Gambia Independence Act 1964

The Gambia Independence Act 1964 (1964 c. 93) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that gave independence to The Gambia with effect from 18 February 1965. The Act also provided for the continued right of appeal from the Gambian courts to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, which was abolished in 1998 when Yahya Jammeh decided to reorganise the Gambian judiciary under the 1997 Constitution of The Gambia, which replaced the 1970 Constitution of The Gambia that had been suspended after the 1994 Gambian coup d'état on 22 July 1994.

Gambia Independence Act 1964
Act of Parliament
Long titleAn Act to make provision for, and in connection with, the attainment by The Gambia of fully responsible status within the Commonwealth.
Citation1964 c. 93
Introduced byAnthony Greenwood
Royal assent17 December 1964
Status: Current legislation
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

Marlborough House conference

On 23 July 1964, a conference was held at Marlborough House to make plans for Gambian independence. A high level delegation from The Gambia, led by Prime Minister Dawda Jawara, met with a British delegation led by Duncan Sandys, the Secretary of State for the Colonies. Sandys discussed an independent Gambia's need for financial assistance, a part he envisaged would be played by the British. However, Sandys also noted that independence 'was not all about money'.[1]

Gambian attendees

  • Dawda Jawara, Prime Minister of The Gambia
  • Sheriff Sekouba Sisay, Minister of Finance
  • Sheriff Mustapha Dibba
  • Alieu Badara Njie, Minister of Works and Communication
  • Amang Kanyi, Minister of Agriculture
  • Seyfo Omar Mbakeh
  • Kalilu Singhateh
  • Famara Wassa Touray
  • Paul L. Baldeh
  • Pierre Sarr N'Jie
  • I. A. S. Burang John
  • Kebba W. Foon
  • I. M. Garba Jahumpa
  • Philip Bridges, Attorney General of The Gambia
  • F. D. C. Williams
  • K. J. W. Lane
  • Rev. J. C. Faye
  • Sir John Paul, Governor of The Gambia

British attendees


  1. "The Story of Gambia's Independence". The Standard. 17 February 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  • Whitaker's Almanack: for the year 1966, complete edition, p. 321. J. Whitaker & Sons, London, 1965
  • Chronological table of the statutes; HMSO, London. 1993. ISBN 0-11-840331-1
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