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March 14, 2018


Part 10: Politics and Education

To mistake education for classroom schooling is an error committed by most of us without our realising it. Education is social property while schooling up to higher education standards belongs to institutions.

Everywhere in the world education precedes schooling and extends beyond school. Those that control schooling decide when to start or finish. They peg it at a price and dish our so much for anyone willing to pay in measured terms while education is beyond measure.
Social education on the other is free. You learn your first language by free association with people around. Not needing to call anyone your teacher, knowledge of social reality develops over time.

Schooling does not register or give marks for what we learn from social education as children or afterwards. Animals get education without being schooled.
One interesting contrast or rather big contradiction of measured schooling (the politics of education) is the fact that where two or more persons share equal level of certification some of them prove to be more knowledgeable than others. Viewed from critical perspective only education provides knowledge while schooling serves the purpose of politics.
If we continue to bank on only knowledge supposed to be delivered to us by occasion of schooling, the balance of right thinking diminishes to such levels that society will be populated by more educated fools over longest period.
Governments have taken up the gigantic task of managing everyone including those opposing them. That requires providing the enabling environment where society gets further education beyond schooling.

Educating a population for enhancing human capital gainful resourcefulness is a task beyond classroom schooling. Everyone is born as an input to society with potential to add value for optimal shared gains. In life some people grow to be more resourceful than others due to various reasons including barriers and facilities along the way.

Education is not all about numbers

Building schools and extra classroom blocks is not enough. Educational standards need to fulfil quality requirements for competitive advantage in all areas of competence. Providing good education needed for economic advancement is therefore not mere number gains.

Education planning is best done in response to much needed development priorities. Are our politicians giving us enough? Mass awareness creation can be acquired by collective engagement of whole society.  Schools by their limitations may not be doing enough in giving back to society the level of sophistication that liberates all. Everyone talks about politics as though no-go area. Political education in schools and higher education is more geared to preparing for exams than motivation to face real life movers of the system who occupy key political positions.

Job creation and economic advancement is not all about compiling neatly presented statistical data. It takes real people to do the required jobs. They need education which is not always provided by schooling. A society with more educated persons poses greater challenges to any political order.
Constraints of not being able to get the youths employed is no good reason for any political order to cut down on education. Often there is dilemma regarding where priorities are highest. Building classrooms, roads, or investment on educating a population?
An enlightened society becomes sophisticated for politicians to handle without pain. There is no easy ride without being challenged. Education goes with huge cost and higher gains not only by way of how much money is involved. Demands are high and too numerous for the regime to handle with no quick fix solutions readily at hand.
Creating jobs to keep the growing educated members of society gainfully occupied does not come about by elaborate plans on paper alone. The enabling economic environment creates opportunities for thriving entrepreneurs and energetic youth population to engage in revenue generating ventures while serving society.

Promoting Enterprise Culture to Grow an Enterprising Population

Beyond numbers and neatly compiled reports, education is meant to enhance not just employable skills required by commerce, industry, and office jobs. It takes an enterprising population to propel the economic engine.
By robust policy provisions, development and promotion of enterprise culture can be achieved. That mindset is what motivates people to engage in small and medium enterprises thereby generating taxable revenue to boost the economy.
To create the enabling economic environment requires clearly conceived plans and better policies put in place by government.  Boosting employment in the private sector yields higher gains through economic engagement capable of generating taxable revenue base. Goods and services delivered in variety will give consumers wider choices.
Increased demand and higher spending propels the velocity of cashflow in faster circulation. Some businesses become source of supply for others. In similar way other businesses serve as chain of distribution for those in the production line.

It takes serious commitment from government to get the private sector actors motivated by providing incentives while promoting entrepreneurship.
The education needed in development and promotion of entrepreneurship is not what classroom schooling provides. That is done through achievement motivation and the enterprising drive of goal-oriented individuals in society.
An enterprising population does not spring from wider space. It grows out of a desire. Social interplay creates the platform for creating commercial awareness leading to growth of enterprise culture.

Social learning provides better occasion for motivation of enterprise engagement far beyond what schooling does. Informal education does not require classroom schooling. We all take so much from home before setting eyes on our first school teachers.  Enterprise culture stimulates employment creation through entrepreneurship. With government backing the potential for growth of informal sector business can be realised most gainfully.

