The Gambia/Senegal border on the Farafenni end is not closed as claimed by the government, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Senegalese commercial cars and private vehicles have been entering The Gambia since the border was declared close by President Adama Barrow, sources have revealed. The border closure was meant to prevent the spread of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic. Senegal has so far registered close to 100 Corona cases, while the Gambia had only three cases.
When Senegalese motorists are stopped by Gambia’s border guards, they would claimed that the two government had approved the free movement of vehicles between the two countries. Gambia’s border guards have no alternative, other then allowing the Senegalese travelers to cross the border, our sources said.
The Gambia is being exposed to the Coronavirus because of what our sources called “the lack of strict controls at the Border.” Senegalese living with the virus could potentially make cross border infection because of the border’s non closure at the Farafenni end, our sources added.
It would be recalled that commercial vehicles and private cars were not exempted in Barrow’s border closure declaration. Military movements, transportation of essential commodities, and medical care were exempted by the border closure decree.
Senegal is not observing and respecting the border closure. Its citizens are using Farafenni as an entry point to get into the Casamance region.
Officials of The Gambian government could not be reached for comment.