completing a brilliant and outstanding lecture at the inter-party political
dialogue conducted by the National Youth Council, Gambia’s military
spokesperson Major Lamin K. Sanyang said Gambia’s national flag would remain
the political representation of the country’s armed forces.
Speaking to The Point’s Pa Modou Cham at his Banjul office, Major Sanyang explained that The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) is subservient to civil authority and not into any political engagement. “Some of our members were into politics during the last regime but now we are embarking on some kind of reforms and our first agenda includes changing the mindset of the Arm Forces which will focus on capacity building trainings.”
He said the Armed Forces have a constitutional role to play in preserving and defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country and to contribute in national development and maintenance of global and regional peace. “We know that we are subject to democratic rule and accountability that is why we are reminding the soldiers every day to stay away from politics because it is not our business to get into politics,” he said.
Major Sanyang said as Gambia will go to the pools this month for the local government elections coupled with his invitation to participate in the inter-party youth dialogue, it was important that young people conduct themselves properly and not to be used by others. “What they need to do is vote and go back home and wait for the results.”
Spokesperson Sanyang explained that they have learnt from the last political impasse that happened in Ivory Coast, saying the impasse was so serious that their armed forces got involved and once they got split into two interested parties, a civil war broke out and till now, they have not been able to reconcile their difference. “We have learnt a lot from them, in which we will not allow that to happen to us,” he said.