When the leader of opposition Gambia Democractic Congress (GDC) was pedaling allegations that ministers of the Coalition government embezzled donor funds he didn’t realise how he had weakened his political career. Mama Kandeh would have been a political darling had he substantiated what turned out to be “wild allegations.” His failure to prove his case had only left Kandeh politically wounded in a country where open liars deserve no respect.
What can Mama Kandeh do to redeem his tattered image? It appears he runs out of options because he had waited for too long to either provide evidence or offer an apology, forgetting that time sometimes doesn’t heal a problem. In a New Gambia, people don’t want to let anything political to sleep. That’s why we weren’t surprised when Lawyer Ousainou Darboe was asked about Kandeh’s wild allegations on Fatu Network. His answer that no one should make “irresponsible statements to gain cheap popularity” belongs to Yahya Jammeh’s political science.
As a former MP of one of Africa’s most corrupt and dictatorial regimes, Kandeh should have carefully honed his political skills. Any reckless or loose talk will only demean him politically.
Most of us who covered Lawyer Darboe during his heydays of politics concurred with him when he said “We spent our lives fighting that regime and their corruption. We made substantiated allegations against Jammeh and we challenged him to take us to court if he disputes them.” We remember how Darboe’s substantiated allegations had become a thorn in Jammeh’s flesh. Mama Kandeh too is capable of creating chaos for President Adama Barrow if he has the ability to substantiate his allegations. With a proven allegation Kandeh would have his head high above the sky.
Mama, our food for thought for you is, “give your words a test flight before releasing them.” Like a bomb, released gaffes put one on the defensive. What is the point of spending a whole day struggling to undo a gaffe that could have been avoided by exercising restraint?