Weekend of Politics: Parties test strength and power with Massive Rallies Across the Country


A weekend of intense politics rages in Banjul with various political parties holding massive rallies across the country from Busumbala and Sukuta in the west coast, Farafenni in north bank to Banjul, the capital.
Barely four months to a high stakes polls, parties are testing their power and strength ahead of the crucial December presidential elections.

UDP Rally in Busumbala

The United Democratic party of veteran politician, Ousainou Darboe held a rally in Busumbala pulling a huge turnout while President Barrow and new comer, Essa Faal both had impressive meetings in Banjul and Sukutain the West Coast Region.

GDC Rally in Farafenni

The political el classico, Mama Kandeh of the Gambia democratic congress, a man who pulled third in his first contest behind then incumbent Yahya Jammeh in the 2016 Presidential elections also scored a massive turnout as GDC party supporters and loyalists staged another rally in the North bank town of Farafenni where many communities are regarded as GDC strongholds.

Some political pundits fear the December polls will be a crucial decider for many Gambians who are deeply impatient for an all inclusive and accountable government.

NPP Rally in Banjul
NPP Rally in Banjul

President Barrow whose party recently formed an Alliance with the party of ex President Jammeh confidently told party supporters at the Banjul meeting that victory for the NPP is a forgone conclusion referencing the strong NPP/APRC merger.

In Busumbala UDP Leader, Ousainou Darboe also reminded cheering supporters that a UDP government is imminent promising an administration that will finally salvage Gambians. Darboe said Barrow, a former UDP man will be taught a lesson he will never forget in his political career.

Independent Candidate Essa Faal
Independent Candidate Essa Faal’s Rally in Banjul

Essa Faal, who rose to fame following his brilliant performance at the truth commission also pulled a surprising crowd in his hometown Banjul, the Gambia’s island capital and seat of the presidency.
Mr Faal said he should the given a chance by Gambians and described himself as the best man for the top job at No.1 Marina Parade.

CA Leader Dr. Ceesay with supporters
CA Leader Dr. Ceesay with supporters

Meanwhile, the Citizen Alliance led by Dr Ismail Ceesay and Independent Candidate, Alagie Kurang both newcomers are also canvassing for votes using community door to door outreach campaigns in rural Gambia and across the metropolis.

Alagie Mamadi Kurang with supporters
Alagie Mamadi Kurang with supporters
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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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