More money buying weapons and less for education

During planning and budgeting some governments allocate more money in buying arms or paying for maintenance of the security outfit than what’s left on education, health, social welfare and wealth creation put together.
Looking at the amount of public money spent on weapon power, you wonder whose security we are talking about.
Wider society tax payers experience more insecurity in everyday life than the few that are voted as political leaders. All that is cost needing to be justified. Armed robbery and other forms of forceful dispossession that individuals suffer at risk life tends to be out of control.
Dangerously armed individuals walking free is of high risk proportion. It is hard to make sense how possession of lethal weapons extends beyond the power of those voted for protecting collective interest.

Clearly, there is in no justifiable interest keeping entire society under threat of gun violence. Ask for an explanation and those in possession of lethal weapons will call it self-defence. Yes, because the national security outfit is sustained with huge financial government backing, therefore everyone thinks they need personal protection too.  Fear of being killed tends to embolden individuals to seek personal protection leading to increased gun possession. Schools can contribute to social education on security. That makes the job of teachers much crucial to social transformation.
Highly motivated teachers will serve instrumental role towards creation of an enlightened population needed for enhancing political awareness and becoming bankable economic resource.
Teachers work harder than they are paid
During political debates in parliament there is more talk about education than commitment to deliver what is required. Salaries of teachers hardly top the agenda. Most talk is about statistics. Everything is reduced to chunks of data.
Such key stakeholders like teachers are routinely talked about and not invited to join the debate. Teachers in every society deserve more than we see them being remunerated.

In public schools, teachers are counted as civil servants. Going by the volume and complexity of their workload, teachers commit more efforts and time than the ordinary civil servants do.
Apart from chalking and talking, teachers spend more time after working hours marking or drawing up lesson plans. Entrusted with children of diverse background and character, teachers deal with each of them in their special needs.
Society owes teachers more than politicians have so far demonstrated. In addition to teachers’ unions, the voice of society in promoting welfare of this instrumental embodiment can be louder. We cannot leave the welfare of teachers being handled without rendering them what is due.
Politics of education is loaded with an agenda of lofty aims needing proper checks to ensure tangible evidence-based impact. Teachers are such tall pillars of society that cannot be dwarfed without consequences. Pay teachers well and give them better incentives to boost their total welfare.

Governance and Politics beyond School Subjects

To confine the study of politics as mere school subject is not enhancing enough. Regarding how politicians are being empowered to decide for each of us everyone in society deserves knowing more and better.  When students debate about politics, it is mostly for the nicety of grammar and eloquence. More often they are not thinking of taking politics head on. Out of school or from higher education, every other job becomes target less political occupation.
Just like smaller number of business students at university have ambition to be hired rather than create their own enterprise being self-employed and hire others. Similarly, only few of those who show interest in school or higher education political debates choose to take up full time responsibility as genuinely representative of the people.
Political power is connected to almost everything daily life evolves around. From wealth creation (fundamental to the national economy) health care and maintenance, agriculture, trade. Industry, mobility, education, society, law and order, security among others.
National and personal security cannot be properly maintained without serious commitment on part of the political power players. Security they provide for those representing the people is far beyond what the rest of society have.
Governments consider weapon power as measurement of their might. Individuals in society reflect similar way. The danger is that if you possess an instrument there is propensity to use it. In that scheme of things by spending on weapons, governments invariably prepare for war. Individuals also think of attacking or being attacked by someone else. Reliance on gun power or weapons turned into a generational menace in some countries.
This generation is already too much enslaved by gun power. The next and succeeding generations may want to bank on mindpower for a more progressive and by extension higher advanced economic world order.
Reforms in global education will require preparing society to be more productive without fear of being attacked. Politicians have lot of responsibility coming up with policies that will detox society from this destructive gun power mentality. Until now, the political will to keep society safe is below all expectations.

Gun culture is a challenge for governments the world over. Educating society about politics and economic reality extends beyond what schooling provides.  Maybe the next generation will get different education and prefer weapons be replaced by production of what brings more economic advancement. Political rethinking over gun power or weapons is an educational pursuit that cannot be confined in classrooms. Entire society requires to be schooled though not in the classroom concept of teaching without learning.
Political education outside School
The population is not adequately informed about any rationale on what appears as unjustifiable budgetary allocation especially with increased spending on weapons. Taking political education outside the classroom will bear extensive rewards beyond the basic objective of schooling for examination requirements.

