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What We Need to Learn for This Year’s Polls in Zimbabwe, Cameroon and DR Congo

What We Need to Learn for This Year’s Polls in Zimbabwe, Cameroon and DR Congo

As Zimbabwe, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prepare to hold historic polls in July, October and December respectively, concerns around violence, intimidation and credible electoral processes are rising. In Zimbabwe, incidents of intimidation and threats of violence have been reported ahead of the 30 July election, which will be a test for […]

Major Boost for Digital Rights in the Gambia

Major Boost for Digital Rights in the Gambia

The enjoyment of digital rights has received a major boost in The Gambia with a ruling by the country’s Supreme Court declaring as unconstitutional the law on False Publication on the Internet, among other repressive pieces of legislation, namely defamation and aspects of Sedition. The ruling, which also ordered the Government of The Gambia to […]

Gambia ‘Freezes’ Assets of Former President Yahya Jammeh

Gambia ‘Freezes’ Assets of Former President Yahya Jammeh

Hon. Abubacarr Tambedou, the attorney general and minister of Justice has revealed to journalists that they have obtained a court order freezing or placing a temporary hold on the locally known assets and companies directly associated with former President Yahya Jammeh. He made this revelation and more at a press conference held at his office […]

Senegalese President Lauds Buhari’s Intervention in Gambia

Senegalese President Lauds Buhari’s Intervention in Gambia

President Macky Sall of Senegal has thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his intervention in The Gambian impasse that led to the restoration of democracy in the West African country. President Buhari’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, made this known in a statement yesterday. He stated: “Former President Yahya Jammeh had baulked at handing over power to […]

President Robert Mugabe Suffering From Hayatousis

President Robert Mugabe Suffering From Hayatousis

IN a shock development across the African football landscape, Madagascar’s unheralded football chief Ahmad Ahmad — whose campaign manager was Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa — defeated the Godfather of the soccer continental governing body, Confederation of African Football (Caf), Issa Hayatou, in power for 29 years. Ahmad swept to victory with a commanding 34 votes […]

President Adama Barrow Wants More Senegalese Troops in Gambia

President Adama Barrow Wants More Senegalese Troops in Gambia

The Gambian government has requested that Senegal deploy an extra 1,000 soldiers as part of the regional military force in the country, Gambian President Adama Barrow told RFI in an interview on Wednesday. Barrow met with French President Francois Hollande during a two-day visit to Paris this week that focused on obtaining financial support for […]

Exiled Former President Yahya Jammeh ‘To Take Up Farming Full Time’

Exiled Former President Yahya Jammeh ‘To Take Up Farming Full Time’

Gambia’s exiled former leader Yahya Jammeh has reportedly disclosed plans to take up farming “full time”. Quoting the Jeune Afrique newspaper, a BBC report said that Jammeh was set to go into farming. An unnamed diplomat in Equatorial Guinea was cited as the source of the story, the report said. It was not clear what […]

Remains of Gambian Opposition Activist Solo Sandeng Exhumed

Remains of Gambian Opposition Activist Solo Sandeng Exhumed

Police in The Gambia say they have discovered the body of opposition activist Solo Sandeng, who died in custody during former President Yahya Jammeh’s rule last year. Sandeng led a peaceful opposition march for political reform on April 14, 2016, but died in detention shortly after his arrest by state security agents, unleashing a wave […]

President Adama Barrow Orders Release of 171 Prisoners

President Adama Barrow Orders Release of 171 Prisoners

As The Gambia enters a new era of democracy, President Adama Barrow has reiterated his commitment to ending human rights abuses in the country and ordered the release of all prisoners detained without trial. “Orders have already been given for all those detained without trial to be released,” he said during his official inauguration ceremony […]

Homosexuality Not an Issue in Gambia, Says President Barrow

Homosexuality Not an Issue in Gambia, Says President Barrow

President Adama Barrow has said that homosexuality is not an issue in The Gambia, an act that will send one to prison for life in the country. Barrow made this remark during his meeting with the European Union (EU) delegates on Thursday at the Kairaba Beach Hotel. “Among those who can be charged with “aggravated […]

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