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What is the 400,000 CFA francs for which the Senegalese road transport unions claim is imposed on them?

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

 What is the 400,000 CFA francs for which the Senegalese road transport unions claim is imposed on them?

This is the one million dollar question which Foroyaa has not seen answered in any gazette or issued in any public notice by the Government of The Gambia.

A government cannot impose any levy that is not provided by law. This matter is so serious that no responsible government should leave the public guessing.

The Gambian people are entitled to information on matters affecting their general welfare.

The free movement of people and goods across borders has been with us since time immemorial. Those who obstruct such movements are not only undermining general welfare but also the peaceful co-existence of our two peoples. Where the problems lie should be sorted out with immediacy.

 

TRAVELLERS, TRADERS DECRY BORDER CLOSURE

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Mustapha Jallow

Vehicle owners, passengers, traders and other operators from both the Gambia and Senegal are decrying the border closure and Vendors waiting for customerscalling on the authorities in the respective countries to urgently resolve the issue in an amicable manner.

The official entry points or border crossings of the Gambia and Senegal, in the form of a contagion, have started closing since 16 February 2016 with Amdalaye – Karang being the first and then followed by Farafeeni – Kerr Ayib, Jiboro – Seleti and Sabi –

IMPACT OF THE BORDER CLOSURE ON THE RURAL COMMUNITIES

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Abdoulie G. Dibba

Some rural communities in the Gambia have started feeling the impact of the closure of the borders with Senegal as a result of the protest by the latter’s road transport unions to a ‘new tariff’ imposed on their trucks entering the country.

THE OUTCOME OF THE PRIMARIES HELD BY PDOIS ON THE SELECTION OF THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

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Issued by the Central CommitteeHalifa Sallah, PDOIS

24th February 2016

Mr. Halifa Sallah, PDOIS Presidential Candidate for 2016 Presidential Election

The People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) is required by Article 91 of the Party Constitution to hold a Primary to select it’s Candidates for any election.

UNNECESARY TENSION AT THE BORDER STATEMANSHIP REQUIRED TO RESOLVE ANY DISPUTE

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22 February 2016 – Both the Senegalese president and the Gambian president have uttered that Gambians and Senegalese are one people but a small problem seems to be tearing the two governments apart. As it stands Gambian registered vehicles are stopped

THE IMPACT OF TARIFF BARRIERS AND BORDER CLOSURES

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23 February 2016 – In 2014, The Gambia gained over 3 billion dalasi from the re-export trade. The re-export trade is a major foreign exchange earner for the Gambia which has contributed a great deal to the stability of the local currency.

WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN WHEN A PERSON DIES IN POLICE CUSTODY?

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22 February 2016 – The answer to this question could be found in the Coroners Act. According to section 6(1) of the Act,

“When any person dies while in the custody of the police or of a prison officer or in prison ….. the police officer or the prison officer or any other person having the custody or charge of the deceased person at the time of his death shall immediately give notice of the death to the nearest Coroner and … such Coroner shall hold an inquiry into the cause of such death……”

BORDER CONFLICT, A PROBLEM BETWEEN GAMBIA GOVERNMENT AND TRANSPORT UNIONS IN SENEGAL OR A CONFLICT BETWEEN THE TWO STATES?

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What we have discovered so far is that the ferry crossing claimed that there is no increment in tariff. However, the Senegalese road transport union leaders are claiming a prohibitive tariff increase of 400,000 francs CFA (more than D28,000) which is said to be levied at the border.

ALL GAMBIA-SENEGAL BORDERS CLOSED TO VEHICLES

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Mustapha Jallow and Ousman Sillah

21 February, 2016 – At the time of going to press all the official border entry points were closed to vehicles either Jiboro - Seleti Borderfrom The Gambia or Senegal moving across the border. The three articles below explain the situation at four important border posts.

The closure of the Amdalaye-Karang border on Tuesday, 16 February, 2016 seems to be having a domino effect on the other Gambia-Senegal entry points with the Farafenni-Kerr-Ayip following suit the next day and now it is the Jiboro-Seleti border being closed to all categories of vehicles by officials on both sides.

Farafeeni-Kerr Ayib Border still closed to Vehicles

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Abdoulie G. Dibba

21 February 2015 – The closure of the Farafenni- Kerr Ayib border, as a result of the protest by the Senegalese road transport Kerr Ayip Border closed to vehicles from Gambiaunion officials against the introduction of a new tariff by The Gambia on all Senegal registered vehicles entering the Gambia, is still in place, as confirmed by this reporter who visited the area over the weekend.

