Omar Ceesay, President of Gambia National Transport Union

The Transport Union wishes to clarify to the public that the initial claims made by Essa Mbye Faal, the independent Presidential aspirant against the Transport Union and drivers, for breach of contract relating to supply of vehicles, does not represent the reality of the arrangements.

We wish to make it crystal clear that neither the Union nor the drivers had entered into any contract with Mr Essa Mbye Faal. Furthermore, no amount of money was paid to the Union or drivers by Mr. Faal.

However, on Tuesday 2nd November 2021, agents of Mr Faal visited our brikama office to arrange for vehicles at a cost of D2500. They promised to pay drivers an advance payment to be completed after the exercise. This advance payment was never made.

Today Thursday 4th November 2021, agents of Mr Faal arrived at the garage once again to scout for vehicles to transport their people to the nomination venue. Due to the constraints of fuel shortage, only few drivers were found at the garage. They offered to pay drivers D2500 and coincidentally agents of NPP also arrived at the garage for the same purpose. They offered the few drivers found at the garage an amount of D3000. Consequently, the drivers opted for the better offer.

The management of the General Transport Union wishes to unequivocally state that, it strives to represent the welfare of its members in an apolitical and non partisan environment.

To this effect, we provide transport services to individuals and groups based on agreed business terms and conditions without discrimination, or ill will against any person or groups.

In light of the above, we solicit the usual cooperation and partnership of the public at all times.

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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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