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

    13/Jan/2017 // 1411 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 // 266 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 // 3904 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 // 5159 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 // 1932 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 // 458 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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  • End of the road as AFRICAN UNION hammers JAMMEH ahead of ADAMA BARROW's inauguration!

    14/Jan/2017 // 5046 Viewers

     

    The African Union will cease to recognise Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh as the West African nation’s legitimate president as of Jan. 19, the date he is due to hand power to the winner of a December election, the AU’s Peace and Security Council said.

    In a statement issued after a meeting in the Ethiopian capital, the council also warned of “serious consequences in the event that his action causes any crisis that could lead to political disorder, humanitarian and human rights disaster, including loss of innocent lives and destruction of properties”.

    Meanwhile, the party of Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow has said Jammeh would be honoured as a former head of state if he stepped down and suggested he might not face trial for alleged crimes during his 22 years in power.

    Jammeh, whose authoritarian rule began after a 1994 coup, lost the Dec. 1 election to Barrow by a slim margin. He initially conceded defeat but a week later contested the results and called for another poll. He now refuses to give up power.

    The question of whether Gambia can install Barrow as president is seen as a test case for African democracy in a region accustomed to coups and autocratic rule.

    Jammeh’s mandate runs out on Jan. 18, after which Barrow plans to be sworn in, reports Reuters.

    Barrow told the BBC on Friday: “We want to keep Jammeh in the Gambia. I don’t think there is any need for him to go to another country.”

    In an apparent bid to ease increasing tensions in Gambia by persuading Jammeh to step aside, a senior member of Barrow’s coalition, Mai Ahmad Fatty, said Jammeh would be entitled to the usual benefits afforded past heads of state, including an office of his choosing, bodyguards and luxury vehicles.

    “We want to give him all the privileges of a former head of state,” Fatty said late on Thursday, adding that the party would like Jammeh to be someone it could call on for counsel.

    Jammeh’s predecessor, Dawda Jawara, fled the country when he was deposed in a bloodless coup and lived in exile until Jammeh granted him amnesty in 2001.


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  • JUST IN: ADAMA BARROW flies out of GAMBIA as JAMMEH refuses to leave

    14/Jan/2017 // 1491 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 14, 2017: (DGW)   As the political imbroglio continues with the longstanding ruler, President Yahya Jammeh, holding on to the reins of power, the presidential poll winner, and President-elect Adama Barrow, has reportedly flown out of the country  late Friday to meet west African leaders attending a summit in Bamako with hopes of ending the country’s political crisis, Nigeria’s foreign minister said.

    According to The Independent Uganda, “The ECOWAS team has decided to depart Banjul tonight in the company of president-elect Barrow headed for Bamako, Mali,” Geoffrey Onyeama told journalists following crisis talks with Barrow and President Yahya Jammeh, who is refusing to leave power.

    The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), a 15-nation bloc, has repeatedly called on Jammeh to respect the result of the December 1 election that delivered Barrow to victory and step down after 22 years in power.

    A three-nation delegation led by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari landed in Banjul Friday for a second attempt at getting Jammeh to leave, five days before the Gambian strongman’s mandate expires.

    Onyeama expressed the bloc’s “determination to find a peaceful solution that accords with the Constitution of the Gambia and also reflects the will of the Gambian people.”

    This, he said, would be best served by Barrow meeting representatives from all ECOWAS member nations.

    West African heads of state are gathered in Bamako for the Africa-France summit which resumes Saturday.



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  • JAMMEH'S party seeks court injunction to block BARROW’s inauguration

    14/Jan/2017 // 747 Viewers

     

    The political party of Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh filed a request yesterday with the Supreme Court for an injunction blocking the swearing in of his rival and president-elect, Adama Barrow, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

    Barrow’s party has said the President would be honoured as a former head of state if he stepped down and suggested he might not face trial for alleged crimes during his 22 years in power.

    In an apparent bid to ease increasing tensions in the country by persuading Jammeh to step aside, a senior member of Barrow’s coalition, Mai Ahmad Fatty, said Jammeh would be entitled to the usual benefits afforded past heads of state, including an office of his choice, bodyguards and luxury vehicles.

