27 April 2014

Gambia: Border Closure Still a Mystery Interior Ps Declines to Comment

Since the closure of the Gambia/Senegal borders to all traffic on 19 April, no statement has been issued by any government authority to explain why the border is closed. This closure came just five days after it was re-opened, to relieve people on both sides of the border. When Foroyaa got in touch with the permanent secretary ministry of the interior on Wednesday, to seek an explanation, he directed that we should write a letter requesting for an interview which was done immediately.

But when the letter was delivered, there was no response and on the following day (Thursday), the permanent secretary declined to comment on the matter saying that he was not aware of what was happening.

The Senegal/Gambia borders were closed to commercial traffic by members of the Senegalese Road and Transport Union from January 2014 till 14 April, when an agreement between the union and the GPA was concluded.

The Union was protesting against payment of higher ferry tariff in foreign currency. During that period, many businesses were affected and only one ferry instead of two had been operating at Bamba Tenda Yelli Tender crossing point, which was a loss of revenue to the GPA.


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