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Egypt’s Al Sisi and Palestine’s Abass pen greeting letter to President Barrow on 2020 Ramadan

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President Adama Barrow received goodwill Ramadan messages from Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President of Egypt and Mahmoud Abass, President of the State of Palestine, according to State House.

In a statement on Monday, State House said: “President Al Sisi described the sacred month of Ramadan as ‘a great opportunity for the Muslim Ummah to uphold the spirit, sublime Islamic values of fraternity, solidarity and cooperation, which are very much needed to overcome the big challenge our world has been facing lately’.

“He prayed for Allah to save the world from the unprecedented pandemic and bless their shared endeavour towards a safer, healthier and prosperous world.

“Meanwhile, His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei Darrusalam, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah expressed confidence in the warm relations and cooperation between The Gambia and Brunei in a message of acknowledgement to President Barrow.

“On behalf of the Government and the People of Brunei Darrusalam thanked the Gambian leader for the warm congratulatory message extended to him on the occasion of their 36th National Day.

“The message concluded with best wishes of good health and happiness as well as progress and prosperity for the people of the Republic of The Gambia.”

‘Boy was humble’: MLS’ aunt says her nephew was a humble man – as she reveals they’d want justice

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By Lamin Njie

The aunt of Momodou Lamin Sisay killed on Friday in the United States has called for justice in her slaying.

Sera Wadda, a younger sister to Momodou Lamin’s late mom Aunty Mam Wadda told The Fatu Network her nephew was a humble man who loved people.

“We would want justice, we would want to know whatever they did until they killed Boy. Because what they are saying that he took out a gun is not true. We would need surveillance videos,” Sera who could not stop crying said.

Momodou Lamin was born in Banjul but left The Gambia for the United States in 1991. He has a brother who also lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Boy was a humble man. Boy was religious, he was quiet and wouldn’t look anyone in the eye. He loved people and he was respectful,” Sera who lives in Norway said.

Investigation on in Momodou Lamin Sisay killing

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Investigation is intensifying into the circumstances surrounding the death of Gambian Momodou Lamin Sisay.

Sisay, 39, was shot and killed by police in the US state of Georgia last Friday.

“The attorney working on behalf of the family is in touch with the Snellville police, Gwinnett County, and GBI investigators. Both Gwinnett County and GBI are working to establish the facts as to what transpired on that fateful night that Sisay was killed.

“Several matters being looked into are: did Sisay have a gun as alleged by the police report?; If he had a gun, did he point it in the direction of the law enforcement officers trying to apprehend him?; which bullet killed him?; [and] whether use of force was necessary in the first place?,” Banka Manneh said in a Facebook post on Monday.

He added: “The attorney is also working on securing documents and video footages from Police body cams and car dashboard cameras.

“The process is on and we are imploring the community to respect the family’s privacy during this difficult period.

“Do not draw any quick conclusions, nor rely on hearsay. One of the stories making rounds is that Sisay was shot during a protest. This is totally false.

“In the meantime, efforts are underway by Alhaji Habib Mbye and others to secure the body for proper burial. Gambian Embassy officials are also on the ground to help.”

Veteran Gambian journalist Jonkunda Daffeh is MISSING as family calls for help

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Family of veteran Gambian journalist Junkunda Daffeh are getting disturbed as one month passes without any trace of their loved one, according to The Standard.

Daffeh, a former journalist who worked for the AP news agency and other international news organizations, disappeared from home since beginning of May and has since not returned after persistent searches conducted by the family, The Standard reported on Monday.

Kemo Conteh, a family member said one month has gone by since Daffeh went missing without trace or any information regarding his whereabouts, according to The Standard.

He added that the matter is reported to the police but no progress has been made, according to The Standard.

The family is seeking the support of the public on any information about him, to contact numbers 236 6475 or 373 0077 or 2484149.

FM Tangara tells Africa summit Barrow government ‘understood’ reform programmes need to be implemented

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By Lamin Njie

The Government of President Adama Barrow in ushering a democratic dispensation in The Gambia understood that reform programmes need to be implemented to transform the democratic credentials of the country, Dr Mamadou Tangara has told a high-level African summit.