    “We want to give him all the privileges of a former head of state,” Fatty said late on Thursday, adding that the party would like Jammeh to be someone it could call on for counsel.
    Barrow told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) yesterday: “We want to keep Jammeh in the Gambia. I don’t think there is any need for him to go to another country.”

    Jammeh lost in last month’s presidential election, but has refused to accept defeat, despite earlier conceding defeat and congratulating Barrow on his victory.

    The question of whether the West African country would inaugurate Barrow as president is seen as a test case for African democracy and regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which has set up a committee to persuade Jammeh and ensure smooth transition in the country.

    Barrow, who is backed by the international community, has said he would go ahead with his inauguration on January 19, despite Jammeh’s rejection of the result.

    Supreme Court Chief Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle confirmed receipt of the petition filed by Jammeh’s Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), saying: “It is filed today with the court registrar.”

    But he did not say when a decision on the petition might be made.

    Aziz Bensouda, Secretary General of the Gambia Bar Association, said an injunction would be unconstitutional, adding: “The inauguration of the president-elect should be held when Jammeh’s term officially ends. The court does not have any mandate to put an inauguration on hold.”

    According to Reuters, Fatty said the opposition was not pursuing legal action against Jammeh, whose rule has been marred by the imprisonment and torture of opponents, despite calls for his immediate prosecution once Barrow takes over.

    “If there are any crimes against Jammeh, we cannot say so, because the crimes must be proven in a court of law. But at the moment, we are not talking about that,” he said.

    The election defeat of Jammeh, a former coup leader, after 22 years of increasingly authoritarian rule was celebrated across the tiny West African nation.

    The APRC had earlier challenged the poll results, but the Supreme Court was unable to hear the petition due to lack of enough Judges to hear the matter, making Fagbenle to adjourn the hearing until January 16.

    The Supreme Court, which rights campaigners say is heavily influenced by Jammeh, has not sat in over a year.

    Two chief justices have been dismissed since 2013 and one of them was jailed.

    The court hired four foreign Judges from Nigeria and Sierra Leone to hear Jammeh’s appeal, but it was not clear whether or when they would arrive the country.

    ECOWAS has sought to negotiate Jammeh’s peaceful departure and President Muhammadu Buhari is leading a mediation mission to Gambia this weekend.

    The House of Representatives has approved a motion to authorise an offer of asylum to Jammeh if he steps down.

    ECOWAS has also hinted at possible military action if he stays beyond the end of his term in office next week, raising the prospect of violence.
    The U.S. Department of State, which has already advised against travel to Gambia, warned American citizens to avoid the capital, Banjul’s, city centre, with Embassy staff required to be off the streets by 6 p.m. until further notice.

    Jammeh’s predecessor, Dawda Jawara, fled the country when he was deposed in a bloodless coup and lived in exile until Jammeh granted him amnesty in 2001.


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  • JUST IN: Heavy tension in West African sub-region as UN envoy reveals final plan to battle JAMMEH

    14/Jan/2017 // 11701 Viewers

     

    The 15-nation ECOWAS West African bloc will ask the UN Security Council to approve the deployment of troops to the Gambia if its longtime leader Yahya Jammeh refuses to step down, a UN envoy said Friday.

    Mohamed Ibn Chambas said a delegation of ECOWAS leaders to Banjul were to make clear to Jammeh that they were prepared to use force to ensure a handover of power to president-elect Adama Barrow.

    “They plan to leave no doubt about the determination of ECOWAS to use all necessary means, including force, to have the will of the Gambian people upheld,” Chambas told the Security Council.

    “Should this be deemed necessary, ECOWAS intends to seek the endorsement of the AU Peace and Security Commission and the formal approval of this council to deploy troops to the Gambia,” he added.

    The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) has repeatedly called on Jammeh to respect the result of the December 1 election and step down after 22 years in power.

    The African Union has said it will no longer recognize Jammeh as head of state as of January 19.

    The ECOWAS delegation, led by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, flew out of Banjul late Friday with Barrow and was to hold talks with other regional leaders in Mali.

    The council last month demanded in a unanimous statement that Jammeh recognize the outcome of the election and transfer power to Barrow.


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