Gambia’s capital Banjul has its first female mayor. Rohey Malick Lowe becomes the first ever woman to rise to the position of leading one of West Africa’s smallest capitals.
She was duly elected to the post during the May 12 Mayoral elections that took place in Banjul and Kanifing areas. It is the first mayoral election after ouster of Yahya Jammeh.
She run on the ticket of the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP). Incidentally the Lowe name is not new to the post, her father, Malik Lowe was a one-time Mayor of the city.
Just across the border in Sierra Leone, a woman was also elected mayor, Yvonne Aki Sawyerr, for the first time in over three decades.
Congrats to our elected mayor @yakisawyerr on your swearing in today. We wish you all the best in this role. We hope you provide the exemplary changes the city of #Freetown needs. #EmpowerWomen #EducateTheGirlChild #StopVAW #EndChildMarriage #EndFGM #EndTeenPregnancy pic.twitter.com/mptAgNQzsq
— SaloneWomen (@SaloneWomen) May 11, 2018
In outlining her aspirations for Banjul in a Go Fund Me page in February 2018, she said: “After 22 year’s Executive neglect, the Gambia and her capital Banjul in particular need a serious face-lift. Banjul as a City is in a bad shape, and it would require pragmatic, visionary leadership with a progressive team and established structures to make that happen.
“Rohey Malick Lowe acknowledges and assumes this task as a citizen responsibility, and is ready to get in the trenches with YOU and with YOUR help, give us ‘the City We Deserve!’ Of the many issues that the City faces, a Rohey Lowe Council’s immediate priority areas will include, but not limited to: SANITATION, MUNICIPAL ECONOMY, PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE.