• GAMBIA: Finally, JAMMEH faces imminent arrest, trial at ICJ over pressures to probe his reign of terror

    01/May/2017 // 13471 Viewers

     

    PARIS, MAY 1, 2017: (DGW) Gambia's exiled leader may have murdered sleep and may not find sleep anymore as Gambia's authorities have come under intense pressure to indict him for crimes against humanity while he ruled the country.

    Many of his victims' friends, families and non-relatives alike have seen the compelling need to dig deep into Jammeh's reign of terror with a view to bringing him to justice.

    That is to say, Jammeh faces imminent arrest and may be whisked away by the international police if indicted to face trials in the International Criminal Court in the The Hague in The Netherlands.

    A report released recently,last month to be precise which is in possession of DailyGlobeWatch here in the French capital of Paris,an international Human Rights watch has called for urgent investigations and arrest of all Jammeh's secret agents that carried out the dictator's bidding by carrying out summary executions and other extra-judicial killings during the 22-year Jammeh rule.

    “Fair trials are crucial for victims and their families and for building respect for the rule of law in the country.” said Human Rights Watch.

    Responding, the country's new leader President Adama Barrow, according to reports, has vowed to set up truth and reconciliation commission in the quest for peace and justice to right the wrongs of the past under his predecessor.

    One of such voice is an old woman Aja Yassin Jobe whose son Cpt Njaga a serving officer in the Gambian army was killed in December recalls with deep pain how her grandson was struck by a flying bullet some 17 years ago during students' demonstration against the authorities.

    Reacting she said, “Those behind this act should face justice. Yahya Jammeh cannot go scot-free.” 


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  • GAMBIA: President ADAMA BARROW poised to move GAMBIA forward, takes major step to woo foreign investors, turns to gulf states

    01/May/2017 // 1355 Viewers

     

    PARIS, MAY 1, 2017: (DGW) In a major step to move Gambia forward, President Adama Barrow has taken a major step to woo foreign investors by ordering the re-opening of its Qatar embassy that was closed by former President Yahya Jammeh.

    According to information available to DilyGlobewatch, the embassy would become operational within five months Foreign minister Ousainou Darboe told newsmen in the Gambian capital of Banjul.

    Qatar, according to the Foreign Minister is held in high esteem by President Adama Barrow which informed his interest and desire to revive the bilateral relations between the two countries.

    Speaking further, the Foreign Minister, Mr Darboe,   said Qatar enjoys and occupies a pride of place not only in the gulf but through the Middle East which informed his country's resolve to strengthen bilateral relations.

    He said, “Unfortunately, the previous regime closed the embassy of Gambia in Qatar and now we want to reopen it and I have informed Qatar’s Foreign Minister about it. Qatar has welcomed the move.” 

    To woo investor and make Gambia business friendly, the minister unfolded and announced plans for tax exemptions among others to Qatari investors and urged them to avail themselves of this package.

    “Both countries have already a treaty to avoid double taxation, which is operational, therefore Qataris should invest in Gambia,” he said, noting the West African state has a lot of potential for agriculture.

    “After the opening o the embassy, things will be on fast-track,” Mr Darboe said.


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  • GAMBIA: World in deep shock as members of former special military unit desert JAMMEH, open another can of worms

    02/Apr/2017 // 20710 Viewers

     

     

    PARIS, APRIL 2, 2017: (DGW) MEMBERS of the former special military unit of exiled Yahya Jammeh known for summarily carrying out executions have provided   useful information that has led to the discovery of the bodies of three accused coup conspirators of the December 2014 coup attempt against the former Gambian leader.
    Police sources revealed on Saturday that the bodies of Colonel Lamin Sanneh, Alagie Nyass and Njaga Jagne who were killed in the December 2014 coup attempt had been discovered while the circumstances surrounding their death had not clearly established.
     
    According to a senior Gambian official who made the disclosure on condition of anonymity, “The remains of Colonel Lamin Sanneh, Njaga Jagne and Alagie Nyass were exhumed Friday at a military shooting range in Tintinto, near Kanilai, the birthplace of President Jammeh.”
     
    “Investigators were taken to the scene by members of the Junglers and the remains of the victims were exhumed in the presence of the police, the army and family members,” the official added.
     
    Recall, the exiled former Gambian leader Yahaya Jammeh while in power always refused to respond or heed repeated requests by the international community for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the above-named.
     
     


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  • JUST IN: Jammeh 'dethroned' in hotly contested poll as Gambians celebrate Barrow 'victory' - BBC reports

    02/Dec/2016 // 673 Viewers

     

    PARIS, DECEMBER 2, 2016: (DGW) GAMBIANS have taken to the streets celebrating in the belief that the opposition candidate , Adama Barrow , may have defeated longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh in the country's hotly contested  presidential election, The BBC has reported.

