By Adama Makasuba, at the National Assembly

Gambian lawmakers, political party leaders and government officials have gathered at the National Assembly to say goodbye to Demba Sowe.

Mr Sowe was the national assembly member for Niamina West. He died on 24 January in Casablanca, Morocco while on a business trip. He was 40.

The national flag was placed over Demba Sowe casket as the late lawmaker lays in-state, at a ceremony that started at 12pm and also attended by his family and friends.

His friend Yero Jallow described him as kind-hearted and a man of the people.

“He was a true democrat who unified the people of Niamina West regardless of their political affiliation,” Mr Jallow of Mr Sowe as he sobbed.