a press conference marking his first 100 days in office, the mayor of the
Kanifing Municipal Council, Ahmed Talib Bensouda said his council, Brikama Area
Council and Banjul Municipal Council have established an inter-municipal
committee that would work on the eventual closure of Bakoteh dump-site and put
in place a joint strategy for waste management.
Mayor Bensouda said in service delivery, there are numerous illegal dumps-sites in the municipality as a result of illegal dumping, mostly by donkey carts. “I have instructed the administration to continuously clear all illegal dumpsites. The Bakoteh dumpsite is causing serious environmental pollution and public health hazard to the residents of the communities surrounding the dumpsite,” he said.
Mr. Bensouda became mayor of Gambia’s most populated municipality in the May 12, 2018 Mayoral Elections under the United Democratic Party’s (UDP) ticket, scoring 29, 325 of the total votes casted in the municipality while his closest contestant Rambo Jatta of the APRC party candidate had 17,392 votes.
“I was sworn in on 21 May 2018 with a clear mandate to lead the Kanifing Municipality from the dark past of financial mismanagement, blatant corruption and abuse of office to a new era of transparency and accountability to the tax payers and the delivery of basic services to the residents of the municipality,” Mayor Bensouda said.
He said the council that he and his team inherited suffers from lack of human, technical and financial capital and capacity, saying these are challenges that they must overcome as administration of the community resources. “To do so, we need the support and participation of the community development for a joint effort that we all share.”
He said the council’s financial committee is comprised of accountants, auditors and experts in public financial, management, saying the former administration was operating a multitude of bank accounts, which was contrary to the local government finances and audit. “The new administration promptly commenced the process of closing down the accounts to maintain one council development fund account. We are going to operate only three accounts which vastly reduced the risk of maladministration.”