Gambia’s government has given D150,000 to the families of 30 victims who were involved in a motor vehicle accident outside Brikama.
A taxi crashed into a group of people celebrating the victory of President Adama Barrow in Kitty. Among them were supporters of a football club who won a tournament and were on their way home when they joined the group.
Halifa Sallah, a special adviser to the president said the sum was to take care of some medical needs, travel cost for family members and other incidentals.
The driver of the vehicle, Alpha Jallow from Brikama Nyambai and a native of Niumi has been arrested by the police and charged with ‘reckless driving causing injury.’
Jallow’s family has donated D11,000 to families of the victims.
The Gambian authorities have sent a delegation to Kitty, where they met with family members of the victims ascertain the cause of the accident and to avoid any misunderstanding that may bring about civil strife.
Gambia’s health system is in a bad state and government will have to heavily invest in the sector. The victims who had broken legs had cardboard strapped to keep their legs in position.