Independent Candidate Essa Faal vows to salvage Gambia as thousands attend inner city rally

Presidential Hopeful Essa Mbaye Faal addressing thousands of supporters at Buffer Zone.

Independent Presidential hopeful Essa Faal told a huge gathering of supporters in his first inner city rally that his team is ever determined to salvage Gambia from the clutches of the current state of affairs if given the chance to lead the country in the December 4 presidential elections.

Addressing a massive gathering at the  Buffer Zone meeting, the lawyer turned politician told cheering supporters and loyalists that the costs of living, youth unemployment and crime are on the rise but an Essa faal led government will turn things around for the welfare of all Gambians.

The former lead counsel of the truth commission mobilized hundreds of people at the Buffer Zone rally which is part of a series of political showpieces his campaign earmarked to reach the population ahead of the crucial December polls.

“The love is real, Thank you Gambia,’ the visibly happy Essa told supporters before decrying the country’s high cost of living saying the situation is ‘painful’.

He used the gathering to call on other opposition parties to join his campaign.

“We will tour the country and tell people what’s happening. We will invite other political parties to come and join us and all of us will work together in reversing the problem we have here to achieve a turnaround,” He said.

‘What’s happening in the country is terrible’, Mr. Faal told his supporters saying the love shown to him and his team demonstrates the love Gambian youths have for him.

Kitabu Fatty, a comedian turned politician who threw his weight behind Essa Faal after previously announcing his intention to contend in the December polls urged the electorate to vote for Essa for a better and prosperous Gambia. 

He called on youths to rally behind Mr Fall describing him as the most competent candidate for the office of the president noting the unaffordable prices of basic commodities skyrocketing daily, which he attributed to the government’s poor policies.

Isatou Manneh, a youth leader addressing the gathering assured Essa Faal of young people’s resolve to work with him towards a fair, inclusive and just Gambia.

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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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