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GAMBIA UNREPORTED – LAMIN MARONG’S CASE – PART 1

GAMBIA: THE DEVELOPMENT PARADIGMS AND THE WAY FORWARD FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORMS, DECENTRALISATION AND LOCAL DEMOCRACY

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Author: Abdoukarim Sanneh, London

By Abdoukarim Sanneh, London

Strengthening local government authorities through decentralisation is important in building and nurturing functional and participatory democracy. Gambia is a centralised state since after independence and not much is done to decentralise power through local government reforms to strengthen local democracy, in order to effectively and efficiently response to our community development challenges confronting our country. Coming from 22 years of neo-patrimonial state with unimaginable brutality and narrow space of democratic participation, new Gambia should set of a democratic system base on address issues of equity and social justice and one fundamental pathway towards that reality is through decentralisation and local government reforms agenda.

In many part of developing countries functional and inclusive participatory democracy comes with decentralisation. Decentralisation can be described as the transfer

Landing Nyassi @ July 22, 2017

GAMBIA: THE TAMBEDOU LEAKED AUDIO – IMPLICATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES

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Author: B.B. Sanneh

By Bakary B. Sanneh

Landing Nyassi @ July 20, 2017

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, THE POLITICS AND THE CHALLENGES OF MUNICIPAL WASTE MANAGEMENT IN THE GAMBIA

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Author: Abdoukarim Sanneh, London

By Abdoukarim Sanneh, London

According to United States Politician Bernie Sanders stated election days come and go. But the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the one percent-a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice-that struggle continues. Environment issues in our national political discourse and activism is taking a root in our political landscape. Environmentalism or environmental rights movements from Kartong, Gunjur, Bijilo and Bakoteh comes with our new widen the space of democratic participation and governance. From Kartong Sand mining protest, Gunjur and Kartong/ Chinese Golden Leaf Factory protest about illegal discharge of untreated sewage waste in aquifer, Safe Monkey Park protest and recent demonstration by Bakoteh and Manjai residents demanding

Landing Nyassi @ July 18, 2017

HELLO MR PRESIDENT . . . SEPERATING THE WHEAT FROM THE CHAFF

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Author: Tha Scribbler Bah

By Tha Scribbler Ba

In light of the revelations coming from the leaked audio of a conversation between Lawyer Sheriff Tambedu [who has rightly recused himself from the case] and Mrs Ndoura Jawara Badjie, it has become apparent that there are people in your government who are still sympathetic to the previous regime. It was revealed in that audio that some officers at the National Intelligence Agency [which was headed by Yankuba Badjie] are giving information to Mrs Badjie purporting to say that no evidence will be found. Are they implying that they will bury or destroy the evidence?

Similarly, one observes that there are many who were in the previous regime and are gradually edging into your government. These people will do anything for position. These were

Landing Nyassi @ July 18, 2017

END OF AN ERA: THE ENIGMATIC YAHYA WITH AN ILLUSORY LEGACY? THERE ARE MISSED REASONS TO CELEBRATE AND REMEMBER JULY 22!

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Author: Alagie Yerro Jallo

By Alagie Yorro Jallow 

There are reasons to celebrate the July 22 Revolutionn and remember President Yahya Jammeh in a simple way. This may be with national prayers in churches and mosques to heal and reconcile a divided and polarized nation, to move on from the whole aspect of nation-building, or to give it a more positive outlook and more positive understanding, whether it can best be described as amoral not immoral, but amoral in the Gambia’s history. The Gambian people are not blind to the darkness and oppression of the Yahya years.

Landing Nyassi @ July 18, 2017

THE RHETORICAL LETTER!

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Author: Dr.Muhammed Teks Tekany

By Dr. Muhammed Teks Tekanyi

To: The African Leaders,

Cc: Fellow Africans.

Dear all,

Some of you may not agree but I’ve always thought of HUNGER, IGNORANCE (and POOR HEALTH) being the main problems of our Africa!

For the hungry can do ANYTHING (which could include crimes, corruption, etc) to relief the hunger.

And the ignorant on the other hand, knows NOTHING on the difference between

Landing Nyassi @ July 13, 2017

HELLO MR PRESIDENT… DISASTER RELIEF

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Author: Tha Scribbler Bah

In the Wolof Language they say, ‘xoddeeku balaa ngai laka le’, a crude translation of this will be ‘prevention is better than cure’. Every year, when the heavens open up, many Gambians are affected by floods or storms and their houses are destroyed. They lose a lot of their valuable belongings and are certainly traumatized. This is something that can be minimized, if not completely eradicated.

If we have the proper planning and get ready to preparation for the long term, we will ensure that the places that are prone to flooding would be identified and then measures taken to guarantee that we don’t just react; rather, we should plan ahead of the rains.

There is a Department for Physical Planning which is under the Ministry of Lands

Landing Nyassi @ July 12, 2017