Sunday, March 18, 2012

4 Soldiers Out of Jail after Nearly 2-years

Gambia’s High Court in Banjul on Wednesday 14 March ordered the release of four of the five military personnel who have been in detention for 1-year 8 months without any known crime.

Major Wally Nyang, Warrant Officer Bai Lowe, Staff Sergeant Abdoulie Jallow, Lance Corporal Sang Mendy and ex-Lance Corporal Abdoulie were reportedly arrested in June 2010 at the military post at President Jammeh’s home village of Kanilai in the West Coast Region.
They were since then being kept at the central prisons Mile 2 situated at the outskirts of Banjul.
The Gambia Armed Forces had repeatedly denied knowledge of their detention.

Carnegie Minerals is Back in the News

The case involving Charlie Northfield, a Briton standing trial on economic crimes along with his employers, British mining company Carnegie Minerals and Australian listed Astron yesterday proceeded at Gambia’s High Court in Banjul.
Carnegie Minerals had been operating in The Gambia since 1999, digging mineral sands which are sent to China for use in construction.
Mr Northfield and the company however came under fire in 2008 when Gambia government accused them of commercially mining Titanium, Iron ore and Uranium using their license for excavating mineral sands.
Allegedly, the company has made 40 shipments of such minerals without given the true and accurate value to the government and causing a loss of $ US$ 46,516.95.
But Mr Northfield and Carnegie strongly refutes these charges, saying that titanium and iron oxide were components of mineral sands, while uranium was only found in trace elements and could not be economically extracted.

Treason Convict Lebanese Gambian’s Whereabouts Remain Mystery, Despite Appeal Set for Judgement

Yusuf Ezzedeen
Justice Wowo chaired panel of three judges at The Gambia’s appeal court in Banjul is set to deliver judgement on Yusuf Ezzedeen’s appeal against his conviction for treason.
This development came after the chief state prosecutor and Yusuf’s lawyer, Hawa Sisay Sabally adopted their briefs at the Court of Appeal yesterday in Banjul.
The High Court in Banjul on July 15, 2010 sentenced the Lebanese-born Gambian to death, alongside the former chief of defence staff, Lt Gen. Lang Tombong Tamba and six others after they were found guilty on attempting to overthrow the government of President Yahya Jammeh.

Gambian Women I Salute You!

As the world, The Gambia included, commemorated International Women’s Day (IWD) on Thursday March 8, I salute and honor all Gambian women for doing their part in different quarters for the advancement of the country.

Women’s rights activists who work round the clock to defend and promote the rights of women, and to protect them from the very many forms of violations of their rights; and discrimination, I say a big kudos to you.
Rural women who work on the farm all day to put bread on the table amid the steady skyrocketing of food prices in the country, you are excellent and I salute you for your commitment and dedication towards insuring the wellbeing of your families.
Women who spend the whole day at various markets to make sure that they meet the needs of their families, I say a job well done.
Men with increasing interest and contribution towards women’s advancement in our society, I say thank you all.
Women who refused to bow to politics of patronage and end up being used as stooges, and refused to deceive their fellow women, I say keep it up.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Zero Tolerance to FGM Means FGM Should Not Be Tolerated

women calling for end to FGM

Zero tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) means the practice should not be tolerated for any reason, no matter the type, who is doing it and on whom.
FGM which involves the removal of part, or all, of the female genitalia has been recognised as a serious form of violence against women and girls.
The practice should not be allowed to continue under the guise of tradition or religion, leaving many women’s lives miserable.
As GAMCOTRAP joined the rest of the world to commemorate Zero Tolerance Day on FGM, world leaders should acknowledge the bravery of women who have been campaigning for the rights and health of women and their achievements.