Public servant claims victimisation for political leanings

President Barrow

Reliable sources have informed The Alkamba Times (TAT) that a senior officer, at one of the country’s public institutions has been asked to explain his posts on social media during the election campaign period.

TAT telephoned the person in Banjul, who confirmed that his management had indeed written to him for an explanation as, according to the official letter he received, his actions were in contravention of the General Orders.

“You have been making publications and utterances on social media in support of a political party, which is contrary to the conduct of public servants as per the General Order (GO) 03104.

“It is against this backdrop that we write, to request for an explanation as to why disciplinary action should not be taken against you for your conduct,” stated the official letter seen by TAT.

Asked what he feels about this development, he said that he is “targeted and it’s a travesty of justice,” since well-known NPP supporters in the public service have been seen campaigning openly and is not aware that they face any sanctions.

He lamented what he called “unfair treatment” of government officials perceived to be opposition supporters, and decried this as “unfair and grossly undemocratic in nature”.

The Alkamba Times will follow up on this particular case to see its conclusion, and inform the public accordingly.

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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.


  1. Truly, it’s violation of the General Order for public officers to publicly show their partisanship. He/she should face the consequences of thier actions.

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