ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! GAMBIA REVENUE AUTHORITY HAS BEEN ASSIGNED BY STATE HOUSE TO DEPOSIT D208,000,000.00 TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHT MILLION DALASIS EVERY WEEK INTO THE EMPTY GOVERNMENT COFFERS OR FACE JAIL TIME!!! THIS ORDER CAME SOON AFTER YAHYA JAMMEH’S FIRE WORKS AND MERRY MAKING TO CELEBRATE HIS BIRTH OF FICTION WITH COOKED UP DATES AT COCOA OCEAN HOTEL. THE NOOSE IS TIGHTENING ON THE SON OF FILTH WHO SUCCEEDED IN DEPLETING OUR NATIONAL COFFERS AND DEPOSITED ALL OF IT INTO LOCAL BANKS, THE REST IN OFF SHORE BANKS, INCLUDING PANAMA. HIM AND HIS BUTTERFLY WIFE ARE GAMBIA’S FERDINAND MARCOS AND MATHILDA MARCOS OF PHILIPPINES. THAT IS IF THE LATTER ARE NOT BETTER THAN THEM! IF YOU CAN RECALL I HAVE BEEN MENTIONING PALETTES OF DOLLARS FROM PANAMA WHICH WERE LAUNDERED VIA THE DEFUNCT CONTINENT BANK BUT AT THE TIME IT WAS LIKE A FAIRY TALE FOR MANY. I HAVE ALSO BEEN MENTIONING ACCOUNT NUMBER ENDING WITH 11704 AT THE SAME BANK. MURAD BEIZID FORMER MANAGER OF THE BANK SHOULD SPEAK UP NOW OR HE WILL BE MADE TO SPEAK UP WHEN THE BELLS OF CHANGE TOLL. CONTINENT BANK WENT BANKRUPT AND TO DATE GAMBIAN TEACHERS WHO OPENED ACCOUNTS THERE ARE YET TO BE PAID WHAT THE BANK OWES THEM. WITH ALL THAT NO ONE DARES SUE THE BANK BECAUSE A MAFIOSI NETWORK HEADED BY THE ARMED BANDIT AT STATE HOUSE IS BEHIND IT. AS REFERENCED ABOVE GRA GAMBIA REVENUE AUTHORITY HAS BEEN ASSIGNED TO PRODUCE TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHT MILLION DALASIS EVERY MONTH THEY ARE SPENDING SLEEPLESS NIGHTS CAUSE BUSINESSES ARE CLOSING AND MAJOR COMPANIES THAT BELONG TO YAHYA AND HIS WIFE NEVER PAY TAXES. JUST IMAGINE HOW BUSINESS WILL BE IN THE GAMBIA IN THE COMING WEEKS AS THE REMAINING ENTERPRISES WHO WERE YET TO RELOCATE WILL BE PACKING UP SOON. PRICES OF GOODS WILL BE HIGH. ONE OF THE MAIN CAUSES IS THAT BEFORE CHARGES FOR A 1X20 CONTAIINER OF GARMENTS WAS D45,000.00. YESTERDAY GRA AUTOMATICALLY INCREASED IT TO D65,000.00. MINISTER NENEH,MCDOLL GAYE WAS HEARD ON SENEGALESE TVS TALKING ABOUT RAMADAN, HYPOCRITICALLY SAYING IT IS A MONTH OF MERCY WITH THE INTENTION OF WINNING OVER THE MINDS OF THE LOCAL POPULATION IN THE NEIGHBORING COUNTRY. NOW WE WANT HER TO REDIRECT THE SAME APPEAL TO YAHYA JAMMEH IN RESPECT OF THE ABOVE TARIFFS THAT WERE INCREASED AFTER HER TRIP. INDEED GAMBIANS WILL FEEL A FATAL WAVE OF ECONOMIC HARDSHIP BEFORE ENTERING INTO A BLOODY CIVIL WAR!!! WE SHALL SEE WHERE IT ALL ENDS INSHAA ALLAH. Essa Bokarr Sey