With everyone being affected in vast ways, the political discourse is central to our livelihood by occasion of diverse yet conflicting interests.  Political activism is more about awareness creation than partisan interest drive. Along the journey, there appears to be more passengers than drivers. In their total, political drivers and passengers have more excess baggage shared among themselves.  Advancing the agenda calls for an inclusive engagement of those long left out in the dark. To assume that only flag bearers care more than the marginalised compact majority can be considered as alienation.

Bottom line and truth of the whole matter holds that politics has deep rooted economic life line which cannot be taken for granted without consequences.  Not to join the debate means the rest will continue talking about you and their decision becomes all binding social contract affecting everyone with far reaching economic implications needing great consideration. Failing to decide is by extension a decision of its own. The choice is yours.


March 7, 2018


Part 9: Politics of Development

Using development projects to gain political capital is common tactic for capturing votes. In the absence of proper consultation to determine real needs of people, politically motivated projects will not put food on the table or bring much needed better living conditions.
Deprived and hard-to-reach communities are not always enjoying much from the government. Quite often they are not consulted in fairest deal of development partnership.
Instead, projects are conceived without them knowing what is going on. Whenever some government and Non-Governmental Organisation NGO agents begin their treks word goes around that another project is about to come.
Fleet of project vehicles and motorbikes are seen running around blowing more dust and leaving behind people hoping for what may never come any time soon.
White elephant projects are glaring symbols associated with politics of mass deception that government and NGOs come up with.
Everything turns out to be development politics or politics of deception where real felt-needs are not fulfilled. What follows relates to how that is schemed.
Stakeholder engagement
People are sick, hungry, and without good clothing. Their immediate felt-needs and highest in priority ranking would have included preventive health services, nutrition, and perhaps education for the young.
Experts think they know what is best for communities. Based on their wrong perception and failing to make proper consultation, projects are designed and presented as book knowledge dictates.
At end of one project cycle other projects line up. Nothing seems to work while the blame game shifts all fingers on communities lacking knowledge.
Development agents representing government and NGOs compete for recognition as they seek to make their presence felt at various deprived communities.
Eventually most projects fail. Even when you think they have succeeded, it takes very short time before everything comes to complete stop. Community facilities and producer schemes diminish over time leading to final closure.
Nobody takes responsibility as initial community engagement fails to include succession planning, Failure of one community project provides the occasion for others to be identified.
Unless experts consult communities as key partners in development, any projects implemented on paper work without ascertaining real felt-needs will fail like others before and those after them.
Felt-needs of the people
Priority ranking of genuine needs is different from drawing up a wish list of so many wants. People have insatiable desire for possession and will pile up so much even what is good for nothing.
To ascertain the felt-needs of communities and individuals requires asking them. No expert has the superior gift of genius to determine what people really need without seeking to know from them.
Asking communities and individuals to talk about everything they want will end with a long roll of wish list nobody can provide for. It is therefore most helpful to give some guidelines regarding how felt needs are separated from numerous wants.
Through sensitisation and group thinking, communities and individuals requiring project support will undertake their realistic needs assessment.
By engaging people and communities in the task of identifying their own needs, the journey to delivering projects in response to those felt needs begins with right steps.
Feasibility Study
Expression of felt needs by people and communities does not readily make a case to conclude project feasibility. Other variables are taken into consideration. To determine feasibility is measured along key lines of enquiry.
Getting the right mix is crucial not only in determining feasibility. Questions on viability arise where everyone is challenged to consider how viable the project venture becomes. Key to that line of enquiry is all about sustainability.
What happens in the long run after the project is implemented and delivered at completion stage requires clear mind mapping from the beginning.
Whether the project succeeds or fails, resources would have been committed and not retrievable. In that respect sustainability issues need to be given proper care and serious consideration.
Material, money and human capital inputs are required in right proportion. This is considered in the wider context of technical feasibility.
Before any further moves feasibility needs to be established on solid findings. When a project is not feasible due to deficiencies in material, money or human capital it means there is no point the venture. Getting the right balance of these key components is critical success factor in determining feasibility and viability of projects.
Human capital contribution is considered from various dimensions. Is there the required calibre of capable persons handling this project venture? That question refers to project agents and the people at community level who eventually ensure sustainability by their competent handling from start onwards.
In some communities, certain people of influence always take leading roles even where they may not be the most competent. There arise occasional conflicts of interest leading to bad results. It is therefore important that right people take up rightful roles based on competence rather than compromise. That is not always happening unfortunately. Wrong hands handling even the most readily feasible projects can lead to failure. Opinion leaders may have political influence while lacking the ability to deal with development schemes.
Misplaced priorities
During needs assessment priority ranking of competing demands can be helpful. With brain storming and clear mind mapping by focused group exercise project planning identifies needs. Participants may come up with very long list of what they initially identified as needs. In guided discussion, it may emerge that some of the items listed are more of general wants than genuine felt needs.
Participants are encouraged to rethink and see if everything listed will be considered as needed. That is when they will get to narrow down their demands in priority ranking of needs. Politically motivated provisions that communities don’t need amount to white elephant projects
Without succession plans, repeat failures become common in the experience of projects provided for mere political gains.
To prevent the situation of misplaced priorities, communities need to be consulted from early planning stages onwards. Thorough cost and benefit analysis will ensure that priorities are at the same giving people choices based on their expressed felt-needs.


