Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow has lost his eight year old son, Habibu after a dog bit him on Sunday.
International media report that Habibu died on the way to the hospital in Manjai near the Gambian capital Banjul.
Mr Barrow however could not attend son’s funeral as he was advised to remain in Senegal for his safety.
Barrow won the Gambian presidential election last year but outgoing President Yayah Jammeh has vowed to remain in power while insisting that the outcome of the election, which he initially accepted, was marred by irregularities.
The president-elect is expected to be sworn in on January 19, but Jammeh has insisted he will not stand aside until the country’s Supreme Court decides on his legal challenge seeking to annul the results of last month’s polls.
The leadership of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS have however taken Barrow out of the Gambia after a failed attempt to get President Yahya Jammeh to voluntarily relinquish power following his loss in the December 1, 2015 election.
Both ECOWAS and the African Union, AU, have also said they would cease to recognize Jammeh as president of Gambia come January 20.