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Gambia: Commission uncovers Yahya Jammeh’s alleged crimes

A Gambian truth commission has heard testimony that former president Yahya Jammeh was responsible for numerous grave crimes during his 22 years in office. Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday that these crimes include ordering the killing and torture of political opponents, the murder of 56 West African migrants, and “witch hunts” in which hundreds of women were arbitrarily detained. Jammeh also allegedly participated in the rape and sexual assault of women brought to him. On December 5, 2019, the Gambia Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (TRRC) will conclude its first year…

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Yahya Jammeh supporters demand his return to Gambia

The campaign for the return of Yahya Jammeh to the Gambia is gathering storm despite moves by the Barrow government to prosecute him. The country’s Justice Minister has hinted that the former president must be charged for stealing over $1 billion and the atrocities he allegedly committed whilst in office. But his sympathizers and supporters of his party the APRC are unperturbed as they push for Jammeh’s return to the country. Ousman Rambo Jatta, the Deputy leader of the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction announced that Jammeh is coming home in…

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Gambia releases draft constitution for public review

Gambians now have the chance to make input into a draft constitution that is to reform the country’s political system and way of life. On Friday the government released the document to the public for discussions and reviews. This is part of ongoing processes to get Gambia a new post-Jammeh era constitution that gives the country a fresher way of doing things. President Adama Barrow took over from former President Yahya Jammeh in 2017 but the country wants to banish any footprint of Jammeh hoping for new beginning. The current…

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Gambia: More women accuse Jammeh of sexual abuse

An anonymous protocol officer has accused former President Yaya Jammeh of sexual harassment during his tenure. The witness said Jammeh gave her $1955 (100,000 Dalasi) in their first meeting. Few months later she was given an appointment letter from the Personnel Management Office as a protocol officer with salary over $117 (6,000 Dalasi). The witness said whenever the former president is visiting his home village of Kanilai they (protocol officers) will escort him. During this period Jammeh will sometimes invite the female protocol officers in turns into his room with the assistance…

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Pictures: How fire destroyed Gambia’s major industrial area

One of Gambia’s major industrial areas outside the capital, Banjul has been destroyed by fire with traders losing millions of dollars’ worth of goods. Many of the traders were left in tears after the fire outbreak which happened on Sunday evening, according to eyewitnesses. Some of the shops that were destroyed by fire. Photo: Facebook/EYE Africa TV Online According to some residents around the industrial area the fire started at a cooking gas store. Firefighters struggled to contain the fire and were only able to finally put it out on…

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Rival Jammeh allies reconcile at truth commission hearing

Two ex-allies of former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh have now reconciled after appearing before the truth and reconciliation commission in Banjul. Former Junta members Sanna Sabbaly and Edward Singhateh who helped Jammeh topple a democratically elected government of Sir Dawda Jawara in 1994 had been bitter rivals for years. Sanna Sabally and Edward Singhateh were both alleged of many atrocities in Gambia after the 1994 coup. Both leaders supervised the killing of eleven (11) soldiers under the commands of former president Yaya Jammeh. Those soldiers were alleged to have attempted…

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Gambian player cleared of ‘double identity’ gets call-up

The Gambian footballer Bakery Jatta was facing a probe from Germany’s football federation the DFB after reports of him having a double identity emerged in August this year. Jatta plays for Hamburg and first arrived in Germany at the age of 16 in 2015. Now 21 there were doubts over his true identity. Germany daily Sport Bild had then reported that Jatta is rather older than his current age of 21. The news outlet reported that Jatta is in fact two and a half years older. Bild reported that Jatta played…

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Gambia: Jammeh ally admits to killing alleged ‘coup plotters’

A former senior Gambian politician has admitted that he played a role in the killings of some soldiers accused of plotting a coup to overthrow former President Yahyah Jammeh. Edward Singhateh told the country’s truth commission that he was responsible for the execution of soldiers accused of the said coup shortly after Jammeh came into power. Singhateh was one of four junior officers who carried out the coup in 1994 that brought Mr Jammeh to power. He said months later 11 soldiers were accused of launching a counter-coup and were…

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Gambia: Talented journalist and activist dies in car crash

A young and talented Gambian journalist, Sise Jaha Sawaneh has reportedly died in a car crash on Wednesday. Sawaneh was a very popular activist for peace and social development in Gambia. The Gambia Press Union said in a statement that she was “involved in a car accident that happened in Kiang and claimed the lives of two others.” The statement said “until her death, Sise worked as a reporter at the Gambia Radio and Television Services. She previously worked at various media organisations, including The Standard, Today Newspaper and Star…

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Gambia: Jammeh’s party demands return of seized assets

The party of former President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh is demanding the return of seized assets it said did not belong to the former leader. Fabakary Tombong Jatta, the interim leader of the APRC party told journalists on Thursday that the government of the Gambian must return the assets seized from the party immediately. Mr Jatta also demanded that the government releases bank accounts belonging to the party since they didn’t belong to Yaya Jammeh. Many assets belonging to Yahya Jammeh have been seized by the state pending auctioning since…

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