Women vendors want President-elect to address price hikes

Serekunda market

By Mustapha Jarju

President-elect Adama Barrow during the election campaign promised to address price hikes. Now women vendors at Serekunda market are calling on the president-elect to to do so.

Speaking to Alkamba Times one Jaiteh Touray, a vegetable vendor at the Serekunda market, asked for reducing the price of rice, which she described as “expensive”.

Fatou Manneh, a resident of Sukuta Lambai, said now that they have re-elected Adama Barrow for the next five years, their wish is that he addresses the cost of living by reducing the price of basic commodities. Reducing the price of rice will make life easier for families, she added.

Fatoumatta Dunbuya, another vendor, said business is not good these days, whilst she is the bread winner of her family, and they are living in a rented house. She buys cups of rice for the family’s daily meals.

“Whatever I earn daily is what I spend to feed by family. We cannot buy a bag of rice, as the price of rice is high, as commodity prices in the market continue to increase.

“I have been a vendor in this market for the past 20 years, but the difficulties we faced in the past five years have never been experienced in the country”, she said.

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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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