February 3, 2018

Alkali Conteh – The Adviser of President Barrow

By Anonymous!

It does not take a forensic scientist or an experienced detective to identify or discover fingerprints or DNA traits of Alkali Konteh in the article purported to have been authored by Ndey Sarr, Serer – Jongama of Serekunda, with the title “Why they spit on Alkali Konteh”. It is the closest one gets to getting an official reaction from Alkali Konteh against the barrage of allegations being levelled against him in the Gambian social media for his alleged dubious dealings around the Gambia’s President Adama Barrow. His apparent influence over Barrow is so evident that some akin him to the infamous Saul Badjie, the supercilious military General of the previous President Yahya Jammeh.

But “why they spit on Alkali Conteh”, despite the best efforts of its author to disguise its partiality, as being impartial, presented a one sided Alkali narrative of how the vultures are out to devour him. It ignores the real reasons Alkali attracted the public outrage of Fatou Camara, and many UDP supporters on the social media. Those accustomed to Alkali Konteh will easily notice certain trademarks of his in the Ndey Sarr piece, for that is definitely not the Serer woman speaking, especially one who claims to know little about Alkali Konteh, but yet tells his biography. Thus, prompting this rejoinder of mine to “Let Them Spit On Alkali Konteh” for Alkali deserves such a disgrace for his dubious deeds in The Gambia.

The following footprints from “why they spit on Alkali” would suggest Alkali’s assistance or contribution in the drafting of the Ndey Sarr piece. Firstly, the choice of medium that the author chose for the publication of her article, which is Kairo News website is one evidence that Alkali played a role in the publication of the said piece. Kairo News is more or less the brainchild of Alkali Konteh and Lamin Tunkara, who helped in the creation of the website for Musa Saidykhan. The author is not a regular writer on that medium, but chose that site for this reaction in defence of Alkali. It is not a coincidence, but either authored or being dictated by Alkali out of his sheer desperation to repair his battered image from the social media onslaught.

Secondly, the exaltation of Alkali’s efforts in the piece for fighting for the Mandinkas, UDP and President Barrow, are clear signs, for even those who had few encounters with Alkali Conteh at the State House, to relate such conceitedness to his trademark. Thus, unsurprisingly, the article seeks to adulate the noble efforts and the noble role played by Alkali Konteh in organising the Raleigh conference and the birth of CORDEG; and how he was betrayed in the leadership contest of CORDEG because of his Mandinka ethnicity. However the author ignored certain important facts about Alkali’s other role in trying to undermine that same CORDEG from achieving it goals; simply because of his non-selection to chair that umbrella organisation. It is further unsurprising to find that none of the affiliates of CORDEG have attracted the attention of Adama Barrow for opportunities in the administration. The bitterness of his perceived CORDEG betrayal had blinded him into seeing Fatou Camara, as an extension of CORDEG, due to her relations to Banka Manneh as sister-in-law.

But it is not just Fatou Camara that Alkali has been fighting against! Few months ago, a group of educated and successful professionals of diverse fields of discipline in the Gambia, who are supporters of the UDP formed an educated elite group called “Helal”, which translates to mean the “Thinkers” in English, approached the party in order to assist in formulating and strategising policies for the progression of the party. The group included two prominent Gambian Lawyers; in the persons of Lamin S. Camara and Almameh Taal, as well as many notable, educated and successful Gambians, such as Sheriff Gomez, the former Sports Minister of the Gambia. It would be the delight of any political party in The Gambia to attract the membership of such citizens. But not for Alkali Konteh! In his typical style, he waged a campaign against the group accusing them of waiting until the victory of Barrow to join the party, in order to propel their individual political ambitions. The truth is, only Alkali saw those people, as a threat to his political ambition. I will deal with that Helal group v Alkali issue later or in subsequent articles.

