Senator Sando Johnson

Sen. Johnson Wants Economic Tax Law Repealed

Bomi County Senator Sando Johnson has called for the amendment to the ‘Economic Improvement Tax,’ which led to the imposition on mobile telephone voice calls, the rate of one cent (US$0.01) per call, to be repealed.

The tax law has also increased excise taxes on alcoholic beverages, water and soft drinks.

In his letter to Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay and members of the House of Representatives, Senator Johnson suggested that the best alternative is to repeal the law.

Ministry of State Investigates Reported Payment of Salaries to Ex-Government Officials

The Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs is currently reviewing the Internal Audit Agency’s Report on Presidential Appointees’ Payments to verify payments made to officials of government who were removed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the review and verification investigation will also cover banking institutions holding Direct Deposit Salary Accounts for officials and employees of government. This will establish the utilization and/or availability of funds reportedly deposited into the various accounts.

Adama Barrow (left) is sworn in as President of Gambia at the country’s Embassy in Dakar Senegal (image taken from TV Thursday, Jan 19, 2017.)

Gambia’s New President Sworn-In

Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow was sworn in yesterday at the Gambian Embassy in neighboring Senegal, as longtime leader Yahya Jammeh refused to give up power.

“This is a day no Gambian will ever forget in one’s lifetime,” Barrow said at the ceremony. “This is the first time since The Gambia became independent in 1965 that the country has changed its government through the ballot box,” the VOA has reported.

The inauguration was initially meant to take place yesterday in The Gambia’s capital, Banjul, but Jammeh had remained defiant.

Mr. Azango: “I can no longer tolerate and bear membership of the Liberty Party.”

Liberty Party Vice Chair Resigns

With less than ten months to the October polls, Charles Brumskine’s Liberty Party (LP) Vice Chair for Membership and Recruitment has resigned from the party.

Emmanuel Azango has meanwhile crossed carpet to the national movement in support of Boakai (NAMBO). Vice President Joseph Boakai is contesting as standard bearer on the ticket of the governing Unity Party (UP).

Mr. Azango attributed reasons for his resignation to a ‘crudely’ undemocratic LP constitution, and tribalism.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Sends Bill for 2018 National Census to Senate

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has submitted to the Senate for consideration a Bill titled, “An Act Authorizing the Executive Branch of Government to Conduct the 2018 National Census.”

The communication is in line with Article 39 of the 1986 Constitution which empowers the Legislature to cause the census to be undertaken every 10 years.


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