EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:- The Ministry of Tourism and Culture is set to cancel all upcoming festivals and shows till further notice amid COVID-19 fears, a close source told Eye Africa TV.
According to our source, the minister, Hon. Hamat Bah proposed the decision pending the advice of technicians.
The reliable source, who is close to one of the festival organizers, said the ministry’s technical committee will be meeting later today to finalize the decision to either cancel or not.
The next few weeks are set to be a busy lineup for The Gambia as political events, shows and festivals are scheduled to be held.
President Barrow’s NPP will be launching its party this Saturday and the event is expected to attract over 25000 militants from across the country. In February, his main rival, UDP is organizing a mega fundraising event at the Independence Stadium in Bakau. None of these events are expected to be postponed.
This weekend, Janjanbureh KanKurang Festival is on track to be held as more participants are gearing up to attend the cultural event. In early February, a famous Gambian Afromanding rap star, ST(Brikama boy) is planning to launch his latest album dubbed “Dinding Mansa” at the Independence Stadium. The cancellation of events by the ministry could see these two programs and several others to be rescheduled.
The Gambia has so far registered 4,008 cases, out of which 3722 have recovered and 128 others died since the outbreak began in the country.
The Ministry of Health on Saturday called for the reinforcement of the COVID-19 measures put in place, emphasizing the importance of wearing a mask and social distancing outside homes. But however, fall short to call for tougher measures. So, it’s not yet clear as to what ground will the ministry base their decision on.
We will keep you up to-date as the issue evolve.
Eye Africa TV now ask this question: Is it justifiable to cancel festivals and shows while political events such as party lunching and fundraisers allowed to hold?