Oct 7, 2020, 11:24 AM
His Excellency President Adama Barrow has declared all “lumo” markets throughout the jurisdiction of The Gambia open.
Responding to a question while speaking to West Coast Radio, Mr. Sankareh told the audience of the developing decision.
Sankareh said: “Borders will be opened before Thursday.”
However, it is not clear if the government will open both the airspace and the land borders simultaneously.
Many Gambians have questioned the rationale of maintaining the land border closure, citing lack of its effectiveness as thousands of travellers cross the only land border to Senegal through various unofficial points.
A classic example was the recent holy pilgrimage to the holy city of Touba Senegal when Gambians and non Gambians alike travelled to grace the occasion.
Interestingly, the very government that officially shut the borders for the past five months denied discouraging anyone from attending the pilgrimage in Touba.
Many Gambians have called on the government to open the land border while enforcing the Health Ministry and WHO guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
It is widely speculated and presumed that the Gambia will only open the land border along Senegal if the Senegalese authorities choose to do so.
It remains to be seen if Dakar will reciprocate when the Gambia opens its border with its only neighbour Senegal.
Some 15 people have been charged with multiple counts of fraud and forgery over the much-talked about diplomatic passport scandal that prompted an investigative panel comprising the Police, Immigration and sister agencies.