non-governmental human rights and development organization, Beakanyang has
called on the people of Upper River Region (URR) to maintain peace in the
region at all time.
Executive Director Nfamara Jawneh made the appeal on Wednesday at the regional capital Basse, during the right group’s maiden edition of Peace Hour radio programme at the GRTS radio. The programme that will be airing three times a week, seeks to promote political tolerance and pluralism in the region. US-based International Republican Institute - IRI, sponsors the talk show.
Mr. Jawneh said it has come to the attention of his office that since the change of government in 2016, communal conflicts have surged in the region. “We have realized that conflicts related to politics, caste system, animal encroachment into farmlands have all increased in the region over the years. We cannot continue to live in such unfortunate situation as a region,” he said.
He said the radio programme would be hosting National Assembly Members from the region and members of Inter-party Youth Committee to dialogue with the people on the importance of maintaining social cohesion and harmony.
The rights activist reaffirmed his organization’s commitment in accompanying Gambian people through the country’s democratic transition.
He encouraged people to keep calling to contribute to the programme, either by asking relevant questions or making comments, saying that their inputs do matter a lot.
Beakanyang boss further reminded the audience that no individual or community in The Gambia is above the law and that the rule of law must be maintained and respected by all.
Alhagie H. Sowe, National Assembly member for Jimara applauded Beakanyang and IRI for such a laudable initiative.
He reaffirmed the commitment of National Assembly Members in the region in working closely with Beakanyang towards the full realization of the programme objectives. “As Gambians, we have no other place other than The Gambia so I urge people in the region to always serve as peace ambassadors,” he noted.
Another panelist Alieu Kebbeh, chairperson of Inter-party Youth Committee in URR commended Beakanyang for the programme and reassured their resolve in fully supporting the Peace Hour.
He urged youth to desist from participating in any activity or associating with any group that is violent in nature.
He added that with experience, reports have shown that women and youth are mostly the main victims of violence, appealing to them to stay peaceful.
During the show, several people who made telephone calls to contribute in the programme praised Beakanyang and IRI for the programme, describing it as timely and very relevant.