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ALARM SENT FROM SATELLITE!!! DRONE FLIES OVER GAMBIA AND FILMS IMAGES OF SARE BOJO TO EXPOSE ILLEGAL SMUGGLING AT ONE OF THE NERVE CENTERS FOR NEVA TIMBER TRAFFICKING A PRECIOUS WOOD WHOSE EXPLOITATION IS PROHIBITED IN SENEGAL. ALI AIDAR ENVIRONMENTALIST AND FORMER SENEGALESE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT POINTS HIS FINGER AT YAHYA JAMMEH’S REGIME AND ACCUSES THE SENEGALESE GOVERNMENT IN PLACE FOR INACTION AGAINST THE GAMBIA GOVERNMENT. INDEED THE CRIME IS BEING COORDINATED BY BANJUL’S CARTEL IN COLLABORATION WITH CHINESE LUMBER JACKS!!! WORSE DAYS LIE AHEAD BETWEEN YAHYA JAMMEH’S GOVERNMENT AND THE SENEGALESE STATE. ALPHA AND OMEGA OF THE SCENARIO IS WHO, WHAT AND HOW OF THE DRONE’S INVOLVEMENT. DIDN’T I TELL GAMBIANS LESS THAN 72 HOURS AGO THAT THE SO CALLED REOPENING OF THE BORDER IS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE? TIME WILL REVEAL THE REST. Click on the link below to see original story in French with satellite images. Translated and Shared By Essa Bokarr Sey. TRANSLATION FOR EASE OF REFERENCE. Sare Bodjo, Gambian village located one kilometer from the Senegalese border, is one of the nerve centers for neva timber traffic. A precious wood whose exploitation is prohibited in Senegal but is yet massively exported to China where it supplies the furniture industry. Images filmed by a drone over the village and made public Thursday, May 26 by Haidar El Ali, former minister of Senegalese environment, demonstrate the extent of the looting. The environmental activist accuses the Senegalese government of inaction and the authoritarian regime Gambian of complicity with Chinese smugglers.
SIDIA’S FATHER THE LATE ALHAJI BUNJAR BAYO LIVED AND DIED FOR GAMBIA. THE LATE BUNJAR IS ONE OF THOSE WHO REFUSED TO RALLY BEHIND THE APRC FROM THE FIRST HOUR AND I KNOW HOW DETERMINED HE WAS. ALTHOUGH HE WAS IN THE OPPOSITION WHILE I WAS AMBASSADOR IN FRANCE ALHAJI BUNJAR MET ME AND ENTERTAINED ME WITH A SPECIAL LUNCH AT HIS HOUSE. HE WAS A GAMBIAN FIRST BEFORE BEING A MANDINKA AND A POLITICIAN LAST. SO LET US LISTEN TO HIS SON AS HE MUST HAVE INHERITED SOME VIRTUES FROM HIS FATHER. I DO NOT BELONG TO ANY GROUP, ANY MOVEMENT OR POLITICAL PARTY. THAT SAID, LET ME CATEGORICALLY MAKE IT CLEAR THAT ANY PERSON OR GAMBIAN WHO BRINGS AN IDEA BEFORE ME I WILL LISTEN. Shared By Essa Bokarr Sey.
