The death of Landing Jallow Sonko, the former Local Government Minister in the defunct People’s Progressive Party (PPP), has been announced. Mr. Sonko died late Monday evening at a Dakar hospital. He died around 9:00 clock PM, according to sources reaching this medium. His remains would be evacuated to Banjul for burial later today.
The late Landing Jallow Sonko is a native of Nuimi. He was a career Civil Servant prior to venturing into politics. He taught in many Gambian schools before becoming a full fledged politician, He was among the old guard of the PPP party led by Omar Amadou Jallow after the retirement of President Jawara from active politics.
The news of his death came as a big shock to his family, loved ones, The Gambia and her people. A source, who reached us said Mr. Sonko was accompanied to the Dakar Fann hospital by his wife Amie Samba after he was airlifted from Banjul by an air ambulance from Dakar. His health condition deteriorated late Monday, leading to his unfortunate demise. He told his family that he was recovering few days ago, only for his health condition to suddenly worsen. He later scummed to his death.
It would be recalled that Mr. Sonko was knocked down by a motorist, a week ago, while he was either going or coming from his early morning Fajirr prayers. The driver was arrested and placed under police custody.
We tried reaching the late Landing Jallow Sonko’s sons in the United States, but they were indisposed for comment. His son Lamin Sonko’s line was completely off. His other son in Texas too was also not available for comment.
We phoned Dakar as soon as we received the news of Landing Jallow Sonko’s unfortunate death. A family member, who accompanied Landing to Senegal said the former Local Government Minister died on Monday night. The family member said they were working on transporting the body of the late Minister to The Gambia for burial.
When contacted for comment OJ Jallow leader of the PPP, also confirmed the story. He said he was informed about the tragic demise of his longtime friend and political comrade Landing Jallow Sonko. He said Landing’s death is a big loss to the family, The Gambia and her people, including the PPP party. OJ prayed for Landing and said may God reserve place for him in heaven, Mr. Jallow will be on Freedom Radio Gambia on Tuesday to pay special tribute to his late colleague Landing Jallow Sonko.
May his soul rest in perfect peace. May God reserve place for him in heaven. Amen.