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Abdoulie Bah, Incumbent Mayor of Banjul commonly known as Lie Bah

April 25, 2018

Abdoulie Bah gained interest in politics at an early age under the tutelage of Kelefa Samba, a former mayor of Banjul.

Born in 1948 in Hope Street to Babucarr Bah of Banjul and Ya Jambon Sarr, both of blessed memory, Bah started his schooling at Leman Primary School but because he failed the Common Entrance Exam in 1960 at Muhammadan School and couldn’t proceed, his desire to learn forced him to undergo private studies under the mentorship of Ebrima Mbowe, who is now the Deputy Emir of Ahmadiyaa Muslim Jamaat and former director of GTTI.

Bah went to technical school and in 1987, contested in Council Election under PPP ticket and went on to serve two terms in office.

In 2013, he contested as an independent candidate in the Banjul Mayoral election and won with a landslide. He is the incumbent mayor for Banjul, although an interim committee is currently in charge of the BCC.

There are two areas; the basic standard of the individual and the intelligence of the individual. If you lack these things, God could easily give you something else. And if God give you all of these two things, then thank God. I wasn’t very good at school but more intelligent than many who graced the classroom.

I was a social worker and a community leader. I stepped into politics because I was approached by our people. The people choose me as their ring leader, that’s how I enter the fray of Gambian politics and of course with the support of Alhaji IBA Kelefa Samba in 1976. He invited us to a meeting, the first President was there and Samba announced my name as one of the speakers. That was my first time associating myself with politicians. Do you know I was insulted because I stood my ground and said that I was a community leader and a social worker? I was instructed to join the political fray and help Kelefa. I assisted him to capture Banjul North under the seat of the PPP. Kelefa was a good guy and he encouraged me a lot and treated me as if I were his son.

In 1979, I was selected to contest Council election for Campama Ward but I refused because I was very young at the time. I returned to my work at the GUC until in 1987 when the demand comes from the people again to take up the seat of the Campama. I was convinced and I knew I could do the job and got elected as councilor. During my time as councilor I traveled and sometimes with Kelefa to many places and once coming from England, I remember wanting to buy a television and radio because in those days those things were not common here at all. I served two terms as a councilor and in 1994,Yahya Jammeh came in and overthrew the government.

Anyway, there are two areas that concerned me when I was a councilor; one, the extension of the street lightings from that end to Gambia High School and two, to establish a bridge which can give an easy connection from Tobbaco road to the highway and give access to students to get to their schools without diverting their course. Today, we are using that bridge. I am extremely happy about that.

When I retired in 94 from the Gambia Ports Authority, I sat for another 12-years I believe, without having to do nothing with Gambian politics. I was not a member of any party then; PPP was overthrown and I was a PPP member, and we couldn’t have access to anything. So I kept to myself.

Banjul is only the City in the Gambia, across the country that appears to look like a bush house. We are building this new office at the Independence drive. I also have another agenda for the young people, which is to create an ultra-modern complex for the benefit of the young people of Banjul.

These are the legacies I want to leave because I am not assuming that I am going to live another 30-years. I need to build and do more work so that whosoever comes tomorrow, will try to emulate and do more for the younger generation. This is a process and I hope to continue the good work when I am re-elected.

I want to win. If the people want development, they should vote for me. If they don’t, they can choose anyone they want.

By: Ansumana S.O. Nyassi