“The country has since 2017, introduced reform programmes particularly for the security and judiciary sectors,” the foreign affairs minister said during the Africa Day virtual conference on Silencing the Guns in Africa on Monday.

The foreign affairs minister added: “This is done in recognition of the correlation between the entrenched respect for human right and rule of law and, the discipline of the institutions tasked to defend and implement these values and ethos.

“It is on this basis that the Gambia Government with the support of the United Nations conceived and implemented Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC), Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and an SSR Programme.

“Important milestones have been made in the implementation of these national programmes supported by partners among them the African Union.”

GTBoard staff placed on half salary as Hamat declares ‘I’m acting as a responsible minister’

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By Lamin Njie

The entire GTBoard staff have been asked to stay home with their salary slashed by half after coronavirus ravaged the country’s tourism.

The decision came into effect Monday 1 June. It will remain this way for the next six months until something changes.

Tourism Minister Hamat Bah told The Fatu Network he acted ‘responsibly’ as a minister in reaching the decision.

“It’s my power to approve budget and I approved the budget based on no revenue for GTBoard. Tourism is dead. Not one single penny is going to GTBoard, where are they getting it?

“I took certain measures to cut cost. This is taxpayer’s money. I don’t send anybody on redundancy, I don’t send anybody on leave without pay. I said, ‘stay home, you’ll be paid half salary’. You will be paid half salary and park your vehicle. No cost to the board,” Mr Bah said.

He then added: “I am acting as a responsible minister. I’m making sure that I save them and save the institution.

“That they are not redundant and the law gives me right to redundant them because they are not getting any revenue. Tourism is dead.

“The hotels have sent all their staff on redundancy, all the bars have sent their staff on redundancy. Tourism is at ground zero and they are part of the tourism fraternity. Who are they to continue earning full salary when we don’t have the money?”

MLS DEATH: Touma Njie pans Gambia government over its silence

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Banjul South National Assembly Member Touma Njie has expressed frustration at the Gambia government’s silence in the death of Momodou Lamin Sisay.

Sisay, 39, died in the US state of Georgia last Friday following a shooting involving police.

His death has caused rage among some Gambians. Some are planning to stage a protest in front of the US Embassy in Banjul.

Touma Njie wrote on his official Facebook page today on the issue but hers is with the government.

She said: “Again, as I keep saying , it is the corruption and personal interest that is Killing us in Africa .

“Days after the gunning down of a fellow compatriot in the US, we are yet to hear from the Government of The Gambia and yet we have a ministry for Foreign Affairs and Gambians Abroad. Who are they here for?”

We are Going to Protest against Racism and Police Brutality against Blacks in America!

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Tomorrow Monday June 1 we will apply for a permit to the Inspector General of Police to provide security for a peaceful assembly in front of the US Embassy on Kairaba Avenue. The protest is planned for Monday June 8 at 10am. We will converge in silence. We will stand on one knee like Colin Kaepernick to symbolize our mourning and condemnation of the acts of violence meted out to Blacks in the US by the police. By 10:30am we will hand over a signed petition to the Ambassador and then peacefully disperse. You can sign the petition if you come to the protest site.

We will ensure social distancing and we urge all to donate and bring face masks, water buckets and soap and hand sanitizers in respect of the state of emergency regulations.

Why are we protesting?

It was White People from Europe and America who got up on their own to come to Africa hundreds of years ago to forcefully kidnap our ancestors and then carry them into slavery in the Americas against their will. Kunta Kinteh never asked to be made a slave. The kings and people of Niumi never invited White People to visit their village to kidnap Kunta Kinteh. Rather slavery was the imagination and invention of White People and it was Europe and the United States that emerged successful from slavery. The people of Juffureh, Niumi, The Gambia and the entire Africa only lost and became weak socially, economically and politically because of slavery.

Kunta Kinteh and his descendants worked all their lives in the United States to build the country and its vast economy to what it is today, for free. Our Ancestor Kunta was never paid for his labour. Even when the US President Abraham Lincoln declared in 1863 that he had freed the slaves, the US Government until today has failed to pay back its Black citizens their fair share or uphold and protect their rights. Even the promise of forty acres and a mule that the US Government said it would give to each and every Black person since 1865 until today the US Government has failed to fulfill that promise.

