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toubab1020 Posted - 21 Jan 2020 : 21:52:45

The difficulity in confrountations of this nature is that there is no written evidence MOST history of past times was retained in the memories of the Elders many of who are no longer alive,those who are SOMETIMES get confused due to their advanced years.
How such disputes can be settled so that they never occour again and EVERYONE is happy with the resolution reached I HAVE NO IDEA.


Monday, January 20, 2020

Tallinding faces alkalorship crisis as two clans fight over mantle of leadership.

The Badjie Kunda and Cham Kunda are in acrimonious duel after recent demise of late Alkalo Ebrima Badjie. Cham Kunda has written a petition requesting for retake of the throne.

According to the Cham Kunda Family, they had temporarily crowned the alkaloship to the Badjies – an allegation the Badjie Kunda refuted.

This fracas which has been ongoing for a while has seen the intervention of the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC), which on Friday mediated between the parties.

According to history from the Chams, they (Chams) were the first to settle in Central Sabiji, which is today called Tallinding Kunjang. Alassan Cham was the first to settle in Tallinding after some time, they claimed. Then came Ndikey Manneh, who settled at Sabiji-nding, which is today known as Churchill’s Town.

Titibaa Cham, they narrated was one of the reasons for transferring the alkaloship to one Famara Badjie, making Badjies to have a taste of the throne, which was after the demise of Alkalo Babou Cham, the son Alassan Cham.

Musa Sanneh, who spoke on behalf of the Chams, said they now wanted to collect “what is ours,” arguing that Badjies tasted the throne through “our grandparents.”

“All the people of Tallinding know that the alkaloship came from Cham Kunda,” Sanneh further argued.

Being the third most elderly person in Tallinding, Mr. Sanneh because everyone understands including the Badjies that the throne belongs to the Chams.

Bo Badjie, who represented Badjies Kunda said the Chams are a small clan compared with Badjies, while rubbishing claims and allegations that the Chams temporarily handed over to them the alkaloship.

“The Cham Kunda clan is small compared to us the Badjie Kunda,” he said, adding that they will not discuss with the Cham Kunda representative, alleging that the Chams were instigated by one Musa Sanneh, known as Father-Moss.

Dembo S.M. Sanneh, head of Administration at KMC called on both parties to give dialogue a chance.

“There were similar issues in Abuko, Bakoteh and Bakau and what we did was to urge both parties into dialogue and if dialogue can’t resolve their crisis, we would intervene,” he said.

Two counselors of Tallinding, Bubacarr Mansally of the North Ward and Karamo Ceesay of South Ward both urged the two parties to go in for dialogue.

Tallinding has six clans; Touray Kunda, Cham Kunda, Sanneh Kunda, Colley Kunda, Sonko Kunda, Saidy Kunda and Badjie Kunda. The Tourays and Saidys were the first imams in Tallinding with the Colleys being the elders.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara
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toubab1020 Posted - 29 Jan 2020 : 11:15:20
Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Disputes over alkaloship are a major problem and one fundamental component besetting the development of the Gambia.

Alkalolu play an integral role in the development of any village or community. Apart from settling disputes, they also serve as caretaker and first port of call when it comes to initiating any developments.

Since the first republic, issue relating to appointment of alkalolu is treated with due care. So in short it is a sensitive issue when it comes to appointment of alkalolu.

It is being reported in the news that the community of Tallinding is embroiled in alkaloship crisis. Two rival clans- Badjie and Cham are at loggerheads, who will ascend to the throne. This comes barley a month after the demised of the former alkalo- Ebou Badjie.

We don’t want to speculate. So we called on elders of the two rival clans to exercise peace, restraint and maturity at all times.

We also want to commend the Kanifing Municipal Council, who recently broke silence over the issue, by urging elders of the two rival clans to create more room for dialogue with a view to amicably resolving the crisis, before the Council intervenes. The move is laudable and important. We should always bear in mind that our culture, tradition and values define who we are and therefore should be left in the hands of the people.

We hope by that elders of two clans would reason and address the issue within the shortest possible time.

