7 February 2013

Gambia: Market Master Alleges Wrongful Dismissal

Momodou Lamin Sanyang, the Market Master at the Bundung Borehole Market complains of wrongful termination of his employment as the market master at the said market under the supervision of the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC).

Mr. Sanyang made this complaint to Foroyaa on Monday 4th February that he was working at the Bundung Market as the Market Master and received a verbal dismissal from the council without any due notice and also nothing was paid to him in lieu of notice. He also pointed out that he worked as the market master until 21 January 2013 and was laid off and only 360 dalasi was paid to him as his salary instead of 2100 dalasis as his normal monthly salary.

However, to balance the report, this reporter visited the council to hear the official version of the story regarding the above complaint.

The Public Relations Officer of the Kanifing Minicipal Council Pa Kalifa Sanyang said, he cannot comment on the matter because he believes that the complainant should have reported this matter to the Office of the Ombudsman rather than Foroyaa. He further argued that he cannot say anything with regards to his (Momodou Lamin Sanyang's) complaint.

Editor's Note

Usually such cases are solved without receiving Press Coverage. Most employees would simply accept and request for the complainant to be sent for redress or deny allegations and substantiate their position to a point that publication becomes frivolous. In this case Mr Sanyang feels the best place to go for solution is the office of Ombudsman.The complainant is therefore duly advised to do so.The role of the media is clearly stipulated under Section 207 of the Constitution. It reads:

"The press and other information media shall at all times, be free to uphold the principles, provisions and objectives of this Constitution, and the responsibility and accountability of the Government to the people of The Gambia."

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