Gambia: Single Mothers Scheme CEO Declares Interest in Serekunda Parliamentary Seat

Young Gambian charity founder, Ms. Fatoumatta Jammeh-Jeng, declared her interest to run as a member of parliament for the Serekunda Constituency on Monday, 27 December, 2021 ahead of the forthcoming national assembly elections.

Ms Jammeh-Jeng, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and founder of Single Mothers Scheme, also encouraged Gambians especially women to be part of the governing system.

The current NAM for Serekunda, Halifa Sallah, who was the standard bearer for the People’s Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) during the recently concluded presidential elections. Sallah has since announced that the December polls is his last time to contest elections.

Born and brought up in Serrekunda, Jammeh-Jeng said Serrekunda is of concern to her, citing lack of good roads, under-employment, problems of hygiene, security, among others are issues which need to be addressed.

“Observing the trend of politics in our community I realized a lot of grassroots issues that can only be remedied when they are known,” she said.

In this respect, Ms Jammeh-Jeng, who is also the co-founder of Gambia First, said to overcome these challenges, measures need to be put in place, such as street lights for security purposes, community policing and random security patrols.

“For me, a better democracy is a democracy where women do not only have the right to vote and elect but be elected and voted for,” she said.