Gambian President-Elect’s 8-Year-Old Son Killed by a Dog

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Gambia’s President-elect, Adama Barrow, has lost his eight-year-old son, Habibou Barrow after being bitten by a dog.

Habibu Barrow is reported to have died on the way to the hospital on Sunday in Manjai near the Gambian capital Banjul. Unfortunately, Mr. Barrow missed his son’s funeral as he was advised to remain in neighbouring Senegal for his safety.

Gambian local media reports that Mr. Barrow is a devout Muslim who is reportedly married with two wives and has five children.

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Mr. Barrow won the presidential election last year bringing an end to two decades of President Yahya Jammeh’s rule, but outgoing President Jammeh has refused to accept the result after initially conceding defeat and congratulating Mr. Barrow.

Outgoing President Jammeh applied to the Supreme Court to stop Mr. Barrow’s inauguration, asking for the court to nullify the result because of what he claimed were errors made by Gambia’s electoral commission. He vowed to remain in power until he could hold new elections.

But the country’s chief justice said he could not rule on an injunction filed by Jammeh to prevent Barrow’s inauguration going ahead. High-level diplomacy by West Africa’s most prominent presidents have also failed to persuade Jammeh to cede power.

Thousands of Gambians have fled the country in recent weeks, some afraid that a war may break out. ECOWAS has said it will resort to military intervention if necessary. Similarly, the African Union has said it will cease to recognize Jammeh as president from this Thursday.

Meanwhile, the incoming president has said in spite of Yahya Jammeh’s attempts to thwart his inauguration, it would go ahead as planned this week.

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In a statement released on Monday, Adama Barrow said he would be sworn in “on Gambian soil” on Thursday. He will then get to “work on reversing serious damage caused by 22 years of malgovernance.”