Analysis:TRIBE AND POLITICS: WHAT DIVIDES THE NATION?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Over the past months, the country has been pretty much driven into tribal politics, with immense political provocations from various party militants. Tribal politics is still widely worshipped into everyday Gambian politics. Tribal interest is in some places a potentially stronger force than nationalism.

The Gambia, former British colony still remains a narrow strip of land along the banks of the River Gambia. A country completely surrounded by the French speaking state of Senegal.

Tribalism has become a leading political factor, throughout the country local or national politics is purely based on political deception, which is evermore becoming a mainspring into Gambian politics.

The country’s National Council for Civic Education have been regularly criticized, over the past year’s for failing to render a genuine efforts towards providing better civic educational programs to the 60% citizens who are still out of touch of their civic duties and responsibilities.

According to keen political observers tribalism predated during the build up to the 2016 presidential election. Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign period various party militants were accustomed uttering offensive languages during and after the election.

The country needed a higher institute for Citizenship Education studies, to train local volunteers from various sections of the community. To provides them with techniques about the emerging concepts of tribalism into people’s minds.

The lofty scheme would serve as a problem solver with a realistic approach to restrain people from tribalism, in the drive to help citizens reenact the spirit of nationalism.

The program will devise ways to help find an acceptable solution sufficient enough to end resolve tribal disputes across the country. The scheme if implemented successfully would bring forh ‘concession’s’ and creates channels of peaceful co-existence among disputant tribes.

Africa has not still learned a political lesson from the Rwandan genocide, between the Batutsi and the Bahutu. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than 100, 000 Batutsi refugees had fled to Uganda and Tanganyiga now Tanzania. Rwanda is among the countries in Africa that experienced grave internal disorders due to the cost of tribalism.

To stamp out tribalism as a means to an end; it has to be a duty for every citizenry to handle civic responsibilities as an effective measure to shoulder the slogan ‘ONE GAMBIA, ONE NATION, ONE PEOPLE’ to instruct it in every households, schools and higher institutions as a political weapon to unlock tribalism.

December 2016, is set aside  as a good month, in the political history of the country. The ‘KALAMAA’ belt movement has helped liberalized the country for safety and security through the ballot box.

The entire country was unified into one political commitment, irrespective of race, gender, tribe or any political affiliation with a strong sing along voice to effect change of leadership.

In the aftermath of December presidential election, factions and political divisions ripped through people’s minds. President Barrow faces uphill political struggle, ranging from the ethnic division theory, the stupid economy plus the youths who are always at the heart of political trend.

The consolidation of the youth network, has over the past years advocated frequently and periodically, by the questioning minds of civil right defenders, international agencies, politicians plus many concern citizens who by all means one way or the other been dimly aware to raised, and shoulder the burden of their growing challenges and constraints.

Thus let’s incorporate our observations into how and why the staggering numbers of them have been plaque by internal crisis, continually grabbling with them in their communities, societal effects and political troubles that seem not to have any boundaries in a  bid to reverse this negative trend.

We have up till now observed, one and half thousands of youths in Gambia are totally marginalized, that varied at great length, considering their demographic locations and public domains they’ve been affected. Little or no efforts have been put so far to mitigate this trend.

President Barrow need to take a recognizable and measurable shape for the country’s youth population, by providing window of opportunities to youths who have over the past decades witnessed all sorts of political vexation.

President Barrow should re-incorporate with keen political observers to devise new ways of ending these early challenges for the country’s safety. President Barrow has to put forth with a strong capacity to reorient ethnic groups with a peaceful political resolution, by helping them achieve a new and shared perception for the country.

THE GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT: DEAL OR NO DEAL?

I follow-up with keen interest the unfolding state of the democratic-political system in the country, which to an extreme extend is evermore becoming catastrophic. On one hand, people wanted to do-down their political views across the country’s democratic constructed filters.

Many party militants are no stranger to political controversies. Militants rebelled at one another, along the streets of Kombo Saint Mary about the disputed transition deal.

There’s a growing cult of phenomenon into Gambian politics ‘my ignorance, is as good as your knowledge’ one of my mate told me. Intellectuals are no longer seen as the source provider of political knowledge. They are always at the receiving end of political injustice.

The other side of the political divide is rapidly evolving into hatred and political misconceptions over the past two decades. This unending trend has contributed into the country’s problematic political situation. National politics is not seen as an end game, because many are not train into any political discipline.

Most Journalists too are now considered as the chief caused into this quite disturbing political division the country faces. Most newspaper comments and local news broadcast are more directed to partisan news reports, by backing various political parties. This tendency has jeopardized their careers and media institutions.

In recent memory, Gambian Journalism has been regularly criticized by much civil societies for lacking objectivity in covering news. This blames further undercut the gab of trust between the media and the public, accusations which still becomes irreducible for media experts to nail down the matter across many media landscapes.

It is clear to every moral thinkers that Journalism stands out as a noble profession, to help mankind in the transition of social life, from tradition to modernity, from village to city and from community to societies.

The media appeals to wider readers to charts issues and constraints affecting them every day. Great many people feel it is an undignified profession, worthy of no great intellectual effort.

There’s great deal to be said about its usefulness. The media positions itself to inform and to educate the public, as a dutifully bound by contributing its quotas to world peace and security.

I grew fascinated by Journalism good many year’s ago, convinced there to handle the political agenda.

Reporters conventional duties are basically rooted to report events that are off mortal needs. Every Journalists in the country wanted his/her report to be watched or hawked  by newsboys along the Streets of Kombo Saint Mary.

There’s a growing public anger over news presentation in many radio stations, plus the state national broadcaster. Great many concern citizens found their reports and news presentation quite hard to withstand.

The spread of advanced education and training, in the digital age becomes a moral philosophy, a soul search for readers to slap the media for its lack of objectivity.

Journalists and writer’s need to subscribe to the same old basics of Who, What, Where and When reporting. President Barrow on one hand, has fully open up a new epoch of press freedom. The country is at a democratic era, which requires a democratic vision.

HISTORIC PERSPECTIVE INTO COALITION 2016, GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT.

To rewind the tape; during the build up to the 2016 presidential election, the coalition sparks a nationwide movement; the revolution on one hand, gave rise to mobilization of youths representation into politics. A shared common vision served as a political weapon to removed Jammeh from power without any physical violence.

The carefully worded three year deal clearly stipulated for the flag bearer to rule the transition period within three year’s. The water down version of the deal was meant to consolidate democracy when the three year’s expires.

These values which the coalition was founded were all discarded by infuriated militants. They subscribed to the dictates of their political master to de certify the deal without any truer evidence.

Their substituted rationale to tear up the deal, was not welcome news from political elites. This begs a key question, why did the underwrite deal became a top campaign promise during the build up to the presidential election. With their free will to tear up the deal, the real issue of the deal still remains entirely unchecked.

Sheriff Saidykhan

Editor,Trumpet Newspaper.