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A plane carrying President Adama Barrow of the Gambia has left the Senegalese capital for Banjul.
Mr Barrow who was sworn-in as president last week as Gambia’s third president is due to arrive at Banjul International Airport soon, where he will be received by thousands of supporters.
Mr Barrow was temporarily moved to Dakar by regional group, Ecowas for security reasons following concerns about his safety. He was seen off at the Dakar Airport by Senegalese President Macky Sall.
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Kemo Cham On Facebook
Malick Jones has the right to do as he wishes. Didn’t he make it clear he
wanted Jammeh to stay and not Barrow. Despite that these fools of a
coalition govt keep the idiot in office. They haven’t seen anything yet.
Thousands of Gambians are out on the streets trying to catch a glimse of their new president. Mr Barrow has promised t respect their rights and freedoms.
The aircraft carrying Gambia’a new president, Adama Barrow has just landed at the Banjul International Airport..
High security at Banjul International Airport
Nigerian Fighter jet flying over Gambia’s airport as President Adama Barrow’s aircraft lands.
Hundred of supporters are receiving Mr Barrow at the foot of the aircraft
Gambia’s Television Gives Cold Shoulder To Barrow’s Return
President Barrow’s return to the country is not being covered by state television leaving many Diaspora Gambians angry.
Umm Abi-ha On Facebook
Big disgrace-national TV not covering this important event
Omar Jammeh On Facebook
My brothers and sisters, the truth is, GRTS management is completely out of hand.
President Adama Barrow leaving the Banjul International Airport with thousands lining the streets waving.
Barrow to stay at his private residence pending security clearance at State House in Banjul.
President Barrow’s Inaugural Address on Jan 19th
Fellow Gambians and friends of The Gambia, I am humbled to stand
before you to address the whole world on this historic occasion. This is
a day no Gambian will ever forget in one’s life time. This is the first
time since The Gambia became Independent in 1965 that Gambians have
change their government through the ballot box.I must take this opportunity to thank the entire electorate of the
Gambia and Gambians in the Diaspora for making this day possible.
I thank the entire campaign team of Coalition 2016 and the
stakeholders for putting aside their political differences to unite us
for the national interest.
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to register special
appreciation to Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of
Liberia, and the Chairperson of Authority of Heads of States of ECOWAS,
for her personal commitment and tireless efforts towards resolving the
political crises in The Gambia. The same sentiment goes to H .E
Muhammadou Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, H.E
Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and H.E
John Draman Mahama, former President of Ghana.
I must also express profound gratitude to ECOWAS, AU, the Security
Council of the United Nations and all friendly nations who stood by us
during our time of greatest need.
I wish to thank His Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic
of Senegal and his government for their hosting and hospitality accorded
me and my delegation at the request of the ECOWAS Chair. This is
what it means to be part of a Community of Democratic Nations.
Exceptional circumstance has compelled me to be sworn here today and
does not permit all those who made this day possible to be present.
It was later realised that the loser of the Election may not fulfill
the mandate of a caretaker government and facilitate a proper
Inauguration with the full support of all state Agencies.
In fact, two days before the term of office of the incumbent expires a
State of Emergency was declared. However, the Constitution of the
Gambia does not permit any law maker to deprive a citizen of a right
that is already acquired. My right as a winner to be sworn in and assume
the Office of President is constitutionally guaranteed and
I hereby make a special appeal to ECOWAS, AU and the U.N particularly
the Security Council to support the Government and peoples of The
Gambia in enforcing their will, restore their sovereignty and
I therefore call on all civilian and military Personnel of the state
to support my Presidency since it is built on a Constitutional
foundation. They are assured that they will not be subjected to any
injustice and discrimination but would be provided with better working
conditions and terms of service.
This is a victory of the Gambian Nation. Our National flag will now
fly high among those of the most Democratic Nations of the world. The
capacity to effect change through the ballot box has proven that power
belongs to the people in the Gambia.
Violent change is banished forever from the political life of our
country. All Gambians are therefore winners. There is no loser in the
Gambian Election. It is a fact that we contest Elections on the basis of
political diversity but we build Nations on the basis of National
Unity. We are here assembled as One Gambia, One Nation, and One People.
Throughout our campaign we promised to unify our diverse people so
that each would take ownership of the country, irrespective of ethnic
origin, religion, gender or any other differences. Today, most Gambians
are united in-order to give Gambia a new start.
Hence, as of today, I am the President of all Gambians regardless of whether you voted for me or not.
We could now become the architects of a Democratic Republic that is
built on the pillars of Good Governance, Rule of Law and Respect for
Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.
