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Central Government Should Stop Undermining Local Governments

The intention of the 1997 Constitution is to decentralize the governance system of the Gambia to ensure sustainable national development. Section 193(3) states that, “An Act of the National Assembly shall make provision for the functions, powers and duties of local government authorities…” to provide infrastructure and development of the […]

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Analysis: The prevalence of government demolitions of illegal structures, alongside the legal counterclaims by citizens regarding their properties and public properties, highlights issues of heavy-handed law enforcement

Part I Alagi Yorro Jallow Fatoumatta: Property rights are constitutionally safeguarded in The Gambia. The Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia, 1997, in Chapter IV concerning the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms, explicitly provides for the Protection from Deprivation of Property in Section 22. This section guarantees that […]

Editorial, Human Rights, Opinion

Why Does Criticizing the President Matter?

“To say that the president cannot be criticized, whether right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and submissive but also morally treasonous to the American public.” – Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the U.S. (1858-1919) Fatoumatta: Two former Presidents of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt (26th President) and John […]

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Why Should the Government Charge a Citizen with Sedition?

Once again, The Gambia Government has expressed its dictatorial tendencies when the Inspector General of Police Seedy Muctarr Touray announced today that the State will charge Ebrima Dibba and Bakary Sillah for sedition. In the Criminal Code, Section 51 defines ‘seditious intention’ as basically any criticism that generates hatred, contempt, […]