EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: The government of The Gambia has declared a three-day of national mourning on the demise of the country’s founding father, Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara.
The declaration came with order for the lowering of the national flag at half mast.
The former president died at the age of 95 as an honorary former statesman at his residence in Fajara.
In a press release on Tuesday, the government said that Sir Dawda’s remains will be taken to the King Fahd Mosque in Banjul for the traditional Islamic burial rites on Thursday morning.
“Thereafter, the remains will be moved to the National Assembly to lie in state.”
According to the statement, ever since President Jawara’s passing was announced, tributes have been pouring in from across the world and a Book of Condolence has since been opened at the National Assembly Chambers.
President Adama Barrow will join a host of dignitaries, Jawara family members and religious leaders that will take part in a state ceremony.