In a relatively short time span, your government has violated the constitution so many times that one may even lose count. There have been a series of missteps which have the potential to harm the country. Rights’ defenders have written and spoken out many times; yet, you just keep quiet as if everything is normal.
In twelve months, we have had the President Barrow Youth Movement, the Adama Barrow Foundation for Inclusive Development and the Fatoumatta Bah Barrow Foundation. These are not in anyway relevant to the development of the nation. You have been given a mandate to serve the people of the Gambia. Having these foundations will certainly amount to a conflict of interest in one way or the other.
You see, if it is a question of naivety, let me tell you that there are spineless people who will do anything to get name and fame when all they deserve is shame. They will use these foundations. groups, movements or whatever they are called to make money at the expense of the country. And if you fail – as you certainly will – if you don’t disassociate yourself from them now, they will turn against you so fast you won’t know what hit you. Just study what is going on at the Janneh Commission you set up and see. Everyone is turning against Yahya Jammeh and blaming him for their own wrongs.
We elected you into office to do a job but we are not going to allow you to take us the road of dictatorship and autocracy again. We will speak out against any wrong doing.
The problem is that since these foundations and movements came into being, many rights’ activists and lovers of this country have been talking and writing; yet, you choose to totally ignore what we are saying. You have not even acknowledged that there is a problem. You don’t talk about it or show in anyway that you care about these issues. It’s either you are not aware of the potential harm these foundations and movements have or you are downright being condescending. Either is unacceptable.
Democracy is participatory and that is why we are doing our best to ensure that we do our part in the national discourse. If you remain quiet it means you are not interested in what we have to say and the truth is; you should because we (the Gambian people) voted you into office. We may in the long rum be compelled to call for a protest and occupy the streets until you listen to us. If all these fail, Mr President, we will take legal action and sue you. The laws of the land allow us to take you to court if you intentionally refuse to address our concerns.
It’s time for the masses to realize their power and ensure that good governance prevails. I say, Power to the People’!
Have a Good Day Mr President…
Tha Scribbler Bah
A Concerned Citizen