Monday, March 05, 2018

Mr. President, during your recent interview with TRT World, a Turkish News Agency based in Turkey, you said; “even the five years term may not be enough for your government o bring all the needed reforms”. This statement is seen as contradicting to the interview you had on TFM after your swearing-in in Senegal after you won the presidential elections in December 2016 in which you made it clear that you will serve only 3 years in the presidency.

Mr. President, it is time that you and the other coalition members work it out; clear the air to the nation on the issue of serving 3 years or 5 years. You should call for a press conference and address this issue once and for all.

Although according to the constitution of The Gambia, which is the supreme law of the country, presidential term is for 5 years and going for 3 years now will have some negative impacts especially at this stage that the country is limping with its economic. The security of country also needs to be considered.

Taking for example, President Macky Sall of Senegal in 2012 made a promise to reduce his mandate from 7 to 5 years, he did not succeed because the Senegalese constitutional court dismissed his proposal, and it was only through a referendum that it was said that after he finishes his first term of seven year-term which will end in 2019, then the five years could apply.

Mr. President, the commission that should look into the constitutional reforms should be constituted as many laws in the constitution need reform. It should be known that after the proposed commission has finalised the draft constitution, there should be a referendum for the citizenry to approve the new constitution.

Mr. President, as we are expecting the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) to commence in April this year since an Executive Secretary Dr. Baba Galleh Jallow has been appointed and reports have it that already 1000 victims have been registered on either claiming killing, torture, or disappearance of their loved ones, parents, relatives, we are appealing to the commission to be fast with its procedures so as to get the final report and recommendations on time.

Mr. President, The Gambia Ports Authority needs to be expanded to allow vessels to dispose containers on time. Potentials bidders like Dubai Port; the Chinese, French company bolare to name a few should be invited to modernise the post. Some of the main wharfs in the country should also be developed to expand easy disposal of containers coming from abroad rather than the long waiting queue of containers at the port.

Finally, Mr. President, it will be helpful for the police to communicate well and not to block the traffic for a long time when your convoy is passing. These long queues and blocking of traffic can hamper business transactions and delay for people going on their usual business.

Good Day Mr. President!