Yet after 244 years of the US Declaration of Independence in which US Founding Fathers declared that all human beings are created equal and endowed with the inalienable rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, the fact remains that African Americans are not treated as such. Look into the social, economic and political indicators in terms of access to power, leadership, resources, wealth, education, healthcare, housing and voice and you will find Black People are disproportionately lower than Whites. Why? Look into the prisons of the US and you will find Black People forming the overwhelming majority. Look into the number of people killed by police brutality and you will find more Blacks being unnecessarily killed than any other group of US citizens. Why?

Therefore, as Africans on the continent we are going to protest this unfair, unjust, illegal and oppressive treatment of our kith and kin in America. It is high time that each and every African in the continent of Africa makes the issue of America a personal and a national issue. Not just because African Americans are our blood kith and kin but also because we have millions of fellow continental Africans living in the United States. And they have not been spared as we have seen in the murder of Momodou Lamin Sisay few days ago as well as the murder of Amadou Diallo from Guinea in New York in 1999 just to mention a few.

Above all the struggle for independence for African countries was initiated and spearheaded by African Americans more than 100 years ago – well before Kwame Nkrumah, EF Small, Amilcar Cabral and Nelson Mandela and our Patriotic Leaders came onto the scene. African Americans have always been in the forefront and have died in the fight against colonialism and imperialism in Africa because they know that the destiny of Africa is intertwined with the destiny of the Black Man and Woman in America. Read your history to know.

If America touts itself as the beacon of democracy and champion of human rights in the world, then we expect the United States to practice what it preaches. We have even seen the United States Government wage wars and impose sanctions on several countries around the world in the name of defending human rights and democracy. Yet inside America itself that same Government continues to blatantly kill its own Black citizens with impunity. This is unacceptable.

We must therefore raise an international attention to what is happening in America just as America is raising international attention to human rights violations in other countries of the world. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. America cannot claim human rights for the rest of the world yet in its own backyard it is committing gross human rights violations. That is hypocrisy that must be confronted by the rest of the world, and Africans in particular must be in the lead against such hypocrisy because it is our people who are the victims.

Therefore, we are going to request a police permit to embark on a peaceful protest in front of the US Embassy on Kairaba Avenue to submit a petition to the US Ambassador. We want to demand that the US Government enforce its own Constitution, uphold its own Declaration of Independence of 1776 and implement all of its civil rights act to protect the lives and dignity of Black People. We demand that the US Government investigates the murder of Momodou Lamin Sisay and George Floyd and Breonna Tayler and all victims of police brutality and hold all those officers responsible accountable. Above all, we demand the US Government to immediately put a complete end to institutionalized racism against African Americans in all spheres of life and society.

Stand up for your sons, daughters, brothers and sisters in the United States. We are one!

…………………………………………….

Madi Jobarteh

Skype: madi.jobarteh

Twitter: @jobartehmadi

LinkedIn: Madi Jobarteh

Phone: +220 9995093

 

Protest looms in Gambia over Momodou Lamin Sisay US death

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By Lamin Njie

A group of Gambians are mobilising for a peaceful protest in front of the US Embassy in Banjul over the death of Gambian Momodou Lamin Sisay.

Sisay, 39, was shot and killed by police in Georgia, United States on Friday. Police there said he engaged them in a shootout.

His death has ignited appreciable anger in The Gambia, coming as protests rocked US over the fatal arrest of black man George Floyd.

Madi Jobarteh who is proving to be the man behind the protest said in a Facebook post today: “Tomorrow Monday June 1 we will apply for a permit to the Inspector General of Police to provide security for a peaceful assembly in front of the US Embassy on Kairaba Avenue. The protest is planned for Monday June 8 at 10am. We will converge in silence.

“We will stand on one knee like Colin Kaepernick to symbolize our mourning and condemnation of the acts of violence meted out to Blacks in the US by the police. By 10:30am we will hand over a signed petition to the Ambassador and then peacefully disperse. You can sign the petition if you come to the protest site.

