Early life and education
Mama Kandeh was born on 12 July 1965. He was a national assembly member and a member of the Pan-African Parliament representing The Gambia.
He is the founding leader of the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) political party which he formed in the summer of 2016. He ran as a candidate in the Gambian presidential election of 2016 and came third with 17.1% of the votes.
He was formerly a member of the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), the then ruling party under former President Yahya Jammeh 22-year rule.
Mama Kandeh is one of six candidates being validated by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for the 4 December 2021 presidential election.