what has been described as the first of its kind, the Police of Kanifing
Division under the command of Commissioner Malamin Ceesay on May 3, 2018,
convened a meeting of all political parties and candidate representatives at
the Divisional Headquarters at Kairaba to discuss on how to consolidate peace
during the Mayoral elections.
The meeting was attended by senior police officers of the region including commissioners of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) and Mobile Traffic and Campaign managers all the candidates of all the parties and independents except UDP who did not send a representative.
In his opening remarks, Police PRO Superintendent David Kujabi expressed gratitude to the participants for honouring the invitation stressing that their response is a manifestation of their desire for the maintenance of peace in the Kanifing Municipality. He further implored on them to maintain that spirit for the good and development of The Gambia.
In addressing the gathering, Police Commissioner Ceesay indicated that he and his team invited them to the meeting as stakeholders so as to address challenges, and map out ways to foster, consolidate and maintain peace and security before, during and after the elections.
“Since peace and security are fundamental human rights, it is an incumbent pre-requisite responsibility on all stakeholders and Gambians to ensure that the entire cycle of this election is accomplished peacefully without any form of violence”, CP Ceesay said.
Commissioner Ceesay urged for the avoidance of use of provocative words by both candidates, militants and supporters, desist from personal confrontations or verbal abuse, and violence. He added that the people should accept and remain comported once a winner has been announced. He concluded by informing all that the police will provide security and would be on constant patrol to ensure peace and tranquillity and implored that any threat, provocation or violation of the law should be reported immediately to the police.
Party and candidate representatives who spoke at the gathering commended the police for the initiative and pledged to do their best to ensure that their supporters maintain peace. They, however, expressed concern over the absence of UDP at the meeting. Commissioner Ceesay indicated they have been invited like all the others present and promised to call them to brief them on the issues discussed. Other speakers included the commissioners of PIU and Mobile traffic who both urged for cooperation during this period.