Papa Kumba Loum Is Only Scratching His Itching Wound
By Sulayman Bah
First and Foremost, it is evident that Mr. Loum is a Loose PDOIS opponent, as a result, his article`s primary intention is to have a biting point on Sidia’s remarks, and this culminated in him to make an attempt of blowing Sidia’s statement out of proportion.
Secondly, I would like to refer Mr. Loum to Peter Druckers book entitled the “Knowledge Society” for him to learn the basics of development, so that he can understand what Honourable Jatta is advocating for, and contextualize his statement that. One of the Gambia’s main problems is its adoption of English as its official Language, to our present socio, political and economic realities. Peter Drucker is one of the world’s best management Philosophers/Economics who contributed to the European Marshall Plan.
Mr. Loum, I may not have the space here to lecture you on the importance of first language, Literacy and Development. More so, what you need to understand and accept is that, Sidia is working hard to Empower disadvantage Men and Women in rural Gambia, for them to co-exist with so-called western educationists like you.
Thirdly, if Europeans were able to command their own developmental processes and models with their primary languages, why are you undermining the African Intelligence to do the same? Mr. Loum you acknowledged that, the PDOIS has been active in rural Gambia for the past three decades to educate Gambians on Socio-cultural, Political and Economic issues and Civic realities underpinning them, So are you really Qualified to know Gambia`s problem more than the PDOIS leadership? You made mentioned of issues that are indisputable realities that are amongst Gambia`s problem, However, these issues are addressed in the PDOIS Agenda 2016 provisional manifesto. To my understanding Sidia made this statement in conjunctions to the problems caused by illiteracy in the Gambia, the majority of Gambian voters who are actively taking part in elections/voting’s does not understand their basic human rights, and how the state is manage. The National Council for Civic Education can attest to the fact that, when they are on sensitisation tours, they are sometime chased out of some villages with the presumption that, they belong to the opposition; I am a witness to this. How will you expect an illiterate to understand bad governance? How would you expect an illiterate to understand the importance of an opposition and alternative approaches of governance in a country?
Mr. Loum, you need to scholarly rationalize statements, and you don’t need to provoke important initiatives to score political biting points. One would expect after one of your controversial articles, in which you remarked that Gambian Men don have balls, you will never surface into Gambian affairs without a public apology and to your own parents for insulting the entire nation.
And finally, just to proof you wrong again, you once attacked PDOIS for not attending the Raleigh Conference and you stated that, PDOIS risk been politically redundant. Mr Loum I am proud to inform you that, recently PDOIS is the most active party on the ground. And now you need to inform readers the laughable outcome of the Raleigh Conference? Summarily, your criticism is politically motivated and holds no substance.