On July 22 1994 was not only a day the Gambian peoples’ mandate was stolen but it also marked the departure point for the Gambians to enjoy their freedom of movement, association and freedom of speech. This day is like no other because Gambians were hungry for a change, and were looking forward with hope for a better life, and a promising future. Twenty years later, we are trying to wean ourselves from the scourges of years of oppression, exploitation and gross underdevelopment brought upon us by this change. Indeed the coup was like no other because the nation have had enough for one person being the president for 30 years. The people were loaded with lots of hope and expectations for a new Gambia.
In the last 20 years we have all witnessed that the task to overcome the years of abuse and neglect under president Jammeh in The Gambia is not only arduous but beset with numerous challenges among which are TRIBALISM and NEPOTISM. Tribalism is a serious problem in The Gambia which if not tackled head on will jeopardized progress of the Third Republic. Tribalism perpetuates insecurity, hinder development, negates democracy and threatens the rule of law. Tribalism is very prevalent in The Gambia as we speak. It is with this realisation that We the citizens of The Gambia will come together in the Third Republic to put up a fight against tribalism. We believe that the status quo in The Gambia is detrimental and can only lead to a failed nation which we all are witnessing at this moment. We will need to set up a civic society and advocacy group which will be dedicated to the eradication of tribalism and the promotion of peace and unity in a post Jammeh era. WE WILL NIP JAMMMEH IN THE BUD BEFORE 2016 and THEN..This civic service and advocacy group will work for a UNITED Gambia, free of tribalism and a people who will be proud of their nation, and living in peace and harmony with each other and theirs neighbors. This group which will consist of all the different tribes in The Gambia will engage the people from the grassroots level. The group will engage in an active campaign and sensitization of the people against tribalism through discussion forums, workshops, seminars in collaborations with institutions of learning, mosques, churches, NGOS and local leaders. The group will promote peace through conflict resolutions and active dialogue to address any prevailing or anticipated causes of tribalism and nepotism within and between different tribes. This group will encourage national and regional legislative bodies to adopt a legal framework on protecting property ownership, amicable use if shared resources, and punitive measures against acts of forceful possession or robbery of properties of others. Yaya Jammeh will not be spared. All the properties that he took from peoples will be given back.
We will engage the government of the Third Republic to invest in a strong police force with a mandate and capacity to enforce the law and protect local communities. The group will also encourage social interaction and cordial coexistence among various tribes in The Gambia. The group will also promote freedom of speech and expression, and movement. The group will also promote love, loyalty, and devotion for the common good and interest of The Gambia.
Fellow Gambians, the time is fast approaching for Yaya to exit the presidency. We need to prepare for a new Gambia. Let nobody be left behind…TOGETHER WE CAN.