GOOD MORNING MR. PRESIDENT: The security of the country

Monday, August 19, 2019

Mr. President, we want to remind your government of the need to tighten the security of the country.

There is need for the religious leaders, politicians, civil societies and Gambians in the diaspora to continuously maintain and preach peace to the youths of the country. Gambian youths should be taught to be solving problems through dialogue and not violence.

The Gambia belongs to all of us and it’s everyone’s responsibility to safeguard the peace we are known for in the whole world.

Mr. President, recently your government has been confronted with leaked documents about financial transactions and state house bills posted in the social media.

The alleged lavishing of state funds in these documents is discrediting your government and whenever saboteurs in the system get these sensitive documents, they happily expose them in the social media, causing unnecessary debates and comments.

Mr. President, we are not saying that you keep all state affairs secretive from the citizenry but it is also important that there is little secrecy in your government and that any information worth sharing is done through the right persons and channels.

Mechanism should be put in place to avoid these kinds of revelations at the wrong time through the wrong channel.

Mr. President, as the debate about building a police station in your home town continues, we see nothing wrong with a parastatal financing the building of a police station at Makamang Kunda, your native village.

This is part of maintaining peace and security in the country and since you are the head of state and from time to time you may be going there, it is obvious that there should be good security in that area.

Besides, looking at the recent wake of the caste crisis of the country, any form of security reinforcement will be necessary in that region.

But people also have right to express their views on this issue since they elected you. You are bound to be criticized.

Mr. President on another serious note, the release of the four ‘junglers’ Pa Ousman Sanneh, Malick Jatta, Omar A. Jallow and Amadou Badjie on 2nd August this year, has raised mixed concerns from the citizenry.

The Ministry of Justice should have awaited for the recommendations of TRRC before releasing them. We understand the concern of the Justice minister in terms of violating their rights as they had been detained for two and a half years without being taken to any court for trial, yet the release came earlier than expected.

Finally Mr. President, farmers are worried about the lack of rains and feared that drought could be the order of the day. This can affect the economy and food sustainability of the country.

It’s important that people in The Gambia pray for a peaceful rainy season in the mosques and churches, whilst the authorities concerned too work out a contingency plan should the situation continue like this which we are not praying for.

Good day Mr. President