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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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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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How ex-Jammeh ally tortured and killed political opponents

A former key ally of former Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh has admitted to supervising the arrest, torture and killing of opposition politicians and critics of the previous regime. The former army captain Edward Singhateh has narrated harrowing stories of how he arrested, tortured and executed suspected political opponents. According to Singhateh, many critics of Jammeh were arrested and never meant to be kept prisoners but executed. Although in some instances he claimed he didn’t pull his trigger to shoot dead people, he admitted responsibility for those crimes. He has been…

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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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Ex-Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh stole $362 million

The Gambian government has said that Ex-Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh stole $362 million from the state during his 22-year rule. The latest revelations were made public by the government in a report following a commission of inquiry into the presidency of Jammeh. The report said millions of dollars were stolen by Jammeh and his associates during his tenure before he exited power in 2017. The extent of theft under Yahya Jammeh was already known months after he left office. But a commission was set up to probe further and recommend…

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The Gambian media; what’s changed after Jammeh’s exit

The Gambian media for 22 years experienced all forms of harassment, abuses and threats to their work and all took place during the tenure of former President Yahya Jammeh. In 22 years there were reported disappearances and extra judicial killings. Some media outlets were being burnt to ashes, unlawful arrests and detention were the order of the day for journalists who were critical of the government modus operandi under Jammeh era. The Secretary General of the Gambia Press Union Saikou Jammeh testified at the ongoing Truth Reconciliation Commission that, 140…

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Gambia defends release of Jammeh assassins after outrage

Gambia’s government has defended its decision to release three soldiers who worked as assassins for former leader, Yahya Jammeh. Malick Jatta, Omar A Jallow and Amadou Badjie last month confessed taking part in several killings on the orders of Mr. Jammeh. Some of those killings include Gambians and other foreigners including 44 Ghanaian migrants. Many Gambians have been unhappy with the decision which was announced by the attorney General and minister of Justice Abubacarr Ba Tambedou. Families of victims Families of some of the victims of the killings carried out…

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Gambia releases new bank notes without Jammeh’s portrait

Gambia on Tuesday officially released new bank notes that will be without the portrait of the former President Yahya Jammeh. On Monday the Gambian central bank governor, Bakary Jammeh presented copies of the new notes to President Adama Barrow. The notes have now been released to the public through commercial banks. Gambia uses the dalasi and has been in circulation since independence in 1965. Yahya Jammeh who was forced out of office in 2016 use to have his pictures all over Gambia currency banknotes. But in an attempt to wipe…

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Kanilai: The once powerful village in Gambia ‘neglected’

Kanilai is a village in southern Gambia near the border with Senegal. The country’s former President Yahya Jammeh was born in this village which is mostly inhabited by small holder farmers. The village became popular after the 1994 coup that brought Jammeh into power. During the Jammeh regime Kanilai was home to the presidential palace, a wrestling arena, a luxury hotel and a game park and zoo. But life in the village has not been the same since Jammeh lost the December 2016 elections after being in power for 22…

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REVEALED: Yahya Jammeh ordered 2005 murder of 44 Ghanaians

After years of denying ordering the murder of over 56 west african migrants in the Gambia, ex-leader Yahya Jammeh has now been implicated by some of his former soldiers. Two Gambian soldiers who worked for Jammeh’s hit squad on Tuesday admitted to participating on Jammeh’s orders in the 2005 execution of the 56 West African migrants, including 44 Ghanaians. Families of the Ghanaian victims last year launched a campaign with the support of human rights groups to seek justice and bring Jammeh to book. These renewed calls for justice came…

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