Hotels in Gambia Face Auction After Court Verdict Delivered in Favor of KMC

Badala Park Hotel The Gambia

The Alkamba Times (TAT) has gathered that Badala Park Hotel and Sand Beach Hotel are to be auctioned after failing to pay rates owed to the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC), following a High Court judgment.

TAT also learned that Seaview Hotel and Fajara Hotel risk being auctioned, should they fail to abide by the latest payment plans agreed with the nation’s biggest municipal council.

Adama Jammeh, Rates Manager at the KMC, confirmed that Badala Park and Sand Beach hotels are up for auction after a court judgment was delivered in favor of the council.

Ms. Jammeh also disclosed that Seaview and Fajara hotels have similar issues with the council, with which they have agreed on a payment plan.

At the time, she could not say how much money in rates these hotels owe the council and has promised to give TAT the figures immediately after the Eid holidays.

“I can confirm to you that Badala Park Hotel and Sand Beach Hotel are to be auctioned after court judgment delivered in favor of KMC”.


Sand Beach Hotel

Meanwhile,” Seaview Hotel and Fajara Hotel also risk being auctioned,” according to a reliable source.

A source close to the Gambia Tourism Board (GT Board) also confirmed these developments in the industry, further stating that many more hotels are in a similar situation.

He argued that the failure of hotels to pay rates is largely due to the negative impact of Covid-19, adding that most hotels in the Gambia have not been making any serious business since the global pandemic started.

This source said should the banks start coming after the hotels and other tourism facilities in the country, the industry will be doomed.

“The auctioning of these hotels is a wake-up call to the tourism authorities.”

TAT attempted to communicate with the management of these hotels without success, as the hotel managers at Badala Park and Seaview declined to make any comments on the matter.

Marion Nyang, Executive Secretary of the Gambia Hotels Association, also would not comment when contacted, only promising to get back to us.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
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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