By Flex Dan Three Gambian youths namely; Lamin Marigo (Comes), Lamin Sey (L-Tigo) and Pa Landing Jobe have been reported missing in The Gambia since May 9th around 6:30 in the evening. Credible reports from concerned friends and family members indicate that all three youths, in their late 20’s were last seen outside Ousainou Darboe’s residence in Pipeline where they were picked up by Gambian Security Personnel. To date the young men have been held for 17 days, exceeding the 72 hours constitutional limit. In response close friends and family members are demanding for their immediate release. All three have been described as responsible hard working youths. Concerned friends are also campaigning for their immediate release and if they have indeed fallen foul of the law, they should be formally charged in court. Lamin Marigo pictured in the first photo below, is a 28 year old male commonly known asComes. Recently married Marigo, a videographer and editor by profession is of Mandinka descent from Latrikunda. He’s family members raise heightened concerns that he suffers from asthma and has an acute breathing problem. This underlines the urgent need for his immediate release as prison conditions are often unsuitable for detainees with any medical conditions, especially asthma. Authorities are hereby reminded of their duty to ensure access to adequate medical facilities for his wellbeing. Lamin Sey pictured in the second photo below is a 28 year old Fula male with a Mandinka lineage. Commonly known as L-Tigo, he is fluent in English, Wollof, Mandinka and Fula. Sey is his family’s bread winner and a responsible businessman with employees. Sey an established tailor by trade runs a tailoring shop in Serrekunda, Bundung area with employees working under him. Sey’s mum suffers from common illness (heebon) and he is the sole carer for her wellbeing. Pa Landing Jobe pictured in the third photo below is a 27 year old businessman from Talingding. His family members are very concerned and worried about his wellbeing as he constantly suffers from air shortage resulting in airlock. On May 25th Gambian based news outlet Foroyaa published an editorial that families of arrestees are searching for their loved ones. This editorial states that keeping family members in unknown places is a “gross violation of section 19 of the Constitution”. Foroyaa has been publishing editorials of enforced disappearances for years now which the government continues to ignore with impunity. Gainako’s Youth activist Flex Dan said “Family members cannot expect the government to feed and keep their loved ones safe as duty-bound in the constitution. It is a constitutional right of every family member to have access to their loved one. Since the state often provides poor food to prisoners it is incumbent on family members; to take their loved ones food, demand for access to medical attention and for their quick release. Looking at past cases the longer people are held incommunicado the more difficult it can be to trace them.” Recently exiled Gambian rapper activist Jerreh Badgie “Retsam” lamented on the issues facing Gambian Youths. “My generation is either taking the back way or in illegal detention with no second chances for simply exercising their fundamental rights. This could happen to your father, brother or cousin. So it’s up to everyone to say no to illegal detention by speaking out. Family members must be devastated by this ongoing situation and we’re equally concerned for their wellbeing. We can’t afford to sit down and watch this repression continue for too long, we demand for their immediate release!” In a Facebook post by another exiled Gambian rapper activist Ali Cham “Killa Ace” he vents his disapproval at the news of their incommunicado detention. “Who’s going to be next, and when will this madness stop? Fire in my heart, more rage, more reasons why we lost hope in the system. #FreeDem”
The closure took place when The Gambia increased its tariff on ferry crossing from 4000 CFA (equivalent to D300) to 400,000 CFA (equivalent to D28,000). In reaction, Senegalese commercial trucks and other vehicles, through the recommendations of their transport union, decided to boycott the Gambian routes and started using their eastern Senegal routes. During the three-month standoff, the population of the two countries including neighbouring countries suffered a lot, which resulted in gross revenue losses between the two countries. On May 15 this year, the authorities of Senegal and The Gambia met in Dakar to iron out their differences, and did agree on a 38-point proposal to foster relations between the two countries. Alhagie Mansour Ndire, the spokesperson of the transport union, told the press: “We respect the decision of our government by agreeing to reopen the border. We complained to the Senegalese authorities about the high increment of tariff on ferry crossing, which has now been resolved and returned to the previous price of D300.” He added: “Whenever we encounter the problem