• 'Cheap propaganda' behind Ghana missing cars claim - BBC

    12/Feb/2017 // 230 Viewers

    The NDC says 641 cars were accounted for with the transition team

     

    The party of Ghana’s former President John Mahama has denied it is responsible for the alleged disappearance of more than 200 cars which the new government has said are missing from the presidency.

    In a statement, the NDC said the allegations were “false, baseless and without merit”.

    The party also accused the new administration of President Nana Akufo-Addo of trying to “demonise members of the previous administration for cheap partisan propaganda purposes”.

    As part of the transition process, both the incoming government’s assets and logistics committees were given a list of all vehicles at the presidency, the NDC statement said.

    A total of 641 vehicles were listed and properly accounted for, it added.

    A list was attached to the NDC statement giving each vehicle’s make, registration number, chassis number and condition.

    Mr Akufo-Addo defeated Mr Mahama in elections held at the beginning of December.

     


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  • Finally, JAMMEH shocks the world ahead of ADAMA BARROW's inauguration on JANUARY 19

    12/Jan/2017 // 8149 Viewers

     

    Gambia’s outgoing President Yayah Jammeh will not step down when his mandate ends on January 18 in spite of his electoral defeat. This was revealed by the Gambian Ministry of Information on Thursday.

    The autocrat, who ruled the small West African nation for 22 years, will remain in office until the Supreme Court decides on a petition filed by Jammeh.

    According to the statement, Jammeh is challenging the result of the December 1 presidential election.

    President-elect. Adama Barrow, a former real estate agent, who was little known before he announced his candidacy, meanwhile reiterated he is planning to take office on January 19, as scheduled.

    Earlier, Gambia’s current dysfunctional Supreme Court adjourned hearing Jammeh’s petition till January 16 since only one of a required minimum of five judges was present.

    Experts, however, believe it will be highly unlikely that four additional judges will be present on Monday.

    This is because the Supreme Court has not been operational since Jammeh fired several of the court’s judges in mid-2016.

    All other eligible Court of Appeal judges left the country after the December election.

    However, observers fear that delays to the planned handover of power could lead to violence.


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  • 'Silent crisis' in Boko Haram-hit Cameroon: UN

    12/Jun/2016 // 510 Viewers

     

    A wounded woman is evacuated by rescuers after suicide attacks in January 2016 in the border city of Kerawa, northern Cameroon, in a region targeted by Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists (AFP Photo/)

    Geneva (AFP) - Unabated attacks by Boko Haram in Cameroon have sparked soaring food insecurity and driven 190,000 people from their homes, creating fertile ground for recruitment by the jihadists, the UN warned.

    Nigeria-based Boko Haram fighters have in recent months carried out fewer spectacular attacks and suicide bombings in neighbouring Cameroon.

    But the UN humanitarian coordinator for the country Najat Rochdi said the jihadists were attacking villages and burning homes and fields across northern Cameroon on a daily basis.

    "The impact of the violence by Boko Haram is not over, and we have to remain vigilant," she told AFP this week.

    While the current attacks are less eye-catching, they have a more devastating effect, Rochdi said.

    She said that in the last six months alone, the number of Cameroonians displaced within their own country had jumped from 60,000 to 190,000.

    In addition, Cameroon is hosting 60,000 refugees from Nigeria and another 312,000 from the Central African Republic, amounting to more than 500,000 displaced people in all.

    The number at risk of going hungry, she said, has meanwhile soared from 900,000 to 2.4 million since January, as Boko Haram fighters have continued to attack fields and food supply routes.

    "It is a kind of silent crisis, which is really the danger," Rochdi said, warning that if humanitarian needs are not addressed in Cameroon, "we will see a radicalisation" of young people in the country.

    "If people are not left with some hope, the only alternative for them is Boko Haram," she cautioned.

    She said the problem was communicating what truly is at stake to international donors, with only 30 percent of the requested $280 million (248-million-euro) humanitarian aid budget for Cameroon this year funded so far.

    "The gap in terms of humanitarian assistance is just dramatic," she said, insisting that providing desperately need assistance in the country was not just about saving lives.

    "It is also about making sure that there is no fertile ground for recruitment by Boko Haram."

    Boko Haram's insurgency is one of the world's most brutal conflicts, leaving at least 20,000 people dead since it began in 2009, with more than 2.6 million others displaced.

    A multinational force from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Benin and Cameroon has since last year significantly weakened the group but have been unable to vanquish the Islamists entirely.

    Rochdi acknowledged that Boko Haram had been more successful in recruiting inside Cameroon last year, but said that could quickly change.

    Some 250 children recruited or abducted by Boko Haram have meanwhile managed to escape over the past nine months or so, she said, adding most of them were "in very bad shape".

    "Some of them were little girls who came with their babies. They were raped every day," she said.

     


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  • GAMBIA: IMF Staff Concludes Visit to The Gambia

    13/Apr/2017 // 591 Viewers

     

    An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission, led by Mr. Ulrich Jacoby, visited Banjul from March 30 to April 12, 2017. The mission assessed the impact of exogenous shocks that have hit the Gambian economy recently and initiated discussions on providing IMF support through a Rapid Credit Facility (RCF). [1]The mission also discussed with the Gambian authorities’ plans to support economic policy implementation and the possibility of establishing a Staff Monitored Program (SMP).[2] These discussions will continue in Washington next week.

    At the end of the mission, Mr. Jacoby issued the following statement:

    “With the transition to a new, democratically-elected government, The Gambia is at a historical turning point. Significant economic challenges lie ahead. Economic growth in 2016 is now estimated to have reached only 2.2 percent, down from 4.3 percent in 2015, due to limited availability of foreign exchange, weak agricultural output and the effect of the political impasse on tourism during high season. Headline annual inflation stands at 8.8 percent in February 2017, driven by higher food prices and the recent depreciation of the dalasi which increases the domestic price of imported goods. The situation is compounded by economic mismanagement and massive embezzlement of funds during the previous regime.

    “Addressing the effects of these shocks and restoring economic stability will require concerted policy efforts as well as support from the international community. The key priority is to bring public spending in line with available resources, thereby drastically reducing domestic borrowing and interest cost. Efforts need to include reforms of public enterprises, including the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) and the National Telecom and Mobile Operators (GAMTEL/GAMCEL) to place them on a sound financial footing and limit their drain on the state budget.

    “The international community has been quick to reengage with The Gambia, and development partners have indicated that substantial financial support may be forthcoming. Such financial support will assist The Gambia in its reforms, but will need to be accompanied by significant domestic efforts to ensure a return to economic growth and stability.

    “The mission met with President Adama Barrow, Minister of Finance Amadou Sanneh, Central Bank Governor Amadou Colley, other government officials, development partners, and representatives of the private sector and civil society.

    “The mission thanks the authorities for their openness, excellent cooperation and cordial hospitality, and looks forward to close cooperation in the period ahead.” 

    Credit: Distributed by APO on behalf of International Monetary Fund (IMF).


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

    13/Dec/2016 // 4425 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 // 75680 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 // 2344 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 // 13480 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 // 1595 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 // 374 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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