President Barrow with GDC Leader, Mamma Kandeh

The NPP party leader, President Adama Barrow, and GDC’s presidential candidate, Mama Kandeh, are both natives of Jimara District in the Upper River Region; being from the villages of Mankamang Kunda and Sare Birong respectively.

Mama Salieu Jallow, a youth leader, says Jimara during the last presidential, parliamentary and local government elections witnessed the creation of division in the rural district.

Mama Salieu Jallow, a youth leader In Basse

He said the two politicians are long time political opponents, even before they both contested in the last presidential election in 2016.

It would be recalled that both Barrow and Kandeh participated in the election, when Barrow emerged with the most votes and replaced Yahya Jammeh as president. Kandeh came third in the historic election.

Jallow is calling on Barrow and Mama Kandeh, again both candidates in the Dec 4, 2021 presidential election, to work to unite the people of their district.

He said the “politics of unhealthy exchanges of words will never do any good to the constituency, and will only incite division and enmity among us in Jimara, and we should not allow that to happen.

‘’I believe the politicians, particularly our own sons of Jimara, President Barrow and Hon. Mama Kandeh, are aware of the level of political differences in existence here. Therefore, I call on both leaders to encourage political tolerance, so as to unite the people of their district during this crucial period.’’

Mama Salieu, who also holds a position in the executive of the regional URR Youth Committee, is urging all the six presidential candidates to conduct peaceful campaigns.

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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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