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Let’s Focus The New Year on Correcting The Wrongs of Yesterday for a Better Tomorrow, Mr President

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Mr Adama Barrow- President of The Republic of The Gambia

Dear Mr President Adama Barrow,

I wish you and your family a blissful New Year and also wish you in advance a successful hosting of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) summit slated to for November 2019. This summit is a fantastic opportunity for the country in terms of infrastructures, tourism and exposure the country will get before, during and after the summit. For the sake of the country, we must all work together to make this a successful summit. Mr President you should do well to avoid it been politicised like that of the AU summit the country hosted in 2006. It’s an international event which we should host with great grandeur to the benefits of the entire nation.

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The Tolerant Gambia that some People Doubts its Tolerance

Since the end of 22 years of dictatorship in the Gambia in December 2016, so many political and social issues which were tabooed then had now been widely debated both on and offline, in and outside the Gambia. Although some of the debates are conducted in a very civilised manner some not so civilised. This includes the recent Land dispute between the people specifically the Manjago community of Taneneh village, Kombo South, and a businessman Mr Seedy Barrow. The dispute stemmed from a plot of land which both parties claimed ownership. This is not the first time for a land dispute to occur between people and or communities in the Gambia. However, what made this one a unique case is mainly two factors, one of which is because it involved a minority tribe called Manjagoes who are mainly Christians secondly the Manjagoes claimed to have been using the disputed land as a cemetery for years and on the other hand, Seedy is claiming to be the rightful owner with right documentation to prove his claim. Continue reading

Mr President: Is it Business as Usual or Business not unusual?

 

Dear Mr President Adama Barrow,

Congratulations on your one year as the 3rd president of the Republic of the Gambia. It was hard and confrontational, however, with a will, determination and togetherness we were able to defeat one of the cruelest regimes Africa ever had. Mr President, just as you highlighted in your recent interviews with the various media and press houses in the country, it will require a great deal of patience, dedication and hard work for the country to emerge from the 22 years of dictatorship and one-man rule. However, I think in order for us to emerge as the world’s envy and move forward as a country, we ought to look back and ask ourselves serious questions. Among those questions are why and how do we end up being ruled by one person for 22 years? And in the answers, you will find that Jammeh had his and the country’s priorities misplaced. Continue reading

Gambia at Crossroads With Once in a Life Time Opportunity to Vote Out Dictator Yahya Jammeh In December 1st Presidential Polls

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Opposition Coalition Standard Bearer Adama Barrow

For the last 22 years Gambia has never had a better time and opportunity to challenge Yahya Jammeh’s dictatorship and tyranny on the people of the Gambia than now. One can safely argue that Yahya Jammeh has never felt vulnerable in the past four presidential elections than he did at the moment. Not least the enthusiasm and genuine interest from all the opposition party members and their leaders to bring an end to 22 years of Jammeh’s hell on earth. As well as the disappointing campaign Jammeh is so far embarking on.

It’s evidence that Jammeh has no strategy to combat the efforts of the opposition as the coalition was the least he expected to happen. Now that the oppositions are united and everyone in the country can see and feel the ambiance behind the opposition coalition, Jammeh is forced to embark on the campaign trail, which he openly refused to do in the past two presidential elections. The tone of Yahya Jammeh’s campaign says to everyone who once heard him speak to Gambians that he is seriously worried about losing this election. Jammeh knows the oppositions had never created or campaign for violence, but the fact Jammeh is going on the campaign to ask his supporters not to be violent is also an indication that the man has lost it.

My fellow Gambians, this is once in a lifetime opportunity for us all to come together just as the oppositions did and end the sufferings of ourselves once and for all. We should not fall trap of Jammeh’s desperation to hold on to power by any means, as he has begun firing and hiring his auxiliary lieutenants such as Governors, Chiefs and Alkalolos. This is one of Jammeh’s strategies to appease and intimidate the local populace at the same time. We should all reject him and see the future of our country as the most important than the future of one selfish, divisive and shameless individual like Jammeh.

All these past elections, Jammeh’s message was, either you vote for me or not, I will still win until Allah decides otherwise, and that has played to his advantage to some degree. Another mean Jammeh use is religion to manipulate and play with people’s faith, not least why he declared the Gambia as an Islamic State. However, these are no longer the case as he has realised that Gambians can no more be fooled by such nonsenses. So people should understand that power resides with them and when casting your vote, it’s only you who can decide who becomes the next president of the country.

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Frail looking Dictator Yahya Jammeh

One thing we should all keep in mind is, Jammeh is the incumbent and in African politics we all know what that means, they have all the resources at their disposal to take advantage of. We should never be complacent and take the crowd as the final results. Each and everyone of us has a duty and a role to play to sensitise and inform the electorates to come out in their large numbers on election day and vote out Jammeh and his gang. Complacency is one of the easiest ways to lose an election, you only have to take the Briexit or Donald Trump’s election as a typical examples of such. To avoid that, we should be relentless in our efforts to continually support and vote for Adama Barrow come December 1st.

It’s a good time to believe, but it’s not a good time to relent!