togo,” he said.

    According to him, those are the only three countries that have mechanisms to receive and implement or execute the decision of the court.

    Wright said that the court was embarking on efforts to get other member states to see the wisdom in complying with the judgment issued by the court.

    The Vice President said that another impediment that the court was facing was insufficient fund for its operation due to non-payment of levy by member states.

    “ The court and by extension the entire community is facing financial difficulties where member states are not paying up the community levy and that is the means of finance for all ECOWAS activities.

    “The court is always at disadvantage when the funds are being distributed. But we have to take more initiatives to impress it upon the commission the mandate of the court is of such that the court is alone.

    “The court cannot source external funding like the commission or like other institutions. We don’t want to compromise our independence and neutrality by going out to seek donor funding.
    “Where the donor will have to dictate to the court the kinds of things they want the court to engage in, we want to maintain our independence and autonomy within the ECOWAS infrastructure,” he said.
    According to him, the court has been lobbying with the commission to ensure that the fund disbursement will be more favourable to the court’s interest.

    He said that another critical challenge the court was facing was inadequate space for office facilities that would give it proper accommodation.

    According to him, at the moment the court has two facilities separated because the space in each one of them is not sufficient to host all the staff members of the court.

    He said that the facilities Nigeria provided as its obligation as the host community in line with the treaty signed was becoming smaller because of the growth in the number of staff.

    “We have observed that over the last 15 years, the staff of the court have outgrown the number of facilities we have already , we are repeating our call to the government of Nigeria to met up to its obligations.

    “It is not a favour, it is a treaty obligation undertaken by Nigeria to host the court and that obligation places the responsibility on Nigeria to provide facilities to whichever institution it hosts.

    “So I must say that this administration has taken one step because a month ago, the management of the court met with the minister of state ministry of foreign affairs and was kind enough to inform us that she would convey the concern of the court to the president.

    “I’m sure that the president will use his good faith to discharge the responsibility of the obligation,” he said.


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  • Liberian girls urged to remain in school in spite of financial pressure

    28/Jun/2016 // 396 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JUNE 28, 2016: (DGW) Disturbed by the rate young Liberian girls drop out of school due to financial pressure, the US First Lady, Michelle Obama has urged young girls in the West Africa country to force themselves to stay in school in spite of all odds.

    Mrs. Obama made the call during her visit to the former American colony in the company of her two daughters Malia and Sasha where she had a meeting with young girls and women for a project tagged (Girls Leading Our World).

    The project is  aimed at boosting active citizenship and was launched in March 2015, DailyGlobeWatch understands.


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  • Tension Mounts, ‘War’ Looms, Deputy Senate President,Ike Ekweremadu Threatens Buhari!

    28/Jun/2016 // 19692 Viewers

     

    Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu has accused the presidency of declaring war on the country’s legislature.

     
    In a statement he personally signed, he said the country’s democracy, which clearly stipulated the separation of powers, was being threatened by the executive arm of government.
     
    He claimed innocence of the crime for which he was being prosecuted, describing it as “grotesque display of vindictiveness.”
     
    While vowing never to submit “to the untamed wishes and caprices of witch-hunters,” he added: ‎“I put my trust in God, the court, and the overwhelming solidarity of the good people of Nigeria. When the dust settles, Nigerians will see clearly that this charge is nothing but meretricious thrash.
     
    “Time, occasions, and provocations like this will teach their own lessons. I hope that one chief lesson will be that democracy differs markedly from military rule and that public officer should never subvert the foundations of democracy by prioritizing the rule of man over the rule of law.” - currentnewsnow
     


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  • GAMBIA: President ADAMA BARROW stuns the world, takes another major action to humiliate exiled leader YAHYA JAMMEH

    28/Mar/2017 // 8660 Viewers

     

    PARIS, MARCH 27, 2017: (DGW) Report reaching our newsroom say President Adama Barrow has taken a bold step to humiliate ex-Gambia leader by reinstating 18 soldiers into the Gambian Army that plotted to overthrow Yahya Jammeh.

    The reports further say out of the eighteen soldiers are six soldiers convicted of plotting a coup against Gambia's exiled leader, a military source confirms.

    Recall, President Barrow reportedly replaced the country’s Chief of Defence Forces (CDS), Ousmane Bargie, with his predecessor, Lt. Gen. Masanneh Kinteh.