My government will implement comprehensive reforms. These include
constitutional, institutional and legal reforms to expand the
democratic gains we have made.
Your Excellencies, Honourable Guests, fellow Gambians, I belong to
the generation of children who were born in 1965 when The Gambia became
Independent. I believe in the wise saying that “to whom much is given,
much is expected”.
I established a Think Tank, The Agency for Sustainable Socio-Economic
Development (ASSED). This will bring experts on board to share their
knowledge and skills in order to put in place an inclusive development
Your Excellencies, honourable guests and fellow Gambians, I would like
to conclude by saying that men and women of this nation joined hands to
effect a change that was in the making for many decades.
This is a change that should bring liberty and prosperity to everyone
and not to be discriminated on the basis of gender, religion or ethnic
origin. We are now determined to build a Gambia where merit and what you
know counts more than who you know.
As the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, I call on all
personnel of the armed forces and other security agencies to remain
loyal to the constitution and to the Republic.
I command the Chief of Defense Staff, and other officers of the high
command to demonstrate their loyalty to me as their commander-in-chief,
without any delay. I command all members of the armed forces to remain
in their barracks. Those found wanting or in possession of fire arms
without my order, shall be considered rebels.
Gambia is our homeland! It demands our love and loyalty. Let us all
pledge our firm allegiance to be ever true to our mother land The
Long Live The Republic
Long Live the United People of The Gambia.
Forward Ever! Backward Never!
Pardoned Coup Plotter To Return To Banjul
A former Gambian army captain who was serving a life sentence for plotting to overthrow the government of Yahya Jammeh in March 2006 has announced plans to return to the Gambia.
Captain Bunja Darboe, was among 27 Gambians, including former army officers and top officials who were arrested in March 2006 for trying to overthrow Mr Jammeh while he was on an official trip in Mauritania.
He spent many years at the Gambia’s notorious Mile Two Prisons and was subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment before he was released in July 2015 as part of a presidential amnesty.
Writing from the Senegalese capital, Dakar, where he has been residing since he left the Gambia in 2015, Mr Darboe said: “By the will of the Supreme God, I shall soon return home to a new Gambia. A Gambia that is now free for all decent and law abiding citizens. Free from the brutalities and political hegemony of a former
dictator and iron-fist ruler.
I shall return home as a happy man after living under terror for over nine years in the Gambian prison and
after being on forced exile in Senegal for a little over one year. I must admit that life has not been easy for me in the past ten or more years but, I thank the Supreme God for always being there for me.
My hopes for a new Gambia was rekindled when I met His Excellency Adama Barrow at the King Fahad Palace at Almady in Dakar when he invited Gambians residing in Senegal with particular interest on the refugee community. It was there that, i had a rare privilege to meet the new president and warmly shook hands with him while Masanneh Kinteh introduced me to him. I was deeply elated and for the first time in over ten years, I heaved a deep sigh of relief.
Even if for nothing all, I will be more than happy to reunite with my family after over ten years of partial separation. My wife’s occasional visits to Dakar to see me at her own expense were not enough to lift up my spirit as long as Yaya Jammeh continue to be the president. My children had grown into adults without being around them to give them fatherly love, guidance and support. Nonetheless, that was how my destiny had been shaped and as a mere mortal, i have no control over that.
I thank God to be alive today to be able to narrate my story. I am not the least better than those Gambians who were killed by Yaya Jammeh and his thugs. They too would have been glad to witness this historic moment and their families would have loved to have them around. My condolences to all those families who had lost a love one by the hands of a brutal ruler. May they all continue to live in the infinite mercy of the Supreme God.
To be disappointed with GRTS is unfair. When did we start depending on them for anything of National significance? Could be that the owner of the Cameras and other equipment took them with him or didn’t sign off on them for use.
evening my beautiful followers, Gambia Has united. People come out in
their thousands to welcome the third president of the republic of the
Gambia President Adama Barrow. Gambians and friends of the Gambia what
I’m seeing here words can’t explain. thousands of people walking on the
Banjul Brikama highway towards yundum international airport. The
ambience here is unexplainable. People are in Gambia Has Decided
t-shirts. I can tell you The Gambia is freed from fear and division
you could see that in the sights of the people. This is what we know
about the Gambians we are one people, one family and one nationality,
let’s us come together allow the new government to work for our country
and it’s people. right now in the airport Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, Hon.
Halifa Sallah, Omar Jallow OJ, Hon. Ahmed Bah and other dignitaries
present, history in the making,
May Allah continue to help and guide us all, and make nation building easy on the new government.