But coming back to the topic, the Third trait of Alkali in the Ndey Sarr’s article is the tribal connotations immersed in the piece. This is also a typical hallmark of Alkali Konteh. Those that know him well will tell you, that anytime he is forced into a defensive mode, his worst instincts get the better of him. He perceives his critics or competitors as either anti-Mandinkas or inspired by such forces. Hence he perceived the current scandals embroiling his name, as nothing to do with his sinister plots against innocent individuals, including the persona of Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, the man whose tremendous sacrifice enable him Alkali to become a member of the UDP, but all to do with his anti-Mandinka haters from the CORDEG group or their sympathisers.

Fourthly, his reference to Waa Juwara and Kassa Jatta, which the piece left to our discretion to draw our own conclusions, as to what had transpired between Darboe and Juwara, Jatta – with the hope that we would draw the conclusion that the same is being orchestrated against Alkali. That’s another trait of Alkali putting a spin to facts. Both Waa Juwara and Kassa Jatta regretted their actions against the UDP or Lawyer Darboe and Alkali is following the same sorrowful path against Lawyer Darboe.

To correct the unfortunate and terrible language expressed in the Ndey Sarr piece, which it would be soothing to note that contrary to her claims, none is battering their sisters for sex in order to win anyone’s favours. The truth is simply this, Alkali’s recent unwanted attention emerges out of his own best efforts to denigrate and destroy the reputations of good and decent hardworking people, as well as his unscrupulousness and sinister campaigns to impede the chances of his perceived enemies or threats! Alkali in recent months has sought to further discredit Lawyer Darboe’s leadership credentials with the hope of prolonging Adama Barrow’s presidency. This particular effort gave birth to the seeming power struggle between Barrow and Darboe in the UDP.

It all began shortly after Barrow entrusted Alkali with his hearing ears. Though the UDP tried to roll the issue under the carpet, but the vindictiveness and determination of Alkali to, not only obliterate Ousainou Darboe’s chances of ever becoming a President, but to further disgrace him, made it almost impossible for the party to disguise the issue with a makeover.

Alkali Conteh has not been an active UDP supporter for a very long period of time; he is in fact not an executive member of the party. But since the election of President Adama Barrow to the presidency, Alkali has been able to have a monopoly control over the narrative of President’s Barrow’s ascension to power. From his selection as the UDP flag bearer, to his selection as the coalition flag bearer at the coalition convention, and his final election to presidency. A narrative which Alkali hangs on to wholeheartedly to win Barrow’s favours and friendship, by articulating himself as the god sent prophet Samuel of the Gambia, who anointed God’s chosen successor to Jammeh, President Adama Barrow.

Alkali’s narrative, which you will often hear, from his stooges, is that UDP, as a party preferred the candidature of Dr. Isatou Touray to Adama Barrow, but thanks to him, Alkali’s foresight, prophecy, leadership and gallantry, the party chose Barrow. If you believe in that narrative, you will believe in anything else including him being the saviour of The Mandinka people.

The truth is that, the UDP diaspora, mainly UDP supporters in the USA and UK had a telephone conference meeting, shortly after Adama Barrow was selected, by the remnant UDP executive in The Gambia, as the party’s flag bearer for the 2016 Presidential elections. At this telephone conference, which was attended by a dozen or more – but less than 20 – of the UDP diaspora members, could not reach an agreement as to whether the party should support their own candidate, at the time being Adama Barrow, or should coalesce the party’s support behind the then independent presidential candidate, Dr. Isatou Touray.

The meeting was symmetrically divided along the two options. One half of the group supported the latter option of supporting Dr Touray, whilst Alkali Konteh, Bamba Mass, Suntou Touray, Pata PJ, Lamin Tunkara, and others opted for the former option, which is for the party to support their own candidate. This brought a brief acrimony between the divided groups after the meeting. Though, the two groups later reconciled and came together to lend their full support to the candidature of President Adama Barrow. But Alkali would up till date, use this one event to instil mischief and distrust between those members, who opted for Dr Touray, and President Barrow. Advising Barrow that those people, despite their UDP membership, never liked him, Barrow.

