Hon. Mai Fatty, GMC Leader

As the country faces a sudden spike in violent crime, former Interior minister and leader of the Gambia Moral Congress, Mai Ahmad Fatty has decried the growing security challenges, saying he is extremely worried.

“I am extremely worried about the dangerous, persistent trend, characteristic of alleged  offenders wrecking havoc in our communities’, Mr Fatty  said in a statement made available to the Alkamba Times, referencing the rapid rise in crime wreaked by young culprits.

With the majority of alleged suspects between the ages of 16 and 23 years, the former interior minister called for a more committed efforts directly engaging youth employment and productivity.  

‘Clearly, empirical evidence suggests that young Gambians are increasingly attracted to violent crime. This is a collective indictment against society. We must act fast to arrest this debilitating trend. We must build a sustainable future for our youth, here at home. We must translate words into urgent action. We must, as a matter of national emergency, heed the call of our youths, via the grim consequences on our streets. I do not mean to convey any iota of justification of crimes being committed, but draw attention to silent decibels suffocating the public space. This is a shared responsibility,’ the Gambia’s first Interior Minister in the post Jammeh era said in a statement.

Mr Fatty’s comments come in the wake of  the brutal killing of young national audit staff ousman Jarju, last weekend by armed bandits.

Acting fast to apprehend the suspects and mitigate current security challenges, the Gambia police force earlier announced the arrest of two people who have been charged with the murder of Mr. Jarju.

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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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