I write with a deep sense of regret as to the attitude of the National Assembly in Banjul. For the record – The legislative branch is tasked with the sacred “Truth” of enacting laws on behalf of all Gambians, executive oversight by upholding the President and his Cabinet accountable for the decisions therein, among others. Simply put, that body, the Parliament, historically came into being, purposeful, sacred, with a remit to preserve democracy.
If, indeed, the occupants of that chamber are true representatives of “The Gambian People” as they have led us to believe; and as prescribed in each individual portfolio, then why the wait. To put it plain, how long is anyone of you prepared to sit there before condemning the tyrannical behaviour undertaken by Yahya Jammeh? His actions are unconstitutional, and therefore, illegal under the law. His behaviour is undemocratic, and damn right shameful. The tension in Banjul is palpable, as uncertainty exacerbates. The dictator’s 360 degrees U-turn is tantamount to treason, further embroiling the good-Gambia image into tabloid media-circus.
Members of the National Assembly – as international concern over the situation in Banjul escalate, the Opposition-Coalition sprung to a well-deserved victory in an election described as “free and fair” and “rig-proof” by Jammeh himself. The turn of events thereafter, by reneging on concession, and not following through with the “Transition Process” to the President-elect; has fallen foul of the constitution breaching all civilized norms of the democratic process along the way.
I had expected the “National Assembly” to come out in no uncertain terms and to condemn his behaviour. The Gambian people expect their representatives to lead such condemnation in forceful terms. No wonder then the “rubber-stamped” Parliament scores very low in public confidence ratings.
Elected (sic) members of Parliament – grow a fxxking moral backbone and disown Yahya Jammeh immediately. The APRC regime is, but a ship with holes sailing across the high seas. His like, is akin to a roaring lion with no teeth, resorting to scare tactics. Have no fear, and nor should you despair – those with sense are free at last.
The wind of change across the land is UNSTOPPABLE! And as Jammeh pack his bags to “Lonely-ville” in the dying days of APRC (mis)rule, Save yourselves – to be on the RIGHT-SIDE-OF-HISTORY. Many nights, I’d wondered, the marching of gallant soldiers across Independence drive towards a national cause at the birth of a “Republic”. On that faithful day in 1970, Banjul became the shining city on an island that captivates, romanticized in folksongs from Dakar, to Bamako, in Mali. On behalf of Gambians worldwide, Please disown Yahya Jammeh, and begin criminal proceedings on charges of high-crimes against the state – beginning TONIGHT!
Written By Gibril Saine, London.