    According to reports at our disposal, three other top officers namely Major General Saikou Seckan, Brigadier Generals Alagie Martin and Mamat Cham were reinstated days after the President kicked out four others believed to be loyal to Jammeh.

    Military sources also confirmed that “The military high command has in consultation with President Adama Barrow reinstated Lt Buba Sanneh, Private Modou Njie, Lt Sarjo Jarju, Captain Abdoulie Jobe, Lieutenant Amadou Sowe and Buba Bojang in the army.” 

    Earlier,the above-named six military officers were convicted out of which three were sentenced to death.

    However, their appeals were still pending before at the Gambia's apex court before they were reportedly granted amnesty last month and reinstated by President Adama Barrow. 

    The six men have already begun work, the source disclosed.


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  • Gambia's unique way of voting unveiled, country's electoral umpire says election can't be rigged (Watch video)

    28/Nov/2016 // 1414 Viewers

     

    PARIS, NOVEMBER 28, 2016: (DGW) Gambia’s Independent Electoral Commission demonstrates the country’s unique way of choosing their president, with voters dropping marbles into coloured metal urns.

    The IEC chairman insists the system is ‘second to none’ and cannot be rigged.

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  • Gambia strongman Jammeh eyes fifth term in office

    29/Feb/2016 // 357 Viewers

     

    Banjul (Gambia) (AFP) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who has been in power for 21 years, will run for a fifth term in office when the country holds presidential elections in December, public television said.

     

    Jammeh, a 50-year-old military officer, has ruled this tiny west African country with an iron fist since seizing power in a coup in 1994.

    His candidacy was approved at a meeting of his Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction party on Friday, public television reported late on Saturday.

    The presidential election will take place on December 1 and will be followed by general elections on April 6, 2017.

    Jammeh lashed out at suggestions his term in office should be limited, and pledged to continue serving the people of Gambia.

    The smallest country in mainland Africa, and flanked on both sides by Senegal, the Gambia is frequently criticised for human rights abuses and has a chequered recent diplomatic record.

    "This is a democracy and yet they speak of term limitations. Whichever western head of state or other leader wants to speak about term limitations... let them come to Gambia to talk to me," he railed in reference to criticism by western leaders and rights groups.

    In 2010, the European Union cancelled 22 million euros ($27 million) in budget support because of concerns over human rights and governance issues.

    An impoverished former British colony known for its white-sand beaches, the Gambia has a population of nearly two million, 90 percent of whom are Muslim. Of the remainder, eight percent are Christian and two percent are defined as having indigenous beliefs.

    A former wrestler from a rural background, Jammeh has frequently been the source of diplomatic spats on the international stage.

    He has cultivated the image of a practising Muslim and is often seen holding a Koran or prayer beads, promoting an aura of mysticism.

    He regularly rails against the Gambia's colonial past, blaming it for many of the country's woes and in 2014, he said he would drop English as its official language.

    Opponents say he has become increasingly paranoid, regularly reshuffling his ministers and keeping only a tiny circle of trusted allies close to him


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  • Gambians head to polls December 1 to elect new President amid high tension; opposition calls for a change (Watch video)

    29/Nov/2016 // 1437 Viewers

     

    PARIS, NOVEMBER 29, 2016: (DGW) INFORMATION  available to DailyGlobeWatch says there is palpable tension in the tiny but mighty  West African state of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia as the country heads to the polls to elect a new president.

    Yahya Jameh who came to power via a coup d'etat is slugging it out with the main opposition and does not hope to relinquish his hold on power after over two decades in power, 22 years to be precise making him the longest-serving head of government in the West African sub-region. 

    There is nationwide protest against Jameh's presidency but the leader of the West African state says although he is not the best but he is better than anyone they  have in that country, one of the reasons why he has opted to stay on amid protests for him to step aside.

    Watch video below which was emailed to our Paris newsroom a while ago:




     

     


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  • GAMBIA: Deputy Speaker, Momodou LK Sanneh, calls attention to Nazi-like Concentration Camp' in GAMBIA calls for urgent reform

    30/Apr/2017 // 2281 Viewers

     

    PARIS, APRIL 30, 2017: (DGW) Gambia's Deputy Speaker Momodou LK Sanneh has called attention to what he likens to a Nazi Concentration Camp on Friday last week and called for urgent prison reform.