This is one episode which Alkali loves to relish in its fable as the Samuel of The Gambia. But this was not in fact the meeting that ushered Barrow to become the UDP flag bearer. In fact whatever decision was taken at that meeting was of no significance. This was for the simple fact that the decision to choose Adama Barrow as UDP flag bearer was a decision not placed in the hands of those diaspora meeting attendees, but lies within the discretion of the remnant UDP executive members in The Gambia, at the time. But Alkali continues to relish in that narrative to a point of alleging that even Lawyer Ousainou Darboe opted for Dr Touray’s candidature over Adama Barrow, hence Barrow should not trust Darboe. That mouth of Alkali is very dangerous!

And unfortunately, Barrow sees Alkali as the god sent Samuel, the prophet who anointed him to succeed Jammeh. But is Alkali really the prophet Samuel of the Gambia. Just consider this for a thought, before that meeting in the Diaspora, the gallant efforts of Aji Yam Secka, in holding the fortress for Ousainou at the same time preparing the party for the presidential elections of 2016. The team she led in fighting for the release of Darboe and co, the Role of Alhagie S Darboe, etc. These people, among other UDP executive members in The Gambia, at the time, worked tirelessly hard for the party on the ground, but up to date remain very loyal to the party’s leader and have never been accused by anyone of initiating any bickering in the party or undermining anyone to Barrow.

However, the arrogant and braggadocio Alkali Konteh cannot even see an eye to an eye with Ousainou Darboe at present. Simply because of the dubious sinister ploys and bickering that he continues to peddle in the party, is causing a rift between the party and its former leader Adama Barrow and between the political son, Barrow, and his political father, Darboe.

There is so much that Alkali has done in the short space of one year that it cannot fit in this one piece alone, but has to be continued in another piece if time permits! But it will suffice to state that what Alkali is doing in the New Gambia, at present, warrants his critics “to spit on him”!


December 12, 2017



I want to inform the general public that, there will be a massive demonstration at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hage on Friday the 15th of december 2017 between 15:00 – 17:00 to condemn black people being sold as slaves in Libya.
Our fellow black brothers and sisters getting sold in Libya and are made in to slaves. Our brothers and sisters are beaten, rapes and kill in Libya.

This brutal, cruel and barbaric behavior in Libya must stop immediately.
How many days, weeks, months does the international communities needs to talk about this inhuman behaviour happening in Libya before taking an actions.

The Arab world are the greatest hypocrites you can ever see on this earth. Their Abrab brothers and sisters are brutally treating our brothers and sisters in Libya. They fully knows about it but they keep their moutrh shut. We are hearing from the ECOWAS, the AU, the EU and the UN condemning it. They are having various talks about it to find the solution, but you HYPOCRITES are keeping quite and pretending that nothing is happening. You may call yourselves a muslim but i’ll not call you Arabs a MUMIN.

I am appealing to all the black brothers and sisters and our sympathisers to come and join this massive demonstraion on Friday, the 15th of december 2017 at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hage and condemn are brothers and sisters being made as slaves in Libya.

For more Information you can contact :

Lamin Saddam Sanyang tel 0654294166
Hon Demba Dem tel 0681841640
Or Alhagie Kijera tel 0619620082.

The venue of the demonstration will be :

Oude Waalsdorperweg 10
2597 AK, The Hague
The Netherlands.

Gambia’s Secretary of State for Trade in Oslo

November 11, 2017


Secretary of State for trade, industry, regional integration and employment

The secretary of state for trade, industry  regional integration and employment Dr. Isatou Touray is on a visit to Oslo, Norway. She arrived at Oslo Airport this afternoon, Saturday 11th November and went straight to grace a seminar organized by IAC Norway where she is among the speakers. The theme of the seminar which is currently going on at Western Hotel in the centre of Oslo is “Raising Children in a Polygamous Home”. The honourable minister is expected to visit various government departments and organisations in Norway. She is to pay a courtesy call at the Daru Salaam Islamic Centre in Oslo and there after hold a meeting with the general public of Gambians and friends of the Gambia on Monday 13th November at 6:00pm.

