Wednesday, September 04, 2019


Tuesday 27th August 2019 the Gambia and the rest of the world mourned the death of Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, the first President of the Republic of the Gambia. The news of his demise draws the curtain on the life of a highly respected and honourable patriot who held the reins of power for over three decades.

The announcement brought sadness within every sector, tribe, religion, political party in the country as well as deep reflection on his life and legacy. The country’s road to independence cannot be written or told without mentioning Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara’s contribution. His name will go down in the annals of history for his participation in liberating his country from the shackles of colonial subjugation. Such freedom did not come on a silver platter; but came as a result of a hard-won, relentless battle which we acknowledge. That epoch marked the dawn of a new era against the backdrop of the convictions of better-endowed nations that The Gambia would be unable to survive as a viable nation.

As a body of Christian citizens, we unite our voices with the host of Gambians at home and abroad in celebrating the life of an iconic figure whose principles of democracy  human rights, good governance, tolerance and the rule of law earned him respect in both national and international circles. While we grieve over the loss of Sir Dawda, we want to remember him for shaping the destiny of our dear motherland through his commitment, dedication and devotion to the cause of nation- building.

As Christians we think that the greatest honour, we as a nation can give to Sir Dawda is to follow his example as the premier citizen who put his service to his nation and people ahead of his own personal gain and interest. We can revive the values and virtues he displayed of discipline, hard work, honesty and integrity which are the pillars of any great nation. We can embrace his belief that every human being irrespective of race, ethnicity or religion has inalienable and fundamental rights which cannot and must not be violated by their fellow human being. We can continue the work he began to protect our flora and fauna by doing our utmost to protect our environment whilst maximising the productive capacity of our natural resources. Like him we can think global and at the same time act local in the best interest our nation and our people. Should we as a nation have the courage to walk in his footsteps then we would ensure President Dawda Kairaba Jawara’s legacy truly lives on through us the Gambian people.

We extend our profound and sincere condolences to the members of his family and to the Gambia at large; backed by our prayers that the Lord Almighty will comfort and console them.

May his soul rest in perfect peace.

 The entire Christian