EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Second vice president of the United Democratic Party (UDP) Youth Wing, Muhammed Papa Touray, alongside his brother Saikou Touray and The Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) news presenter Sise Sawaneh are reported to have died in a car accident in the outskirts of Masembeh in Lower River Region’s Kiang East District, on Wednesday.
Reports indicate that the three were traveling to Jara Soma to witness a third division football final between a Sarahuleh team from Basse called Wagadugu and Jara West. The tyre of the double-cabin pick-up they boarded burst and the driver lost control, leading to its summersault off the road.
Officer in Charge at the Soma District Hospital confirmed that Sise Sawaneh and Muhammed Papa Touray arrived dead while Saikou Touray, who was the driver was taking his last breath. He said Buba Waggeh and Edrissa Touray have been referred to the country’s main referral hospital in Banjul.
Mr Touray has been described by the UDP Kanifing Municipality regional youth coordinator, Nyawuru Komma as a genuine and hardworking man, who gave his best to the growth and development of the party and young people.
The Gambia Press Union (GPU) described Sise as committed and hardworking young journalist of great promise. “Sise Sawaneh is already missed by her colleagues, describing her as a wonderful human being and an excellent professional.”
Mr Komma said Papa Touray was a founding member of the Soninkara Sports Association and had always demonstrate willingness and enthusiasm in all his social responsibilities. “He is virtually irreplaceable in UDP.”
Karabulie Konteh, GRTS Editor-in-chief said Sise Sawaneh was a resourceful and hardworking staff who is always prepared to execute her duties whenever she is called upon. “Sise was initially recruited at GRTS as Sarahuleh news presenter and quickly got promoted due to her proactive approach to duty.”
He said the young journalist’s demise was not a loss to only the national broadcaster but the entire Gambia, particularly the journalist fraternity.