Home Jawara v Gambia (Communication No. /95, /96) [] ACHPR 17; (11 May ). Jawara v Gambia (Communication No. /95, /96) []. The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACmHPR) held that the Government of Gambia, by failing to provide any defense to the allegations. Jawara v Gambia, Merits, Communication no /95, Communication no /96, 27th ordinary session (27 April May ), 13th Annual Activity Report.

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Under ERP, in —86, the deficit was 72 million Dalasis, and it increased to million Dalasis in — Jawara understood the political advantages of corruption. In time, however, a measure of disappointment set in as the people quickly discovered that their leaders could not deliver on all their promises. No doubt there was a strong element of opportunism in Sanyang’s actions, yet the fact that he seized upon corruption as a suitable justification for his actions reflected increasing public awareness of the problem.

While Senegal’s intervention was ostensibly to rescue President Jawara’s regime, it had the effect of undermining Gambian sovereignty, which was something that had been jealously guarded by Gambians and Jawara in particular.

Sir Dawda K Jawara v. The Gambia

Decision The Commission noted that the Republic of the Gambia had ratified the African Jawraa, and regardless of suspension of the Bill of rights the provisions of the Charter remained applicable. At the time of his return to The Gambia, politics in the colony were dominated by a group of urban elites from Bathurst and the Kombo St. Retrieved 8 July Since independence, there has been little change in the structure of the economy, which remains very heavily dependent on groundnut production.

Initially, then, corruption played a significant part in the survival of the PPP, uniting political, bureaucratic and gambiq interests in a series of mutually beneficial and supportive relationships. Three weeks after the aborted coup and the successful restoration of Jawara by Senegalese troops, Presidents Diouf and Jawara, at a joint press conference, announced plans for the establishment of the Senegambian Confederation. With Jawara’s rise to power after the elections, the colonial administration began a gradual withdrawal from The Gambia, and self-government was granted in The Gambia portal Biography portal Politics portal.

Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawar. Many of the party’s earliest adherents even those who showed no outward sign of disloyalty lost ministerial posts during the early years of PPP rule.

Within the ruling group, ministerial positions—which provided a generous salary, perks and for some, access to illicit wealth—constituted the most sought after form of patronage and yet, beforethe number of ministerial posts did not exceed seven.


Several cases of corruption were revealed and these seriously indicted the PPP regime. The increased public awareness of corruption weakened the PPP regime and furnished the conspirators with a suitable pretext for intervention. Upon matriculation inhe worked as a nurse until at the Victoria Hospital in Bathurst now Banjul.

The Commission established that the government had failed to provide any defence to the allegations raised by the applicant concerning violations of Article 9.

The Gambia also had a 75 percent illiteracy rate, only 40 percent of the population had access to potable water supply, and over 75 percent of the population were living in absolute poverty. The most striking consequence of the aborted coup was the intervention of the Senegalese troops at the request of Jawara, as a result of the defence treaty signed between the two countries in For many years observers viewed corruption in The Gambia as significantly less prevalent than in many other African states.

In the process, he established valuable social contacts and relationships with the relatively well-to-do cattle owners in the protectorate. We were serious to run a government according to the rule of law and for this we were highly rated and respected.

Jawara did not resort to the authoritarian and often punitive backlash that follows coups in most of Africa. However the new self-appointed, five-man ruling council dissolved the constitution and established a nationwide curfew until democracy was reinstated. He trained as a veterinary surgeon at the University of Glasgow ‘s School of Veterinary Medicine and then completed his training at the University of Liverpool.

A possible union between two new West African states”. On the other, Jawara’s rejection of coercion as a survival technique meant that overt public challenges could not simply be suppressed; it was vital the latent threat posed by specific societal groups remain dormant.

A confederal parliament and cabinet were set up with several ministerial positions going to The Gambia. The Gambia Search Advanced Search….

The original group resented the fact that newcomers had not participated in the early struggle for power and yet were now enjoying the fruits of their labour.

Insights for Adjustmet in Sub-Saharan Africa. Instead, he made overtures of reconciliation, with judicious and speedy trial and subsequent release of over detainees. The economic situation has generally been characterized by rampant inflation, periods of excessive monetary instability and credit squeeze While at Prince of Wales College and School popularly known as Achimota CollegeJawara showed little interest in politics at a time when Ghana and many colonies in Africa were beginning to become restless for political independence or internal self-government.


The confederation collapsed in On 22 Julya group of soldiers led by Lieutenant Yahya Jammeh stormed the capital.

Dawda Jawara – Wikipedia

Their father Almammi, who jaara several wives, was a well-to-do trader from gaambia aristocratic family who commuted from Barajally Tenda to his trading post in Wally Kunda. Compared with the previous attempt to overthrow Jawara, though, this coup was deemed “bloodless”. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

One of six sons, Dawda is the lastborn on his mother’s side and a younger brother to sister Na Ceesay and brothers Basaddi and Sheriffo Jawara.

Jawara may not have used force, but neither was he hampered by sentiment; his pragmatism and willingness to demote, or even drop, former supporters in order to strengthen his personal political position was apparent. Findings of the Commission. Dawda was enrolled at Mohammedan primary school. The Aku, a small and educated group, are descendants of freed slaves who settled jawaraa The Gambia after manumission.

Dawda Jawara

In The Gambia two additional factors persuaded Jawara to pursue a somewhat different route to political survival. He decided to enter politics and became secretary of the new People’s Progressive Party PPP and was elected to the House of Representatives in the election.

The greatest challenge to Dawda Jawara’s rule other than the coup that ended his power in was an attempted coup inheaded by a disgruntled ex-politician turned Marxist, Kukoi Samba Sanyang. The coup, which followed jawata weakening of the economy and allegations of corruption against leading politicians, [9] occurred on July 29, and was carried out by the leftist National Revolutionary Councilcomposed of Kukoi Samba Sanyang’s Socialist and Revolutionary Labour Party SRLP and elements of the “Field Force” a paramilitary force which constituted the bulk of the country’s armed forces.

The government reduced its budget deficit, increased its foreign exchange reserves, and eliminated its debt service arrears. With a small civil service, staffed mostly by the Aku and urban WollofsJawara and the PPP sought ths build a nation and develop an economy to sustain both farmers and urban dwellers.