again, we will report to our authorities and they will take action.” It should be noted that since March this year The Gambia had reduced the fee of the ferry crossing, and took it back to the previous 4,000 CFA (equivalent to D300), as well as reopened its border, but Senegal continued to maintain the border closure. In a related development, equipment and building materials arrived at Banjul ports on Monday, for the construction of the Trans-Gambia bridge, and work will now commence in earnest, official sources said. Foundation laying for the construction of the bridge started about two years ago. The bridge, which is 942 in length with a concrete navigation area of 70 meters wide and 15.5 meters high, is being financed by the African Development Bank (ADB) to the tune of D4 billion. Source : Thepoint
Halifa Sallah, PDOIS leader An opposition candidate in the forthcoming Gambian elections has condemned President Yahya Jammeh’s threats to bury his critics and opponents ‘nine feet deep’. Halifa Sallah of the People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) said peace and war are not bred through lectures but are nurtured through actions. Last week while addressing party supporters during his Meet the People’s tour in Farafenni, Mr Jammeh in reaction to protest against his rule by the main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), threatened to kill anyone trying to cause political instability in the country. Mr Jammeh said the protesters are nothing but a bunch of troublemakers who are being used by the West to cause chaos. “Let me warn those evil vermins call oppositions. If you want to destabilise this country, I will bury you nine-feet deep and no westerner will dare say anything, let make that very clear to you,” Mr Jammeh said. “You have a right to join any political party and you can vote for anyone you want. But nobody have a right to join a group of hate mongers and backward vermins that hate themselves and hate Africa. “They are slaves to the West and they want to destabilise this country. If you join that group, you will regret why you were born on the face of this earth.” But Halifa Sallah said instead of issuing threats, the current political situation needs sober thinking on all sides in order to draw valuable lessons aimed at remedying the ills and averting any reoccurrence. “The threat of sending opponents nine feet deep into the ground, even if intended for those accused of nurturing the aim to overthrow a government, is not appropriate in the current context of the 14th and 16th April incidents,” Mr Sallah told the opposition Foroyaa newspaper. “Peace and war are not bred through lectures but are nurtured through actions. President Yahya Jammeh A head of state should not make inflammatory remarks during presidential tours. In my view, the events of 14th and 16th April should not warrant the issuing of any threats from the authorities of the state.” Mr Sallah said the UDP protesters who took to the streets on 14th and 16th April were unarmed when they were set upon by the security officers. He added: “This was why it took minutes to disperse and arrest them. The arrestees of 16th April held each other’s arms and had the national flag in their hands before being dispersed and arrested. “The UDP leadership, traumatised by the news of death which they believed to be true, took to the street as a show of concern. It is reasonable and justifiable to assert that where conscience dictates action criminality should not be alleged.” The PDOIS leader called on stakeholders to make concerted effort to facilitate the discharge and release of the detained UDP protesters and the conduct of a diligent investigation into allegations of disappearance or torture. Reacting to calls by some Gambians in the diaspora for an uprising against the regime, Mr Sallah said: “Leaders who are driven to the extremities of vengeance against opponents in reaction to scarecrow tactics cannot be seen to be equal to the task of leadership. Reaction should always be proportionate to real and visible threat. Reaction to imagined threat is unsettling in effect… “Gambians abroad who engage in war mongering without combat preparedness only succeed in transforming those under their command into fodders for rifles, bayonets, tear gas and truncheons. They should know that it is not a sign of bravery to take warlike postures when they are not armed and psychologically prepared for war.” Source : jollofnews
