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Posted - 10 Nov 2017 :  14:38:07  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
VP takes oath of office

The Point: Friday, November 10, 2017

Having sworn to three oaths of secrecy committed to her; of execution of duties without fear or favour, and of allegiance to be faithful and bear true allegiance - Aja Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajang has officially taken office yesterday.

At a ceremony held at the President’s office, Madam Tambajang thanked God for coming to the end of what she described as a 11 months’ journey “of trials and tribulations”. She also thanked President Barrow for the trusting her, motivating her and guiding her to be resilient during this journey.

“For two solid decades,” she went on to say, “Our country has endured enormous challenges as a result of bad governance of a dictatorial regime of Yahya Jammeh, which we as a nation, peace-loving, have fought against in a mature and democratic way,” she wouldn’t delve further in her speech without reference to some historical facts.

Today, she added, that democratic process is maturing in The Gambia, promising that the new government is committed to nurturing such democratic values.

“Our inspired, ingenious, talented and patriotic fellow Gambians are ready to work with our government into a democratic model in the world, through a national, constitutional, political, legal, economic, social, security and other reforms,” she said, as almost each of her sentences was greeted with rousing applause from the gallery.

The members of cabinet and the dignitaries were seated on the opposite, elevated side of what used to be the vice president’s residence. Now, the compound is turned into the president’s office.

The event was held outside the main building, towards the sea and under a tent not resembling the 80 million one mentioned at the Commission of Inquiry as purchased by ex-president Jammeh; rather, it is a simple one that could not even stop the sun from shining on the front row seats of the gallery.

It was at a garden of green grass, trimmed short and smells felt very natural with breezes from the Atlantic Ocean. Vice President, dressed in one of the highest standard VIP blue-combined-brown batik dress that swept the ground as she walks from her set to take the oath of office on a glass podium situated on the right of the high table.

The dress mesmerises the eyes of many members of the crowd gathered, with glow and elegance.


VP Jallow-Tambajang said her journey with the members of transition government’s cabinet started in 2016. She said it was “Allah’s mercy, manifesting His miracles through a historic and democratic change” in the form of a unique architecture of a coalition.

She said the journey with “these eminent and tolerant personalities” during these times, including the political impasse prompted by the denial of permit to the executive of the then opposition UDP, also resulted to her spending nights with opposition members along the main roadside of Fass Njaga Choi.

“Our national stride to champion the liberation of our political prisoners and other innocent citizens, including leaving home at 5.30 am for prison visits, hospital visits, and attending Yahya Jammeh’s orchestrated Kangaroo courts during trials of many citizens, have also been both challenging and rewarding,” she added, declaring, “Alhamdulillah”.

Many of these, VP said she gets stranded on the roadsides, to be picked up and dropped off. “And who did I see standing, to pick me up and dropping me off, was Adama Barrow,” she revealed.

“This also is marked by the action of many members of the negotiating table of the Coalition 2016. The interesting part is that sometimes, many have decided to walk out of the negotiating table, but because of wanting a democratic change, have been persuaded to come back and renegotiate, renegotiate, and renegotiate, for a democratic change,” she added.

Author: Sanna Camara

A clear concience fears no accusation - proverb from Sierra Leone


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Posted - 13 Nov 2017 :  10:35:24  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
VP Finally Takes Oath of Office

Foroyaa: November 10, 2017

By Kebba Jeffang

Vice President FTJ signing the oath book

Madam Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang has finally taken her oath of office and secrecy on November 9th, following her appointment in September, which ended the country and government without having a Vice President for more than eight months.

She was first appointed in January which brought about a lot of controversy regarding her age as she was alleged to have exceeded 65 years as prescribed by the Constitution. Her appointment was later rescinded. Since then she has served as the Overseer of the Office of the Vice-President until mid-September, following the National Assembly’s amendment of the upper age limit in the statutory book.

Mrs. Jallow Tambajang took the three oaths of secrecy, execution and allegiance, before penning down her signature in the oath book. The ceremony was held at Fajara, graced by the President, senior government officials and foreign ambassadors and UN officials.

Addressing the gathering, Gambian President Adama Barrow described the occasion a long journey, while reflecting on the story of the fight to bring peace, democracy and the rule of law in the Gambia. He said when very few believed that there is a chance to win, contributions by stakeholders including the Vice President made it successful.

“Clearly, Madame Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang is no stranger to this portfolio of Vice President as she has efficiently held the position in an overseeing capacity since March, this year. Mrs. Fatoumatta Tambajang Jallow is a strong professional woman of sound character and integrity, with a verse wealth of experience. She has brought to the cabinet a wide range of skills highly required for social construction and rebuilding of economy, after years of divisive rule and mismanagement by the former government,” he said. Barrow asserted his confidence that Tambajang will fulfill her assigned role to support the presidency.

For her part, the Vice-President Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang said the democratic process has matured in The Gambia and they are committed to nurturing it further. She said the country has faced enormous challenges after two solid decades of bad governance of the former dictatorial regime of former president Yahya Jammeh which she said, they fought and conquered in a democratic way.

“Gambian women are working towards gender parity. My signing here today is a confirmation that women will continue to be part of your Excellency’s Government. Therefore, my aspiration for this nation is to provide all the required support to you Your Excellency Adama Barrow, for you to realize your national development objective,” she said.

She assured that Gambians in the public and private sector are working hard to support Government in achieving its vision in peace, unity, private sector-led inclusive growth, sustainable development by 2021, within the frame work of your national blue print.

“The main economic drivers shall be coming to answer the consequence needs and aspirations of our people, an efficient and accountable civil service, a people centered decentralization that strategises the empowerment of all communities to take charge of their narratives, a country-wide improved transport and infrastructure to facilitate communications, an efficient an accountable women and youth empowerment programmes to close the unemployment gap and gender, an efficient year-round tourism sector for employment creation and growth, a modernized and vibrant agricultural sector for employment, growth and expectation of value added produce,” said the VP.

A clear concience fears no accusation - proverb from Sierra Leone
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