Reports reaching Front Page International (FPI) have it that internet connection hit record low speed on Sunday, 23rd February 2014 in The Gambia. This poor connectivity, particularly with the public service provider, Gambia Telecommunications Company (Gamtel) comes bare 5 days after the tiny West African state celebrated her 49 years of independence from Great Britain. In his annual independence message release on Monday 17th February 2014 (independence eve), the president described the independence as a “sham”. Continue reading
EU deplores the inflammatory statement on homosexuality by the President of The Gambia.
Modou S. Joof
The United States of America has said it is “deeply troubled by the hateful rhetoric used by President Jammeh in his National [Independence] Day speech on February 18.”
“All people are created equal and should be able to live free from discrimination, and that includes discrimination based on sexual identity and sexual orientation,” a Wednesday statement by US Department of State stated.
President Jammeh said “homosexuality will never be tolerated and in fact will attract the ultimate penalty, since it is intended to bring vermin called homosexuals or gays, the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively.” Continue reading
The Magistrate Court in Banjul on Wednesday admitted as evidence a copy of The Voice newspaper which bears the political defections article “19 Green Youths joins opposition UDP”.
Last week, defence counsel Lamin S. Camara objected to the copy being admitted as evidence, saying that the prosecutor fails to lay the proper foundation for the paper to be admitted under section 22 of the Evidence Act.
When the case resumes on February 19, Magistrate Lamin Mbaye, presiding, admitted the newspaper as Exhibit A “even if it does not satisfy Section 22 of the Evidence Act.” Continue reading
Says Gambia’s leadership at the time plunge the country deeper into the complete hegemony of the British Empire.
By Modou S. Joof
The Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has reduced to “a sham” his country’s independence that was attained from colonialists Britain on February 18, 1965.
“Our independence was achieved through the hard work of patriotic independence-minded citizens but that independence was a sham,” he said on the eve of The Gambia’s 49th independence anniversary.
This, according to him, is because Gambia’s leadership at the time “plunge our country deeper into the complete hegemony of the British Empire and therefore fail to bring about any significant socio-economic development.”
Following the declaration of independence in 1965, the British Monarch remained the Head of State of The Gambia until April 1970 when the country became a Republic with President Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara its first local Head of State.
By Binta A Bah
One Billion Rising For Justice, an event being held around world turned out a moment filled with emotions and joy under the unnoticed hot and typical African burning sun in The Gambia, demanding justice in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation and domestic violence.
Done in style, The Gambia commemorated the event with a procession and symposium at TANGO offices where hundreds of people: women, men, youth groups, institutions and school children rose up to dance, singing very emotional songs.
One Billion Rising for Justice is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely outside places where they are entitled to justice. Places like courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places. Continue reading
By Binta A Bah
14 February globally, is valentine day; a day when lovers renew their love, commitment but this year women and men in The Gambia will rise together in the largest day of mass action ever to rise for justice.
Children, youth, women and men from all walks of life including people with disabilities, are joining the global determination to end the multiple violence’s, a globally coordinated campaign aimed to call to an end of violence against women and girls, according to GAMCOTRAP, a leading women’s rights organization in the country.
Thousands of One Billion Rising for Justice Events will take place throughout the world. These events are organized and produced by local activists. It’s the day of synchronized action when one billion people in 207 countries will rise for justice. Continue reading
The police in Banjul, the Gambian capital, have made changes on Thursday to charges brought against two journalists.
The Editor-In-Chief of The Voice newspaper Musa S. Sheriff and freelance journalist Sainey MK Marenah earlier denied charges of “conspiracy to commit felony” and “publication of false news”.
On February 13, 2014, the prosecution amended the charges to “conspiracy to commit a misdemeanour” and “false publication”. The journalists have maintained their not guilty plea. Continue reading