    BBC, further, reports that Mr. Barrow maintains an early lead with more than half of the results released by the country's electoral commission.

    Watch Gambians celebrating in the  video footage below:



    Video: Courtesy of BBC

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  • Final results - Jammeh dethroned after 22 years , Barrow declared winner

    02/Dec/2016 // 856 Viewers

     

    The head of The Gambia's electoral commission has declared opposition candidate Adama Barrow as the winner of the 2016 presidential election.

    The results were:

    Adama Barrow - 263,515 votes

    Yahya Jammeh - 212,099 votes


    The Gambia’s autocratic president, Yahya Jammeh, who once claimed a “billion-year” mandate to rule, has agreed to concede defeat after a shock election loss to a real-estate developer.

    Jammeh has ruled the tiny west African nation for more than two decades. If he goes ahead with a peaceful handover of power, challenger Adama Barrow will become its third head of state since independence in 1962.

    The head of the Gambia’s electoral commission, Alieu Momarr Njai, said Jammeh would concede on Friday. A video of his speech has already been recorded and is being edited, sources told the Guardian.

    It was “very unique” that Jammeh would accept defeat after controlling the Gambia for so long, Njai said

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  • Dog that killed Barrow's son 'is put down' - BBC reports

    02/Feb/2017 // 2979 Viewers

     

    A dog that killed the son of Gambian President Adama Barrow has been put down, an agriculture ministry source has told AFP news agency.

    "We concluded that it was not wise to allow this dog to continue roaming in the streets. We carried out some test and realised that the dog is not infected with rabies," the anonymous source said.

    Eight-year-old Habibu Barrow is reported to have died on the way to hospital in Manjai near the Gambian capital, Banjul.  

    Mr Barrow won the presidential election last year but then incumbent President Yahya Jammeh refused to hand over power.

    Mr Jammeh eventually left The Gambia after regional powers said they were prepared to remove him by force, if necessary.

    Mr Barrow missed his son's funeral because he was advised to remain in Senegal for his safety at the time. -  (BBC)


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  • WATCH VIDEO: Yahya Jammeh 21/01/2017, Important message to Gambians after ouster

    02/Feb/2017 // 6537 Viewers

     

    PARIS, FEBRUARY 2, 2017: (DGW) After a lengthy political imbroglio, longstanding Gambian ruler handed over to the opposition candidate and now President of the Republic of The Gambia, Adama Barrow. Below is a narrative of events that eventually led to his historic ouster.

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  • Again, JAMMEH reappears, spits fire, says ECOWAS declaration of war an insults, vows to stay on, disgrace BUHARI, others

    02/Jan/2017 // 3254 Viewers

     

    Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh, has accused West African regional body, ECOWAS, of declaring war against his country for refusal to step down at the end of his mandate this month.

    Jammeh, who accused ECOWAS of putting forces on alert in case he refused to step down, has vowed to stay in power despite losing a Dec. 1 election to rival Adama Barrow.

    He also promised to defend Gambia against any outside aggression, in a New Year speech broadcast on state TV.

    The veteran leader initially conceded defeat in the vote, then changed his mind days later – raising fears that regional powers might have to intervene to oust him. His mandate runs out on Jan. 19.

    Marcel de Souza, commission president for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), said last week that the body had put standby forces on alert.
     
    In his speech, Jammeh decried “the resolution of ECOWAS on the current situation to implement the results of Dec 1, 2016 presidential election by whatever means possible”.

    He apparently acknowledged again that the poll did not go in his favour.

    “It is in effect a declaration of war and an insult to our constitution.

    “Let me make it very clear that we are ready to defend this country against any aggression.

    “My government will never opt for such confrontation but defending our sovereignty is a sacred duty for all patriotic Gambians,” he said.

    Barrow’s surprise victory and Jammeh’s initial decision to concede after 22 years in power was initially seen as a moment of hope on a continent where autocratic leaders are becoming more entrenched.

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has stepped in as an ECOWAS mediator to offer Jammeh an “honorable exit”, but Jammeh said the bloc could no longer fulfill that role.

     


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  • Gambia: Crackdown and brutal repression in run up to elections

    02/Jun/2016 // 979 Viewers

     

    Authorities in Gambia must free dozens of political prisoners and end the brutal crackdown on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly ahead of elections later this year or face suspension from the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

    Dangerous to Dissent: human rights under threat in Gambia, launched two days before ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government meet in Dakar and six months before Gambia’s presidential elections, outlines the brutal repression of opposition demonstrations in April and May 2016. Dozens of peaceful protesters and bystanders were beaten by police and arrested and 51 people, including the leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) and several members of the executive, are awaiting trial. At least 36 more people remain detained without charge and one man Solo Sandeng, the UDP National Organising Secretary, died in custody after having been tortured.