When they were approached on the issue, the Senegalese transport owners and their representatives said they are still protesting against the introduction of a new tariff by the Gambian authorities for their trucks to be paying 400,000 francs CFA (which is

Vehicles Stranded at the Sabi-Vellingara Border

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By Lamin Fatty in URR

21 February 2016 – Commercial passenger vehicles, trucks, private cars and even motor bicycles are all currently stranded at the Vehicles stranded at the closed Sabi-Vellingara borderSabi – Velingara border as the Senegalese officials have closed the border and denying entry and exit to all forms transportation.

This impasse, according to sources, started since Saturday, 20 February 2016.

When this reporter travelled to the said border to see things for himself, he found a lot vehicles packed on both sides of the border waiting to cross to the other side.

Sheriff Dibba (GNTCA Secretary) passes away

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By Alhagie Sora
Mr Sheriff Dibba died at a medical facility at 7pm on Sunday 21 February 2016. He was laid to rest at Old Jeshwang Cemetery on Tuesday 23 February 2016.

GNTCA Executive Granted Bail

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By Rohey Jadama
Justice Simeon Ateh Abi of the Banjul High Court has on 22 February 2016 granted bail to the executive members of the Gambia National Transport Control Association (GNTCA) in the sum of D500,000.00.

Sheikh Cham ordered to enter his defence

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By Kebba Jeffang

Kanifing Magistrates’ Court on Monday 22nd February, 2016 ordered Sheikh Cham, a man claiming to have been tortured, who Sheikh Chamwas charged by the Drug Law Enforcement Agency the Gambia (DLEA-G) with obstruction, to enter his defence.

According to Magistrage Blessed, the defendant’s lawyer had filed a ‘no case’ submission to court for the acquittal of his client because there is no case against him;  that there is inconsistency in the evidence of various witnesses and that there is no evidence that the accused had refused to be searched.

Taranga FM MD Opts to remain silent in his trial

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By Rohey Jadama
Mr. Abdoulie Ceesay, the Managing Director of Taranga FM Radio Station, who was expected to open his defence yesterday, 22 Alhaji Abdoulie Ceesay, Manager Teranga FMFebruary, 2016 has opted to remain silent in his alleged ‘Sedition’ and ‘Publication of false news’ trial before Justice Simeon Ateh Abi of the Banjul High Court.

Non Service of Indictment Hinders Ebrima Jawara & Co Trial

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By Rohey Jadama
The criminal trial involving Mr. Ebrima Jawara, Dr. Alasan Bah, Lamin Fatajo, Momodou Lamin Mass and Sulayman Manneh, Ebrima Jawara, CPCU Coordinatorformer members of staff of the Rural Finance Project, did not proceed yesterday, 22 February, 2016 before Justice Simeon Ateh Abi of the High court due to non-service of indictment.

Tribute to Menkeh Ebrima Barrow

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By Lamin Fatty

PDOIS Menkeh Barrow, Jah Kunda Menkeh Barrow, Wuli West Menkeh Barrow, URR Menkeh Barrow, Tostan Menkeh Menke Ebriama BarrowBarrow………..May Almighty Allah grant you Jannatul Firdausi. With a very heavy heart, I write this tribute to a patriot, a man who has contributed by all standard in transforming the lives of many positively and empowered the Tax payers of Wuli West, in presiding over their affairs in their best interest a patriot, a role model, trustworthy, the humble, the religious, a former

INDEPENDENCE AND SOVEREIGNTY OF THE PEOPLE

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Fifty one years ago, on 18 February 1965, The Gambia was declared an independent state, a national flag was hoisted, a national anthem was composed, a prime minister was appointed by the Governor representing the Queen of the United Kingdom and Bills passed by the House of Representatives had to be assented to by the Governor. This means that national sovereignty was limited.

DO YOU KNOW EDWARD FRANCIS SMALL?

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

 

DO YOU KNOW EDWARD FRANCIS SMALL?

Many Gambians do not know the pioneer of the struggle to give Gambians a voice. Edward Francis Small was born on 29 January 1891 and passed away in 1958. Every Gambian should know about his life and struggle during the colonial era. It should be part of the history syllabus.

Kerr Ayip Border closed to vehicles from Gambia

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Mustapha Jallow

Barely two days after the closure of the Gambia – Senegal border at Amdalaye – Karang for all vehicles from either side by the Kerr Ayip Border closed to vehicles from GambiaSenegalese road transport union officials, the crossing at Farafenni – Kerr Ayip was also closed to all Senegal bound vehicles yesterday, 18 February, 2016, again in reaction to the reported introduction of a new tariff imposed by the Gambia on all Senegalese registered trucks entering the country.

Visiting the Farafenni – Kerr Ayip border yesterday, this reporter noticed that vehicles from The Gambia were not allowed to enter