Democratic Party (GDC) said they have profound believe that now is not the time
for Gambia to issue gun importation licenses, saying importation of food
packaging and processing should be the focus for food security.
In a press statement sent to The Point, the party stated that Gambian people need affordable food items and commodities for survival and not guns, adding that now is not the time to make it easy for anybody to be able to secure a firearm but to make it easy for the teaming number of unemployed youths to find decent jobs that would enable them contribute effectively to the socio-economic development of the country.
They also reminded Gambians that at a time when the national security is still very porous with the so-called national security reforms being implemented at a snail’s pace, the government of the Gambia made an ill-advised decision to grant a gun importation license to GACH Security Company. “While the GDC is cognisant of the fact that the government is empowered by the Arms and Ammunition Act CAP 21.01 of 1924 to grant licenses for the importation of hunting guns, the timing of the license issued to GACH security Company leaves much to be desired.”
The party further said it is no secret that the continuous presence of peace keeping soldiers in our country is a clear testimony to the fact that the state of our national security is still far from what the majority of Gambians would desire. “It is the contention of the GDC that in these trying and uncertain times in our country, The Gambia government should have exercise more caution in dealing with the application by the GACH Security Company for guns importation license.”
The party expressed appreciation to Gambian security officers for intercepting the container carrying the guns at our sea port, we would also want to make it known that had the Gambia government acted more responsibly, this situation with its attendant controversy would not have arisen in the first place.