    “Gambia’s elections are just six months away and yet opposition members are arrested and beaten, journalists are muzzled, and civil society muted,” said Alioune Tine, Amnesty International Regional Director for West and Central Africa

    “Gambia has a long and brutal history of repression of critical voices, and demonstrators such as Solo Sandeng have paid a high price for peaceful protest.”

    Nogoi Njie, a businesswoman arrested on 14 April and currently detained, described in an affidavit filed at the High Court how she herself was tortured at the NIA. She explained how she was beaten with hose pipes and batons by men clothed in black hoods and black gloves while water was poured over her. No thorough, impartial, independent and transparent investigation into Sandeng’s death has taken place, despite appeals by the United Nations, ECOWAS, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, European Union and United States. On 29 May President Jammeh told magazine Jeune Afrique that “People die in custody or during interrogations, it’s really common. This time, there is only one dead and they want investigations? No one can tell me what to do in my country.”

    Other recent cases highlighted in the report include the death in custody in February 2016 of union leader Sheriff Dibba, the arrest in October 2015 and enforced disappearance of Imam Sawaneh after he submitted a petition to the President, and the arrest and trial of independent journalist Alhagie Ceesay in July 2015 for sharing a photo on Whatsapp. 

    The report outlines patterns of violations since the last Presidential elections in November 2011, which ECOWAS refused to monitor due to “intimidation, an unacceptable level of control of the electronic media by the party in power, the lack of neutrality of state and para-statal institutions, and an opposition and electorate cowed by repression and intimidation.” Since that time new laws have been introduced to further restrict the right to freedom of expression, such as laws repressing online dissent, and three media outlets have been closed on five different occasions. Dozens of journalists have fled the country because of persecution.

    Gambian authorities have long used the Public Order Act to prohibit gatherings of opposition parties, although a period of relaxation between April 2015 and April 2016 was observed before the most recent crackdown. Political opponents have also been arrested and tortured, including three members of the UDP imprisoned since 2013. 

    Civil society organizations, human rights defenders and even government officials who are perceived to dissent have been arbitrarily arrested and harassed, while the widespread practice and perception of surveillance adds to a climate of fear in which the majority of people dare not openly speak out against the government. 

    A civil society activist told Amnesty International: 

    “You don’t feel safe anywhere, even in your home. You don’t trust even your maids or drivers. You can pay someone $10 and they will give information. In public spaces you don’t speak about sensitive things or in public transport. You are trying to protect yourself and your family and want to keep safe.”

    The report documents how Gambia’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA) regularly prints out telephone records of people without any judicial authorisation or oversight, and maintains a system of informants, to report on the activities of those under surveillance. 

    A journalist in exile told Amnesty International: “You don’t know who is going to report you. You don’t know who is behind you. You don’t know who is paid by the NIA to be an informant.” - Vanguard


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  • GAMBIAN, Ali Sonko, aged 62 made co-owner of four-time winner of world's best restaurant - BBC reports

    02/Mar/2017 // 1614 Viewers

     

    A kitchen porter has been made a co-owner of the four-time winner of the world's best restaurant. Ali Sonko, 62, is now a partner at Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant where he has been working since it opened.

    Mr Sonko, from the Gambia, was unveiled as one of three new partners, alongside two of its managers.

    The two-Michelin starred restaurant closed its doors after 14 years at the current location, and will reopen in December as an "urban farm".
    "Ali is the heart and soul of Noma," chef Rene Redzepi explained to friends gathered to celebrate the restaurant at the weekend, according to Danish newspaper Berlingske.

    "I don't think people appreciate what it means to have a person like Ali in the house. He is all smiles, no matter how his 12 children fare.
    "And, by the way, my own father was also named Ali, and he too worked as a dishwasher when he came to Denmark."

    At the time, Mr Sonko, a farmer in the Gambia before his arrival in Copenhagen, described it as the "best job" he had ever had to Danish website BT.

    "I cannot describe how happy I am to work here," he said. "These are the best people to work with, and I'm good friends with everyone. They exhibit enormous respect for me, and no matter what I say or ask about, they are there for me. And that's enough for me to say that it's the best job I've ever had."

    Posting a picture of Mr Sonko and fellow new co-owners restaurant managers Lau Richter and James Spreadbury to Instagram, Mr Redzepi added: "This is only the beginning, as we plan to surprise several more of our staff with a piece of the walls that they have chosen to work so hard within."

    Noma, which made its name with its locally sourced, Nordic food, has been named Best Restaurant in the World in the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best a further three times.

    This post was syndicated from the BBC


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