December 1st is scheduled to be the 5th presidential elections in the Second Republic of the Gambia, since Yahya Jammeh seized power through a military coup in 1994. Unlike many other past elections, in this year’s election the leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Lawyer Ousainou Darboe will not feature as he has been unlawfully jailed for 3 years in prison.
However, an interesting scenario has just developed with the advent of Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) led by Hon Mama Kandeh. Since its public launch, the GDC has attracted a large number of followers, albeit some scepticism about the party and its leadership. However, I believe we need to give the benefit of a doubt and see how GDC will fare in the over saturated political arena in the country.
The reasons for the continual harassment of the UDP by Jammeh and his supporters are because of the party’s appeal and popularity among ordinary voters in The Gambia. And that’s the exact reason the advent of GDC is interesting. The large crowds the GDC commands is a food for thought for Jammeh and due to Jammeh allergy to other people or party’s popularity, the GDC will become the new focus for Jammeh and APRC hence the recent arrest of Tina Fall of one of the prominent members of GDC. Continue reading