News just in highlighting that, protesters Legal defence team Decline to Travel to Mansakonko for the April 14 protest hearing today. The issue of disagreement is about Jurisdiction of the alleged crime. The incident did not happen in Mansakonko territory. The Chief Justice is said to be already notified by the defence lawyers and the state has to leave the case in the Jurisdiction where protest happen or prosecute without lawyers. Are Gambian Lawyers shaking the legal system also? People want them to adopt the Universal style of doing briefings after each hearing. That will elevate the crowds in a highly politically motivated. One of the lead lawyers in the case confirmed to Kairo News that “we will not travel to Mansakonko for the case.” In a post-Jammeh era there will be lots of systematic institutional changes in all spheres of governance and law…so this is a step in the right direction. Supporters of the April 14 and 16 protesters will travel to Banjul High court today for the hearing. Gambian lawyers are accused of pomposity, detachment from the ordinary person and difficult to communicate when needed by clients. In post-dictatorship, many modernisation has to take place to bring our legal institution to modern standard. The Lawyers are providing a pro-bono service for all the protesters which is a welcome development in the Gambia. Transferring of the case is the government’s calculated decision to drain the energy and resources out of the opposition. However, one United Democracy Party activist said this would have provided publicity to the case upcountry. “I would have loved to see our provincial people get involved in their own areas. We will always stand with our heroes no matter what,” the activist wrote. Kiangkas and Jarrankas may not be needed at Mansakonko today since all the defense lawyers decline the state’s request to transfer the to Mansakoko. Unless something change in the coming hours the trial up country will not take place. Ends Source : Kaionews
Reports are coming to Foroyaa indicating missing relatives who are believed to have been arrested on the 9 May 2016 and are now kept in unknown places in gross violation of section 19 of the Constitution. Justice is done and is seen to be done if there is no impunity. Any disregard of the Constitution to the level of causing people to disappear amounts to impunity in matters of governance. The State has a duty to protect its unarmed citizens. Any failure to do so renders leaders unfit to govern. All leaders are fit to govern only if they have respect for the people who pay the taxes and ensure that disciplined forces are paid and fed. Power is connected with, dependent on and determined by the will of the absolute majority. Leaders who fail to respect it are destined to be removed and replaced by leaders who have respect for it. Source : Foroyaa
GAMBIA’S MINISTRY OF TOURISM, A WEB OF CORRUPTION, FAVORITISM AND NEPOTISM ON FIRE!!! PARLIAMENT’S PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE CLEARED GAMBIA TOURISM BOARD AFTER KNOWING FULLY WELL THAT THE AUDIT REPORT THEY CHOSE TO SET ASIDE REVEALED THE CONTRARY. THE MINISTER OF TOURISM BENJAMIN OAKS ROBERT’S CAR LOAN OF D300,000.00 WAS ERASED FROM THE FINAL REPORT SUBMITTED AT THE ASSEMBLY, A LOAN HE HAD NEVER SERVICED UNTIL HIS APPOINTMENT. HE CAN DO SO BECAUSE HE IS ONE OF JAMMEH’S SACRED COWS! Investigated, Analyzed and Shared By Essa Bokarr Sey. INTRODUCTION. Before we go any further I want institutions like the World Bank, African Development Bank and IMF to be extremely careful in the way they are dealing with The Gambia goverment! Loans and grants being discussed and disbursed to this gang of armed bandits calling itself a government must be frozen as the beneficiaries are instead being treated like paupers under a government that hates being maintained within checks and balances. One of the arteries of the country’s heart economically speaking is the tourism industry right? In this article many Gambians and foreign experts who were hired to handle the following will be shocked. The tourism industry has been crippled and it will take long time before it can recover! Of course not under Yahya Jammeh! END SPECIAL REPORT ON THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM, A MINISTRY THAT SHOULD CAUSE THE IMMEDIATE REMOVAL OF YAHYA JAMMEH AND CHARGE HIM WITH ECONOMIC CRIMES. HE IS THE MASTERMIND OF ALL THESE SHORT COMINGS. HE STEALS SO WOULD HIS SACRED COWS. Gambia tourism board or GTB was cleared by the so called public accounts committee at parliament, indeed out of incompetence or not being able to pay attention to details. Both are expected from bodies like the former who are charged with the responsibility of urging public servants to be accountable. Where those who are expected to instill discipline are negligent and corrupt what else remains other than welcoming a failed state? Nothing of course! The original audit report that the Public accounts committee chose to sideline revealed that the minister of tourism Benjamin Oaks Roberts while serving as director general of GTB Gambia Tourism Board took a car loan of D300,000.00 three hundred thousand dalasis. A loan he has never serviced until his appointment as minister of tourism, it is men like this that Yahya Jammeh calls “patriots”! Shamefully and shamelessly the loan was highlighted in the audit report conducted by PRIME TIME CONSULTANCY led by Alhaji Jobe. How did Benjamin Oaks Roberts cover this wound caused by his administration? The ministers errand boy Abdoulie Hydra