Statement On the Recent Utterances by H.E. The President of The Republic of The Gambia
It is with grave concern that the Association of Non-Governmental Organisations of The Gambia (TANGO) put out this statement with regard to the prevailing political climate. The exchanges being put out by the political class are not beneficial to and not for nurturing peace and democracy.
In December 2016, The Gambian people voted out authoritarianism and ushered in democracy peacefully. At great risk to their persons and property, they significantly changed the political landscape and remain engaged in the day-to-day running of government.
Recent developments have raised concerns, particularly in what appears to be the shrinking of the civic space. Fundamental freedoms such as expression, the divergence of political views and respect for the rule of law are very important tenets of democracy. They are non-negotiable. We will not stand by and watch as they are clawed back.
The overt and covert threats of media houses, journalists and activists is particularly shocking. Recent utterances by H.E. President of The Republic of The Gambia are a concern. We are conveying our concern.
The exchanges on terrestrial and online media are verging on the toxic. We call on the government to swiftly implement the TRRC recommendations and related reforms.
We call on all civil society organisations to stay engaged and continue their crucial role of promoting democracy, transparency and accountability in governance.
Signed Mrs Yadicon Njie Eribo, TANGO Chairperson