Niamina West Parliamentarian honoured with State Funeral

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: The late Gambia Democratic Congress National Assembly Member for Niamina West, have been given a state funeral at the Assembly chambers in Banjul on Friday.

Demba Sowe passed away in Morocco some two weeks ago when he made a private visit there. The announcement of his demise was received with sadness in the country, especially the GDC party and the national assembly.

Parliamentarians and government officials gathered at the Assembly building in the Friday state funeral to pay their last respects to a man who is described as a unifier and a true son of land.

Speaker of the national assembly, Mariam Jack Denton said late Demba Sowe’s passing is a sad moment, praying for his soul to rest in eternal peace.

Speaking on behalf of the GDC party leader, chairman of the advisory board, Pateh Bah described the late parliamentarian as a loyal man who firmly stood by the party since it start.

He said Gambians have lost a father, a husband, a national assembly member and a true citizen and for the GDC party, a strong pillar is missing.

Vice president, Dr. Isatou Touray praised the late parliamentarian for his active role in the law making house, sending government’s condolences to his bereaved family and the GDC party.

She said the hearts of Gambia people are heavy and touched to lost a man who they started the journey of democracy together.

She stated that the president was devastated with the sad development and is paying his condolences to the Speaker, national assembly members, Gambia Democratic Congress, and his family members.

According to her, those who regularly attend the hearing at the national assemble can attest that the late Sowe was a giant in his party.

The vice president further stated that the late parliamentarian was a man who manifested love for the Gambia and with pride to represent his constituency in the parliament. She said he was also a man who cares for his people and never give up.

She said the late honourable Sowe have served the parliament with honour, dignity and pride, saying he was one of the parliamentarians who proved that representation is all about people and always wanted young people to be passionate.

The 48-year-old former parliamentarian was born in Niamina west, in 1972, and died in the kingdom of Morocco on the 24 of January 2020.

Written by Isatou Tamba

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