interim leader of the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction
(APRC), Fabakary Tombong Jatta, alias FTJ, who was one time the majority leader
at the National Assembly under Yahya Jammeh’s regime, has said there must be
some form of dictatorship to rule effectively.
Jatta made these comments in an exclusive interview on Tuesday with the host of Coffee – Peter Gomez’a daily morning show on West Coast Radio.
Mr. Jatta was asked if he takes any offence when people describe the former president, Yahya Jammeh as a dictator, he responded in the negative.
He went on to say that dictatorship is a useful means to have people comply with your demands and be effective.
“So for me, there must be a form of dictatorship and in fact most of the countries even the West, they were dictatorial “before they lay the foundation of their socio-economic development.”
“You cannot say if Yahya Jammeh is a dictator I feel bad, no.”
“You cannot dodge a responsibility, the ministers are delegated powers from the presidency, and they are accountable to the president and the National Assembly. Despite the fact that I appointed as the minister of education, you must deliver or I come back on you, that is your responsibility.”
Peter Gomez, the host of the programme put it to him that pulling the Gambia out of the Commonwealth without going through the parliament was an act of dictatorship.
FTJ vehemently came to the defence of his former boss, saying he did not need to consult the lawmakers or other arms of the government because he was the president.
“The president reserve the right to come to the foreign affairs, he has exclusive rights over the foreign affairs.”
He further defended Jammeh, noting the focus should have been on the reasons Jammeh chose to pull the country out of the Commonwealth; citing America who is not a member of the International Criminal Court [ICC] and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change as examples if one does not want to be a member of an organisation.
He reasoned that the Western world only call a leader dictator if he does not dance to their tune.
“As long as you want to protect the interest of your country and to ensure your sovereignty and independence, you are in conflict with the West, you are going to be a dictator and all plans will be on the way for you to go out.”