“We will ensure social distancing and we urge all to donate and bring face masks, water buckets and soap and hand sanitizers in respect of the state of emergency regulations.”

The world’s new Covid-19 epicenter could be the worst yet

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For months, Latin America watched the rest of the world suffer as the coronavirus spread. It is a spectator no longer.

“This is the new epicenter,” said Dr. Marcos Espinal, director of communicable diseases at the Pan American Health Organization.

Months after emerging from a relatively obscure Chinese province, the eye of this viral storm has firmly landed in Latin America.

There are roughly 920,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 50,000 deaths across the region’s 33 countries, but those numbers are fast on the rise.

As new deaths and cases fall in the United States, Europe and Asia, Latin America now stands as the world’s sole region where the outbreak is unequivocally reaching new heights.

“In many ways this is no surprise,” said Dr. Ana Diez Roux, dean of Drexel University’s School of Public Health. “It was predictable that this was going to happen.”

In conversations with eight different experts, including a former head of state, epidemiologists and top researchers on the region, there is wide agreement that faulty government response coupled with Latin America’s unique economic and public health situation led to the severity of the current outbreak.

The experts were also nearly unanimous in the view that things are likely to get worse.

How we got here

Latin America recorded its first confirmed case in February, when a 61-year-old man tested positive in São Paulo, Brazil after returning from a trip to Italy.

For weeks afterward, things seemed to be under control. Case totals in the region crept only marginally higher. The first death wouldn’t be recorded until March 7 in Argentina.

But some already suspected there would be tragedy to come.

In a March 19 op-ed for the New York Times, Miguel Lago, a Brazilian public health expert, wrote that Latin America was not prepared for the virus and that the region might eventually become worse than Europe.

“[Latin America] could become the biggest victim of Covid-19 if health authorities and governments… do not take immediate actions.”

His words would prove prescient. By the middle of May, Latin America was reporting higher daily case total increases than both the United States and Europe.

Brazil would surge past Italy, the United Kingdom and Russia to record the second highest number of cases in the world.

A global shortage of tests and some countries’ reluctance to mass test have also raised doubts about whether cases and deaths are being accurately counted in the region.

“[The official numbers] provide a false sense of security. The number of cases is not showing close to the magnitude of the problem,” said Dr. Espinal. (CNN)

MADI JOBARTEH – COMMENTARY: US Police Brutality has arrived on Gambian Shores! Time to Act.

By Madi Jobarteh

We are deeply saddened at the news of the shooting to death of a Gambian youth Momodou Lamin Sisay today by the US Police even as we continue to grieve the senseless, deliberate and racist murder of George Floyd by the same US Police. As usual the US Police has come up with their narrative that they came under fire from Momodou and so in the exchange our boy was killed. False!

I reject this narrative 100% which is nothing but the same typical pattern of fabrications that the US Police are notorious of spreading anytime they kill Africans. Once again they victimize the victim! For that matter we demand the release of the police videos to show exactly what happened to Momodou.

At this moment, Gambian activists in the United States are actively engaged on this matter. They are seeking the support of lawyers to ask the courts to make the police release their videos publicly as well as have human rights organizations raise the issue across the nation.

In the Gambia let us raise the issue as well. Let us demand the Gambia Government to summon the Ambassador of the United States to State House to make it clear to him in no uncertain terms the painful grieve and deep concern of the people and Government of the Gambia for the killing of Momodou.

Let our Government make it clear to the US Government our uncompromising stance for justice for Momodou and George Floyd and all those victims of US Police Brutality. Let our Government make it clear to the US Government’s representative in Banjul that we will not tolerate Gambians and African Americans being killed by the US Police with impunity.

Furthermore, let us make our political parties to speak up. America is NOT the Almighty. Let us reject that sense of helplessness and small and poor nation mentality that America is a huge and invincible super power that we cannot do anything about. Let all political parties in Africa begin to act like governments and leaders and take a proactive and definitive stance on fundamental issues affecting African lives across the world.

Let all governments in Africa stand up and speak with one voice that the blatant, indiscriminately and racist attack on our kith and kin in the United States will never go unnoticed and unchecked.

