His Excellency President Adama Barrow, The First Family and The Gambia Government wish to express heartfelt condolences to the family of the late former Gambian President, His Excellency Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, GCRG, GMRG. It is with tremendous shock and sadness that President Barrow an avid admirer of Sir Dawda, received news of his death at his Fajara residence on Tuesday August 27, 2019.
In recognition of Sir Dawda’s invaluable contribution to The Gambia; as founding President and author of our independence, President Adama Barrow has instructed that a full state burial befitting Sir Dawda’s impressive and inspirational legacy be accorded. President Barrow has also declared three days of national mourning, ordered flags to to fly at half mast. The Gambian Head of state has kindly requested prayers in all mosques on Friday and all churches on Sunday for the repose of the soul of Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara. Ever since President Jawara’s passing was announced, tributes have been pouring in from across the world and a Book of Condolence has since been opened at the National Assembly Chambers.
On Thursday morning Sir Dawda’s remains will be taken to the King Fahd Mosque in Banjul for the traditional Islamic burial rites. Thereafter, the remains will be moved to the National Assembly to lie in state. Later that evening, President Barrow will be among a host of dignitaries, Jawara family members and religious leaders that will take part in a state ceremony.
Signed: Ebrima G. Sankareh
The Gambia Government Spokesperson