EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Gambia’s presidency Wednesday afternoon announced a seven-day national mourning from Tuesday to show respect to the country’s first President Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara who died on Tuesday, at age 95.
A three-day national mourning was earlier announced following the order for the lowering of the national flag at half mast. “The public is hereby informed that His Excellency, Adama Barrow, President of the Republic of The Gambia has declared a seven-day national mourning period from Tuesday 27th August to Monday 2nd September 2019, in respect of the passing of former president, His Excellency Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara. Similarly, he has also ordered that during this period the national flag of The Gambia at all State Institutions be lowered at half-mast,” a latest release from the presidency said.
The former statesman will be accorded a state funeral this Thursday at 16: 00 hours GMT, at the country’s National Assembly in the capital, Banjul. He led The Gambia from independence in 1965 to July 1994, when he was ousted in a coup led by then army captain Yahya Jammeh.
Jawara had served the country as Prime Minister from 1962 to 1970 under British colonial rule, before becoming president. He is expected to be accorded a state burial.
Presidency also announced that a condolence book will be opened at the National Assembly building until Monday, 2nd September. “President Barrow calls on all Gambians to use these trying moments to reflect and emulate the virtues Sir Dawda left as his legacy: peace-loving, tolerant, and democratic.
It also appealed to Gambians and friends of the country and the late former leader to pray to God to grant the departed soul eternal peace.