In the name of Kunta Kinteh and Olaudah Equiano and millions of our ancestors of blessed memory who were forcefully removed from Africa to be enslaved in the Americas, let us defend our brothers and sisters in South American, Latin America, Mexico, United States and Canada. We have a duty to stand for them!

Finally, be informed that there are efforts being planned right now to stage a peaceful protest against US Police Brutality against Blacks in America in front of the US Embassy on Kairaba Avenue. You shall be informed as we gather news and progress.

Stand up for the rights and dignity of your people. Today!

Africans for Africans Worldwide!

Gambian shot and killed in US as his father says he was pious ‘somebody’ who abhored violence

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By Lamin Njie

A 39-year-old Gambian has died in the US State of Georgia after a reported police shootout on Friday.

Momodou Lamin Sisay was killed after a shooting that happened on Temple Johnson Road near Pate Road in Snellville, Georgia, according to local media.

Father of the 39-year-old told The Fatu Network while his family is not accepting or disputing the narrative police in Georgia are pushing, they intend to do their own investigation into the circumstances surrounding Momodou’s death.

“The narrative that is being given by the police is that it was a routine traffic stop. Now, from a routine traffic stop you now get to a point they’re claiming he was armed, he brandished a weapon and based on that they called several other SWAT cars,” Lare Sisay, a UN diplomat told The Fatu Network.

He added: “They literally walked towards the car and since this officer reported that he brandished a weapon, they made no attempts to frisk him, to ask him to come out of the vehicle or to say drop your weapon. They just shot. Multiple shots were fired and he died on the spot.

“We’re not saying we accept or dispute the narrative but we want to wait until the autopsy report is out and we do our own investigation. We will do an independent autopsy and we want to get a private investigator to investigate the circumstances of his death and if necessary hire a lawyer to sue the Georgia state police. We’re not going to let it go.

“[I spoke with him] just a few days ago. He’s a very pious somebody, goes to the mosque and prays and even when he was in school, he wasn’t into any sort of trouble that I am aware of. So to say that he has a gun… This is sombody who abhors violence, he does not like violence of any kind.”

Momodou’s slaying comes as US descends into chaos following the fatal arrest of black man George Floyd, which has thrust back to the fore a fresh conversation on how blacks are treated in the country.

Police activated as New Yundum sits on land timebomb

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By Lamin Njie

Riot police descended on New Yundum on Saturday as natives toured a land area they say was being illegally taken from them.

The people of New Yundum have accused the government of orchestrating a wicked plot to seize their land after initially making them believe the land would be reserved for developmental purposes.

The town through its VDC on Thursday issued a statement drawing the attention of Gambians and ‘by extension the Government of The Gambia in particular the Ministry of Lands and the Members of the National Assembly of our utmost dismay, disappointment and frustration of the unlawful allocations of plots belonging to the community of New Yundum to government officials and in particular the Honourable members of the National Assembly of The Gambia’.

“We truly find this regrettable and utterly unease of how insensitive our own Public officials more so National Assembly Members could venture into such act of rubbing the very people they are to serve genuinely. We wonder where we will end up as a country when the apex law making body is bent on such a dubious activity without considering the plight of the very people who elected them into position,” the people of the town said in their statement.

The people of the town on Saturday toured the land in question.

“Usually we do go there for observation to see whether there is any new development. So we realised that there is development at the reserve land so what we did is we consulted the community to go there and find out,” an official of the VDC told The Fatu Network.

He added: “During that process, we met the paramilitary were there, I think two or three vehicles fully armed.

“So we went there, we observed the place and we found out there are some real estates. Of course the government also trying to encroach on parts of the other area that was initially allocated to the MPs and other public officcers.

“So that was our reason of going there. So we had this encounter with them. So guided us up to the place, we observed the place and that was it. It was smooth.”

US: Man dead after ‘shootout’ with police – as reports emerge he’s Gambian

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A man has died in the United States after a reported shoot-out with the police, according to reports.

WSBTV 2 reported on Friday the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called to investigate a police shooting involving the Snellville police department and the Gwinnett County police department that left one person dead.

The shooting happened on Temple Johnson Road near Pate Road in Snellville, according to the outlet.

Authorities said it started off as a traffic stop around 4 a.m. and then turned into a chase, the outlet said.