Remember that as human we may be faced with difficult challenges sometimes, but that is where the growth of human maturity comes into play. We once again implore on the rival clans to maintain the prevailing peace even after the crisis so that the community can focus on more development.

In communities marred by conflicts, development tends to focus on promoting economic growth and progress in specific social sectors. Peace and stability are critical in any meaningful development.

“In a time of domestic crisis, men of goodwill and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics.”

John F. Kennedy
toubab1020 Posted - 27 Jan 2020 : 18:23:18
"The director of administration at the KMC, Dembo SN Sanneh said the KMC will pursue inclusive dialogue between the two to amicably resolve the dispute but stressed that if that too fails, the Council will allow yard owners in the community to determine who should be alkalo."

That is the best path to a FINAL resolution to settle this matter once and for all in a total DEMOCRATIC way,MAYBE by way of a yard owners vote which could be organised by "A Kanifing Municipal Council senior administrative official" who would be named and responsible for such a project if that were agr eed amonst the disputeing parties.


By Tabora Bojang January 27, 2020

A Kanifing Municipal Council senior administrative official has disclosed that the Council has prepared plans to resolve a raging dispute between the Badjie and the Cham clans over the alkaloship in Tallinding Kunjang.

The two clans are currently locked in a controversy as to who are the legitimate and traditional leaders of the community which is over 100 years old. Both sides are claiming to be natural heirs to the vacant alkaloship post, each citing tradition and history.
The director of administration at the KMC, Dembo SN Sanneh said the KMC will pursue inclusive dialogue between the two to amicably resolve the dispute but stressed that if that too fails, the Council will allow yard owners in the community to determine who should be alkalo.

“We want this process to go peacefully because the alkaloship in this country is based on tradition. We are going to be guided by fairness among the families but we cannot have two alkalolu in one community. So if they fail to come to terms our only course of action is to go back to the community in the traditional way and seek the consent of the people; in this case the yard owners,” the KMC official said.

Sanneh said it would have been better if the clans follow the tradition and solve the matter since they know their history better than the Council, which cannot authenticate all claims.
Meanwhile elders from several clans last Wednesday convened a press conference to denounce what they called plans by the Chams to hijack a long traditional line of succession for the alkaloship of Tallinding.

Momodou Jama Suwareh, a former NEA director who spoke at the meeting, said: “There has never been a dispute over the Alkaloship of Tallinding as it is based on traditional line of inheritance. The KMC is to share the blame for this controversy, they should have set the records straight and indicate who are the original founders of Tallinding.”

Pa Sorri Sanneh, another speaker said the Cham Kunda people should have consulted the elders of their community before rushing into a controversy.
He said after the demise of the former Alkalo, two thirds of the community leaders have pledged to support the leadership of the Badjie clan as a norm.
One Ebrima Colley also said the Badjies and Colleys are the founders of Tallinding; “Who are the Chams to come today and claim for something that has been with us for a century? If they want let us go for an election and see who is more popular to lead Tallinding,” Colley said.

Colley said traditionally it was the eldest male of the Badjie clan who always became Alkalo since colonial days. He named them as Famara Badjie, Samba Badjie, Salifu Badjie and the last Ebou Badjie, who died in December 2019.
“The people of Tallinding have already made their choice until KMC came to create this controversy,” claimed Salifu Dahaba.

The Standard contacted the Cham family for their side of the story and one Yahya Cham made their case: “Cham Kunda family will not allow this rightful position to be stripped away from them in any way, as they are the rightful bearer of the mantle and are in the capacity to serve the community with hard work, honor, and transparency.
“We are the original bearers of Alkaloship but later entrusted it to Famara Badjie, who died and his late son Samba Badjie took over based on the consent and permission of the Cham family.

“Famara Badjie’s father originated from Casamance in Senegal and settled in Kudang before moving to Dembadu and finally Tallinding Manneh Kunda, where he married Arret Manneh, daughter of Ndikey Manneh and Titibaa Cham [Alassan Cham’s daughter] who was one of the reasons the alkaloship was transferred to Famara Badjie after the demise of Alkali Babou Cham, Alassan Cham’s son”.

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