The Late Dawda Fadera
The judiciary of The Gambia has announced the launching of a Coroner’s Inquest into the death of Mr. Dawda Fadera, former Gambian Ambassador to the United States of America following his sudden death in Banjul on Sunday. 
The request to launch the inquest was demanded by the Attorney General following a letter he wrote to the Gambia’s chief Justice, Hassan B. Jallow. 
“Following circumstances, which raised reasonable suspicion with regard to the cause of death of Dawda Fadera, the Honorable Attorney General acting under section 11 of the Coroners act Cap 7 laws of The Gambia, would like to request your lordship to order an inquest touching on the death of Dawda Fadera,” a letter signed by Hussein Thomasi, Solicitor General and Legal Secretary sent to the Chief Justice, seen by Alkamba times noted. 
Meanwhile, the office of the Chief Justice acting on the letter has appointed Magistrate Sidi K Jobarteh to serve as Coroner in the Inquiry into the cause of Mr. Fadera’s death. 
Mr. Dawda Fadera served as Ambassador to the United States for 3 years and 26 days. He was appointed on January 24, 2018 and died on February 20, 2022. With significant expertise in administration and civil service management, the reputable diplomat was one of the finest Gambia’s Ambassador’s. 
Mr. Fadera started his career in the Civil Service as a teacher before being redeployed to the Personnel Management Office (PMO) where he rose through the ranks to become Permanent Secretary. 
During his time as Permanent Secretary at PMO, Fadera led a massive transformation process restructuring the entire Public Service Commission of The Gambia to a merit based department – where appointments, promotions and dismissals are strictly based on the guiding principles of the Civil Service known as the General Orders (GOs). The undertaking breathed new life into the civil service and government administration, paving the way for an expanded and revitalised sector driven by expertise. 
In July 2011, Fadera was dismissed by former dictator Yahya Jammeh and was reinstated in June 2012 after Jammeh found the PMO undergoing major difficulties in his brief absence. 
He was indeed an excellent administrator.
Fadera was appointed as the Secretary General and Head of the Civil Service by  President Barrow in February 2017 was diving a major reform undertaking in the Civil Service before his appointment as Ambassador to US in 2018.
The seasoned and experienced diplomat kept up his impeccable work and diligence as Ambassador, strengthening trust and confidence in Banjul – Washington relations. 
He brought the Embassy closer to Gambian communities across the US and led many community outreach programs where he engaged Gambians on the role of the Embassy and how issues affecting them can be addressed by his office.
He successfully worked on multiple projects that have significantly impacted young people and  ordinary Gambians.
A typical example is the $25 million Threshold Programme under the US Government Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)  moving to ensure that Gambia meets universal energy access by 2025.

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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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