99% of Gambians did not think change was attainable

Friday, August 10, 2018

Halifa Sallah, the National Assembly Member for Serrekunda Central said 99.9% Gambians never believed that change will be attainable in The Gambia through the ballot box.

“When people told me that I have wasted my time to bring about the coalition with other colleagues only to have this type of Gambia. However, my message today is that no time has been wasted for the fact that three months before December 2nd presidential election no one thought that the ballot box could effect change in The Gambia.”

Sallah who is also the secretary of the People’s Democratic for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) was speaking recently during the Democracy Dialogue Forum organised by the Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) Gambia Chapter in collaboration with the Network of Freelance Journalists (NFJ) The Gambia.

The dialogue was on the theme: ‘Re imagining Democracy - How Should Democracy Work for Gambia’ and brought together civil societies members, media practitioners among other stakeholders.

Commenting on the topic “Democracy, Politics and Freedom”, the Serrekunda central legislator expressed confidence that the new era is donning and because of that they are inspired.

“We do have leaders but we also have people and we must determine were ours lie. Does it lie in the hands of the leaders or does it lie in the hands of the people who control power and how is it exercised and in whose interest. This is the fundamental foundation of democracy or Monet or tyrant which is the defining line and the reason access in this forum,” he said.

Through the December 2nd election, he added, change happened through the ballot box and that change must be recorded as the most important change in the history of the country, adding that people should understand the significance of that change.

He said Gambia attain sovereignty as a nation and republic but Gambians never attained sovereignty as a people which is why they are having the problem they are facing today for the fact that it was the duty of our leaders for the past 40 years.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara
Source: Picture: Hon. Halifa Sallah