who was handpicked by Benjamin Oaks Roberts himself to be Director General of Gambia Tourism Board covered the wound for a boss he is so loyal to while decent citizens wallow in lost illusions and hopelessness. Prior to him being handpicked an interview for the said position was conducted but that was a facade! The real picture is that, the board of directors recommended the appointment of Mr Adama Njie president director of marketing who in fact topped the list of candidates who applied for the position of DGGTB and where short listed after vetting their credentials, experience and background checks but their recommendation meant nothing before Roberts! Minister Roberts instead used power and desire therefore denied the qualified candidate a position he really deserves. Next Roberts handed it over to the one who was the least on the list of applicants. It is when he handpicked his pal Abdoulie Hydara because they shared the same office at GAMBIA INVESTMENT PROMOTION AGENCY. It is at GIPA where Hydara started running both official and personal errands for him. The latter could be confirmed by director of finance of GTB Mr Ousainou Senghore. Of course the original audit report was not what the public accounts committee saw Yet still these bunch of fools shamelessly ran to the media praising petty thieves and whale-like crooks! Based on our findings minister Benjamin Oaks Roberts does not respect his staff neither does he extend courtesy to the tourism stakeholders. Which will without doubt break the backbone of the industry if he has not even already done that! WORLD BANK’S SHARE FROM THE DISH OF CORRUPTION AND NEPOTISM. World Bank was financing salaries and all other monetary compensations like Perdiem in favour of the director of the TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY INSTITUTE which is the former HOTEL SCHOOL. Whode name is Mr Cordex. With all this financial burden he has caused for the tourism industry the director equally receives a salary range of $5000.00 in The Gambia! Another luxury was added to his contract which is, he spends two weeks in Gambia and two weeks in Spain every month not to talk about the first class airtickets to and from Spain together with other miscellaneous expenditures. The director is indeed being pampered with luxury and night life where he so desires. This was accepted by the board of directors. Now the question we ask is. Who are the board of directors? Of course this is why the world Bank report which was done by DR MARINA NORVILLE of the Bristol university severely criticized the board of directors and the wrong direction that the director general is moving the institute. Well at this juncture I am wondering If we have panders as stakeholders or what? What is wrong with these sleeping panders? Can recklessness and slumber strengthen the stand of people who are expected to hold the minister and his administration accountable? ROOTS FESTIVAL LANDING JETTY SHAKING AND DOES NOT MEET INTERNATIONAL SAFETY STANDARDS. The roots festival which just ended left the participants in total shock and uncontrollable anger. They were complaining of the landing jetty which we commonly know as WHAR, it is where the tourist boats anchor. Some of the participants mark you are experts in that field therefore said the landing jetty or wharf in the Gambia does not meet international safety standards. They have threatened that they will boycott next year’s festival and would equally spread the word to other travel agencies especially those in the USA and the Nordic countries. YAHYA JAMMEH RUSHED IN WITH HIS “SULUHMBALAX” METHOLOGY AGAIN TO COVER HIS SACRED COWS!!! BENJAMIN OAKS ROBERTS IS ONE OF THEM. Compounded with all these problems that are caused by nepotism, favoritism and corruption Yahya Jammeh, demoted Sira Waly Ndow from.minister of energy to the deputy minister of tourism to go and support or supervise Benjamin Oaks Roberts and his Web of corruption. Well Sira’s own portfolio is NOT supported by the law to begin with. The position of deputy minister of tourism is neither in the Constitution nor is it provided for in the yearly budget estimates. So it is like “unlawful” released to go and tackle “illegal”. GAMBIA is the best place for such insanity! How can Gambia expect to be respected outside when a report like that of DR MARINA NORVILLE has never been heeded to by the board of directors as it contains a lot of revelations regarding the present set backs of GAMBIA TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY INSTITUTE. END.
I Essa Bokarr Sey will be absent from the media and other engagements during the coming weeks InshaaAllah. If you miss hearing from me please know that there are times when my own work does involves traveling and other special assignments which do not allow me to remain to give full attention to what I have been doing on the media all these years. Meanwhile remain constant and maintain the flames of resistance on. Till we see again. It is comrade. Essa Bokarr Sey.