“The driver of the vehicle took off at full-speed and refused to stop,” Snellville police said. “Officers attempted at PIT maneuver on the vehicle, took the vehicle off the roadway.”

The vehicle crashed into the tree line on Temple Johnson Road. Once the vehicle came to a stop, officers approached the car and gave the driver commands but he refused to comply, the outlet reported.

“The subject produced a handgun and began firing at the officers. There was an exchange of gunfire,” Snellville police said.

Snellville police called in a SWAT team from Gwinnett County to assist, according to WSBTV.

“At one point he lifted up his firearm and pointed it at our officers,” Cpl. Michele Pihera with Gwinnett County Police Department said. “One of our officers assigned to the SWAT team fired one round.”

Pihera said right now, they don’t know if that round hit the suspect, but he was later found dead in the car, the outlet said.

Atlanta-based Gambian Banka Manneh said in a Facebook post on Saturday the man involved is Momodou Lamin Sisay.

‘We need more women candidates’: Dr Ceesay says Marie Sock’s emergence will enrich Gambia’s ‘competitive’ political landscape

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By Lamin Njie

Marie Sock’s emergence as a contender for the job of president will enrich The Gambia’s political landscape, according to Dr Ismaila Ceesay.

“Marie Sock joining the race as an independent candidate augurs well for Gambian politics. This will enrich our competitive political landscape. We need more women candidates to come forward and contest for political positions,” the senior political science lecturer at the University of The Gambia tweeted Saturday.

It comes as Sock announced on Saturday she will be joining the race to become the country’s next president.

Gambians will go to the polls in about 16 months to elect a new president. Sock is the first woman to express interest in the job.

On the Death of George Floyd and the Unanswered Questions about Black Lives: Letter to the President

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Dear Donald Trump,

It is 3 AM (GMT) this early Saturday Morning, May 30, as I follow developments regarding the nationwide protests currently being staged as a result of the brutal murder of George Floyd at the hands of your police officers.

Mr. President, certainly the scenes oozing out of downtown Atlanta are quite worrisome as similar scenes evolve across major cities in the United States of America. Truly the land of the free and the home of the brave has not lived up to its bill of rights and liberty as enshrined in the sacred scrolls of the Declaration of Independence. 

As I watch protesters attack the CNN Headquarters in Atlanta, I see the anger and frustration of citizens of your great country across the political and racial divide, all clamouring for the justice that is promised in your nation’s philosophical check book.

Alas! What is happening in America right now would be strange only to those who have no knowledge of the prophesies of the late Martin Luther King Junior who (57 years ago) boldly asserted the inconvenient truth as follows:

 “When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men (My Lord), would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. (My Lord) Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.”

The Donald, it is your misfortune that today (more than ever before), the African race, is ready and eager to demand justice and equality. It falls within the period of your reign that the sons and daughters of the crowd solemnly assembled at the National Monument on that fateful day in 1963, when MLK made that historic speech, stand ready and bold to demand that your federal reserves of justice honour that promissory note and no force on earth can stop this movement.

You have been eccentric, provocative and down right maliciously egocentric, but this is not the time to attempt any egomaniacal shenanigans. You must rise up to the occasion and answer to the call for justice to be delivered in the matter of George Flyod. Your country yearns for leadership and you have woefully failed to rise to the occasion amidst your government’s shambolic approach to the current the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Now, here comes another tragedy on your doorsteps seeking the right mix of legal and sociological answers that would heal and reunite the United States of America. Will you answer to this proverbial 3 A.M phone call that former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton warned all presidential aspirant about? 

Whatever your answer to the foregoing query may be, you are better off doing some genuine soul-searching and broad-based consultation before you hit your twitter handle.

In parting, Mr. President, I refer you to a warning posted to your office more than half a century ago; that mail was addressed to your your office by no less an illumined soul than the reverend  pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, “the price that America must pay for the continued oppression of the Negro and other minority groups is the price of its own destruction. (Yes it is) For the hour is late. And the clock of destiny is ticking out. We must act now before it is too late.”

Please accept the assurances of my highest consideration and esteem.

