Gambia’s President-elect losses son to dog bite

Habibu Barrow, the eight-year-old son of Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow has died after being bitten by a dog.

Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow

Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow


Barrow reportedly died on the way to the hospital after Sunday’s incident in Manjai near Banjul.

His funeral has already taken place.

Mr Barrow is in the Senegalese capital Dakar ahead of his planned inauguration on Thursday.

Mr Barrow has two wives and four other children, according to reports.

The president-elects’s media team confirmed the news to local Gambian news portal “Freedom Newspaper” on Monday.

“Yes, Habibou Barrow passed away last night after being bitten by a dog.

“He was the eight years old son of the second wife of Adama Barrow.

“He will be laid to rest today at 2.00 p.m,” the publication quoted an unnamed member of Barrow’s team.

Adama Barrow is currently living in Dakar since Sunday at the request of the ECOWAS chairperson, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Senegalese President, Macky Sall, agreed on Saturday to host Barrow until his inauguration on Thursday when he will be escorted by some African leaders to the event.

It is not clear if Adama Barrow will return for the funeral ahead of his inauguration, which is being contested in court by outgoing President, Yahya Jammeh.

Jammehhas petitioned the Supreme Court to annul and rerun the Dec. 1, 2016 polls.


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