    He raised the alarm while contributing to adjournment debate while calling attention to the dehumanising condition of the country's Central Prisons located at Mile 11 area of the Gambian capital of Banjul.

    According to him, "Experience is the best teacher, I have seen the state of the Prison condition during my time of being there, and there is an urgent need for a total reform of the prisons."

    Hon Sanneh said that no fewer than 15 suspects are locked up in a cell with no legroom a condition which he says is not injurious to health.

    Also decried by the Honourable Deputy Speaker is the poor services such as poor medical services, water, food and poor sanitation which are capable of impairing one's health.

    Against this background the Deputy Speaker deemed urgent prisons reform absolutely necessary in throughout the country to uphold Human Rights.


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  • JAMMEH must handover or face wrath of the people - Hon HAMAT N.K. BAH warns, tells Int. Community in ABUJA, on Thursday

    30/Dec/2016 // 3756 Viewers

     

    PARIS, DECEMBER 30, 2016: (DGW) The coalition of opposition parties in The Gambia has vowed that President Yahya Jammeh must hand over to the President-elect, Adama Barrow, on January 19, 2017 or face the wrath of the people.

    Speaking to journalists in Abuja yesterday, one of the opposition leaders, Hon Hamat N.K. Bah, said in spite of everything, the opposition was confident that President Jammeh would not do anything that would put The Gambia in flames.

    He was in Abuja for last-minute consultations with Nigerian and other ECOWAS leader for Jammeh's violent removal if diplomacy fails, our source revealed.

    According to him, The Gambia is a peaceful country that depends mainly on tourism, hence it will be in the overall interest of the people that the country’s political crisis is not allowed to undermine its corporate existence.
     
    “President Yahya Jammeh should respect the will of the people and concede defeat like he did earlier, in order to avoid any act capable of undermining a peaceful transition.

    “Our focus is to take over power and move The Gambia forward. The people voted for a change and we want to make that change a reality in their lives. We are not interested in living in the past; we want to build a Gambia of the future and not the past. We are confident the president will not do anything that will put The Gambia in flames. It is not in the overall interest of the country and people,” Bah said.


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  • Gambian soldiers vacate election HQ, Banjul mayor backs Barrow

    30/Dec/2016 // 4650 Viewers

     

    (africanews.EN) The offices of Gambia’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has been vacated by the military who sacked workers and took over the premises on December 13.

    The seizure which was roundly condemned by the international community came only four days after President Yahya Jammeh announced that the December 1 polls hand to be rerun as a result of irregularities.

    A government decree stated that all staff of the IEC could return to post immediately and that the reason for the closure was because of an imminent security threat, specifically that the building was going to be burnt down. ‘‘Now that the threat has abated, the IEC head office will reopen,’‘ it said.

    The government also said it was aware of fake news outlets spreading bad information about the Gambia. It assured all citizens home and abroad that there was no cause for worry and people should go about their daily businesses in the normal way.

    President Jammeh lost the presidential polls to less-known Adama Barrow. He conceded defeat before reversing his decision. Barrow’s camp have said they are going ahead with plans for his inauguration even though the country’s Supreme Court has also scheduled January 10, 2017 for an election petition hearing.

    Mayor of capital, Banjul; supports president-elect Adama Barrow

    Meanwhile the mayor of the Gambian capital, Banjul, Abdoulie Bah, has stated that the president-elect Barrow is the choice of the people affirming his support for the property developer who defeated Jammeh at the polls.

    ‘‘We want a healthy environment to see that there is peace within The Gambia… And we advise each and every Gambian to understand that it is only peace which is going to prevail as far as we are concerned. This is the main message that brought me here,” Bah told the press after meeting with Barrow.

    Bah is an independent candidate who has been mayor of the capital since 2013 after beating the ruling party’s candidate. While praying for peaceful transfer of executive power, he said the capital will respect the people’s choice which he added was the choice of God.

    Jammeh lost in Banjul in the December 1 polls, official results from the IEC indicated that Adama Barrow beat Jammeh after he took nearly 50 percent of the vote in Banjul’s three constituencies. Jammeh had 43 percent whiles the third candidate Mama Kandeh got 7.6 percent. - africanews.EN


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