Momodou Sabally

Former Presidential Affairs Minister and International Speaker, Momodou Sabally is a prolific author and President of the youth mentorship foundation, Sabally Leadership Academy (SLA).

EU lengthens project which would see Gambia women and their children get D1,500

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In light of the continued low scale spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and its unavoidable socio-economic consequences, the European Union has taken the decision to extend the successful Building Resilience through Social Transfers- BReST project being implemented by UNICEF, the National Nutrition Agency NaNA and the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare until end of August 2020, according to a statement by the EU.

BReST is a successful nutrition, social protection and cash transfer project funded by the European Union in the tune of 3 million Euro and implemented by UNICEF that has been benefitting pregnant and lactating mothers with children under the age of two and has been under implementation since 2017.

The statement by EU on Thursday said: “This 3 months extension will allow for a second wave of emergency COVID-19 cash transfers to the most vulnerable households in the project implementing regions of CRR, URR and NBR. In the last few weeks, the EU BReST project already provided a first COVID-19 cash transfers of 1,500 GMD per mother and child pair.

“This second transfer intends to continue supporting the purchase of essential food and hygiene items to combat the spread of COVID-19 using funds from the final remaining financial balance under the project. It shows the commitment of the European Union to ensure EU funds directly reach the people, wherever possible.”

The European Union Ambassador to the Republic of The Gambia, H.E. Attila LAJOS: ”The European Union continues to stand in support of the Gambian people in their efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 and overcome its consequences. In this case, the EU is once again using BReST as the main conduit for cash transfers directly to the people. This project is indeed a working example that could be built on for future social protection systems in The Gambia once the COVID crisis is over.”

‘It’s Barrow who’ll lose his money’: Dodou Jah warns that Barrow will lose his money if he gives it to any official of APRC

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APRC deputy spokesman Dodou Jah on Friday responded to claims President Adama Barrow goes about giving money to top officials of the party.

Mr Jah warned that the officials do not own the party and President Barrow will lose his money if he gives it to them.

“If Barrow takes his money and gives it to the executive, whoever it is, it’s Barrow who would lose his money,” the senior APRC official said on Giss Giss.

He added: “Because the people he gives the money to do not own the party. They were only selected to lead.

“The party is owned by the people and what the people want is what stands. So whatever Barrow gives, he would be the one to lose his money.”

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is charged with the murder and manslaughter of George Floyd

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been taken into custody over the death of black man George Floyd, four days after he was seen kneeling on his neck in a video of his arrest that has sparked violent protests across the country.

The 44-year-old white cop was arrested by state investigators on Friday afternoon, Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington announced.

Chauvin was one of four officers fired over Floyd’s death earlier this week however, Harrington did not provide details on the other three cops.

The state attorney who would oversee any prosecution on state charges, whose home was also the site of protests, is scheduled to provide an update later Friday.

The arrest comes after days of riots and unrest across Minneapolis – and several states – demanding justice for 46-year-old Floyd. (DailyMail)

SOF visits Garawol Kuta nearly three months after Senegalese gendarmerie entered Gambia and shot man

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Defence Minister Sheikh OmAr Faye visited Garawol Kuta Village in the Upper River Region on Wednesday, nearly three months after Senegalese gendarmerie illegally entered The Gambia and shot a Gambian and then fled with him.

Sulayman Trawally was pursued into the country on March 8.

Defence Minister Sheikh Omar Faye (SOF) has now visited the village, nearly three months after the incident.

“The visit was to reassure the great people of Upper River Region and the people of Garawol Kuta in particular that the Government of Mr Adama Barrow has been working tirelessly since 8 March 2020 when the shooting incident occurred and the subsequent arrest of one of our own Mr Sulayman Trawally,” according to a statement by the ministry of defence.

It added: “He (defence minister) assured the people that the Government of the Gambia will never abandon her citizens and the immediate deployment of a patrol team that crossed into Senegal to follow up the case it’s a clear indication that the security forces and the government will never abdicate their responsibilities.

“At the diplomatic level according to him a mediation team has been composed to work out modalities to avoid the reoccurrence of this kind of incident but however the mediation efforts has been marred by this global pandemic Covid-19.”