Neneh Freda Gomez, Spokeswoman of Citizens Alliance

The presidential candidate of the Citizens’ Alliance, Dr Ismaila Ceesay has expressed his party’s dismay over the police arrest and subsequent indictment of his party’s spokesperson, Nenneh Freda Gomez.

In a statement issued late Monday evening, the CA leader said: “The leadership and general membership of the Citizens’ Alliance (CA) is dismayed by the arrest and subsequent charges levied on its Party Spokeswoman, Nenneh Freda Gomez. Nenneh, a patriotic and a law-abiding citizen, was arrested with some of her staff and a journalist, taken to Senegambia Police Station and later charged at the Kairaba Police Station on two counts – criminal trespass and malicious damage of property – in her attempt towards reclaiming a property rightfully belonging to her and her partners. We wish to unequivocally stand in solidarity with our colleague, while calling on the police to immediately drop both charges and promptly release them without delay. In the same vein, we wish to remind the police that right to property and freedom of expression are fundamental human rights guaranteed in our constitution.”

Madam Gomez was arrested and charged by police with assault and malicious injury to the property with Lamin Saidy after a confrontation with police at former officer of anti-crime unit, where Nenneh’s Global HOMM company is claiming ownership.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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