I am bewildered with the reasoning behind the Gambia government changing the name of one of the country’s most historical highway, SAYERR JOBE to Mayor Yankuba Colley Highway. With all due respect to Yankuba Colley, a man I knew very well indeed, but what has he done for the country and indeed for the municipality of KMC, apart from serving a dictatorial regime of Yahya Jammeh. As we speak, the KMC municipality does hardly collect any rubbish from people’s homes and yet people pay in full there council rates, the markets in KMC are in dare conditions, there is a constant electricity blackout and yet Gambia’s electricity tariffs are among the highest in the world.
The reason behind the name changed, according to Bala Gaba Jahumpa, Minister for Transport, Works and Infrastructure, because Yankuba Colley has been very consistent and loyal to the July 22nd Revolution, the president and the APRC party. Isatou Njie Saidy also added that because of Mayor Colley’s indefatigable stewardship to the APRC and the July 22 revolution they have decided to rename the highway.
Honestly? I would have been writing a different article had they said, because Yankuba has been very loyal to the Gambia and her people, that KMC collects rubbish from people’s home on a weekly basis or there is a constant flow of electricity in the municipality. Why can’t the government see beyond politics when deciding an important issue like this and consult with the people of the country especially the community that it affects. Changing the name of this highway with such historical significance without the will of the people is tantamount to authoritarian and blatant disregard to the people’s will.
Barely a week ago dictator Jammeh was extending his bogus amnesty to the so called people who offended him, but forgetting his nasty and distasteful attitude of I don’t care about anybody. Why do anybody need to listen to what Jammeh has to say when he is not serious about what he himself say? If he had meant his amnesty, he would have consulted the people of Serrekunda before unilaterally deciding to change the name of this historic highway from SAYERR JOBE to Yankuba Colley Highway.
God Save the Gambia!!!
Yahya Jammeh does remind me of an artist who always forget his lines in a play. He said he wants to forgive everybody because Allah said if you forgive people He Allah will forgive you which is true, but the trouble with Jammeh is he needs to seek Gambians to forgive him because he is the cause of all the problems in that country. Also, before you forgive those that are outside the country, why don’t you pardon those that are within the country and are locked up in those over crowded prisons infested with malaria and all sorts of diseases and from there people will take you seriously. Jammeh executed 9 prisoners, including mentally impaired prisoner in 2013 and up to date the families are yet to be given the corpses back for proper burials, Jammeh killed 14 students, including a Red Cross volunteer in April 10th-11, 2000 and yet no one is prosecuted for those hideous crimes but he complained that people insulted his mum.
What a heartless leader Jammeh is, please give people a break and seek Gambians to forgive you and set up a panel of reconciliation as Gambia marks a very important milestone in her life. Jammeh please be serious with Gambians if you want people to be serious with you and your government.
It’s vital for every Gambian to ask him or herself this question has Gambia been really independent in the last 20 years? In my mind and indeed in many other minds the answer is clear, because what does it mean to be independent? In no ambiguous terms independent means free from outside control; not subject to another’s authority or jurisdiction; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence, operation, etc. So take all these meanings and apply them in the context of the way and the manner in which the Gambia has been rule since 22nd July 1994 and analyse whether the Gambia has been really independent.
Gambia seized to be independent 2 decades ago because as independent has been defined, we are not free, we are dependent on Yahya Jammeh’s orders, we are subject to a constitution that fits only one man’s purpose, Gambian properties have been stolen, the people have been unlawfully jailed, maimed and killed, corruption and poverty are at their highest, and above all TRIBALISM is the order of the day in that country. The Gambia under the rule of Yahya Jammeh has seen the worst atrocities committed against her people than any other time in her history. Gambia is not at war but we have more refugees than ever because of constant humiliation and persecution they face, they can no more bear it they are force to flee.
10-11th April 2000 are one of the darkest days in the history of the Gambia, 14 innocent students including one Red Cross volunteer were murdered broad day light for wanting to exercise their constitutional right through protest march. The government of Yahya Jammeh saw that as a threat against his authority and ordered the killing of these people and what follows was grotesque to indemnify the perpetrators of the highest crime in the land.
To sum it up and answer the question whether we have been independent in the last 2 decades, the answer is NO, since independent means to be FREE and we are not FREE.
LONG LIVE THE GAMBIA AND LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE OF THE GAMBIA!!!