Issued: Tuesday 27 March 2018
Party leader of Gambia Moral Congress (GMC) has given the National Youth Council (GMC) a nudge at the back, praising them for organising the first inter-party youth dialogue in the country to chart the way forward for peace and tranquility among party militants in all political parties.
Mai Ahmed Fatty said The Gambia is recovering from a two-decade rule under fear that left the people divided on so many critical issues.
The inter-party youth dialogue idea is expected to reconcile Gambians and give opportunity for people to take stock of the current state of affairs and make recommendations that would enable the country to build a consensus on the way forward.
The dialogue targeted to sensitise political parties to maintain peace before, during and after elections in which all parties will join hands in the discourse to ensure violence free space along the path. The forum was held at Kairaba beach hotel under the theme: Sustaining Democracy: Preserving Peace for National Development.
Mr. Fatty, who was the first interior minister in Gambia’s new coalition government, said the country remains polarised as Gambians are still politically divided, making reference to the 2016 Presidential elections. “It is necessary to have a national unity dialogue. It would be very useful for Gambians to put the past behind and appreciate the significance of the change that came,” Fatty emphasised.
As the New Gambia is taking shape, the GMC leader further stated that it requires a new type of citizens, saying part of the responsibility of the new government is to strengthen institutions, both government and non-governmental.
Fatty reiterated the importance of such an initiative and took the opportunity to urge government to always take the path of dialogue to settle matters.