Dr. Touray is among the stakeholders of the coalition 2016 that worn the election last December and ushered in a new administration headed by Adama Barrow. She is the only woman leader of a political entity that joined hands with other political parties to challenge  Jammeh in last year’s presidential elections. Dr. Isatou Touray before entering the political terrain was the leader of GAMCOTRAP local NGO that fights against harmful traditional practices like FGM and child marriages. Follow this media for updates on the secretary of trade’s visit to Norway.

Written by L. Nyassi Norway


October 12, 2017

Author: Tha Scribbler Bah

When last week I saw on Gambia Radio and Television Services that a youth group had been formed and named President Barrow Youth Movement for Development, I was worried and my mind went straight to the Green Youths, Yaaye Compins and other such self serving Kafoos.

Then, I heard that a statement from the Office of the President had instructed the founders of that movement to change the name. That gave me solace. They should know better, and not take us that road again. Gambians are tired of such cheap attempts to get close to our president just to get rich quick at the expense of the general public.

You see, Mr President, if someone genuinely wants you to succeed, he or she should work hard to ensure that the government’s vision for development is fulfilled. They should focus on working harder rather than just wishing to blind sight our president. Let them work with the National Youth Council.

But, Mr President, I personally think that changing the name is not enough. There should be a clear instruction on state TV to inform Gambians that political patronage and sycophancy will not be tolerated in the New Gambia.

Earlier, we saw companies and organizations buying space on newspapers to wish you happy Tobaski or something of that sort. This is pure hypocrisy. There is nothing genuine in it. If they really mean all what they are saying,  let them work hard towards the achievement of your development goals.  We have all seen what political sycophancy can do to a country.

Your government must make it known that nepotism, favouritism and other undue advantages shall no longer be allowed here. We need to change this culture of praise singing and work for our development goals.

Your decision to let these people change their name is a step in the right direction. So, I say, more grease to your elbow.

Have a Good Day Mr President….

Tha Scribbler Bah

A Concerned Citizen


October 5, 2017

Election ballots

Gambians in the Diaspora have issued a petition urging The Gambia’s Independent Electoral Commission to commence the process of enfranchising Gambians living abroad. The petition is available in the link below and consists of five points around the registration and voting process for Gambians abroad.

Voting Rights of Gambians Living Abroad Petition: Making it a Reality
After enduring twenty-two (22) years of dictatorship under the regime of former President Yahya Jammeh, the people of the Republic of The Gambia voted for a new president, President Adama Barrow, to lead the nation-rebuilding process of the New Gambia. Gambians living abroad played a key role in the struggle for justice and good governance that culminated in the formation of a coalition of seven political parties, which contested and won the presidential election that brought an end to Jammeh’s rule on 1st December 2016.

Although the right of every Gambian, resident at home or abroad, to vote in general elections is guaranteed in the Constitution of The Republic of The Gambia, the government under former President Jammeh failed to demonstrate the commitment and support that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) required to discharge its mandate to register Gambians living abroad to vote, as prescribed under Section 11 of the Elections Act of The Republic of The Gambia. As a result, a large number of Gambians living abroad have been disenfranchised and denied the right to fully participate in the affairs of their country. The Gambia has now entered a new challenging phase, which all well-meaning Gambians, friends of The Gambia and the country’s development partners hope will set the foundation for a truly democratic country that fully subscribes to the universally accepted principles of good governance and transparency, to deliver peace and prosperity to the people of The Gambia. In this regard, the enfranchisement of Gambians living abroad is not only a right but a necessity for the consolidation of the democratic gains of the New Gambia. Like our Senegalese counterparts, Gambians living abroad should be allowed, without undue burden, to take part in elections at home.

Our Demands
We the undersigned respectfully demand of the IEC of The Republic of The Gambia to discharge, with absolute urgency, its constitutional duty to register Gambians living abroad to take part in the upcoming constitutional referendum and subsequent elections, in accordance with the Constitution and Section 11 of the Elections Act of The Gambia. Specifically:
1. We ask the IEC to announce a timeline for the registration of Gambians living abroad;
2. We ask the IEC to clearly spell out the registration process for Gambians living abroad;
3. We ask the IEC to announce the registration centres abroad, where Gambians living abroad shall be registered;
4. We ask the IEC to clearly spell out what documents Gambians living abroad would need in order to be registered to vote; and
5. We ask the IEC to clearly spell out how Gambians living abroad shall vote in elections and how votes cast outside the country shall be counted.