Oct 8, 2020, 11:07 AM
The 163rd national situation report since the confirmation of the first case of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in The Gambia on 16 March 2020 has indicated no new recorded positive case.
Momodou Lamin Sisay, a 39-year-old Gambian who was fondly called Boy Sisay, was resident in a county northeast of Atlanta, US. He was killed by police on May 29, 2020.
In the wake of a global protest (including The Gambia) against brutality and racism, an aunt to the deceased, Yvette Wadda, expressed her devastation on receiving the news of her nephew’s death.
“The news found me on my sick bed and it makes me so confused,” said Yvette Wadda Jatta. She added that it was very difficult for them after hearing the news of Boy Sisay’s death.
“Modou Lamin Sisay was a very pious man. He was under my guardianship when he was in The Gambia. All what is being said in the police report in America are all lies. We are now calling for justice for the death of our son (Modou Lamin Sisay), George Floyd and all the other blacks who were brutally killed by the American people.”
For her part, Louise Kwokori, a cousin to Modou Lamin Sisay, who spoke amid tears, told The Point that all what they are demanding for is justice for the death of her cousin.
Contrary to what has been claimed surrounding the circumstances of his death, she said Boy Sisay was a very pious man who would never engage in what the American police report said about him, (fire fight).
Madam Kwokori said that the late Sisay was too young, with no wife or kid, and for him to lose his life in that way in hands of the police was unacceptable.
“Our demand for justice is not only for Boy Sisay but also for all the other black people who were killed by the American police – to make sure that our voices are heard; to put an end to the racism and brutality black people face in America and other countries.”
Monica Jatta, a sister to Modou Lamin Sisay also said that it was very difficult for them after hearing news of the death of Boy Sisay, adding that nobody wishes for their family member to die like Modou Lamin and George Floyd.
“We are now calling for justice to prevail for Modou Lamin Sisay, George Floyd and all the others blacks who died in the hands of the American authorities.”
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Network of Gender Journalists for Women and Cultural Advancement (NoGJWCA) in partnership with officials of Star GSM last week began a nationwide tour of women horticultural gardens across the country.
Prominent and well-known Senegambians in Europe welcomed the appointment of H.E. David Belgrove – OBE, the new High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to The Gambia, describing it as ‘‘excellent news.’’