Musa Amul Nyassi: Party politics is a disease in Gambia

Monday, March 05, 2018

Gambia’s opposition Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) party’s Foni Kansala National Assembly Member and former President Yahya Jammeh’s one-time Lands minister said he has been calling on Gambians to try and maintain a steady focus to national development, noting the people are finding it difficult to differentiate politics and development work.

Addressing a graduation of 77 Positive Deviances Volunteers who were selected and trained by Health Promotion and Development Organisation (HePDO) towards the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) at Kampant village in Foni Kansala on Thursday, Musa Amul Nyassi, who was described to be one of the most level headed oppositions in the country said political inconsistency is hampering national development. “I admit that I am an opposition but yet, I never place myself out of the ruling government,” he said.

Mr. Nyassi appealed to Gambians to try and focus in engaging the government into national growth and development now and stop politicking until we come back to the pools in the next five years and decide again. “Even though I belong in an opposition party, I can criticise the ruling government but I will only do it constructively. If this government fails, it is not just only them failing, even myself fails because I am part of the government.”

He made passionate appeal to Gambians to do away with party politics for now, stressing that politics is over and it is time to think on how “we” can collectively work for the development of the country.

The plain speaking politician said The Gambia does not belong to a single political party, saying “Gambia belongs to Gambians and its development is the collective responsibility of every citizen.”

He also appealed to Gambians to be always mindful of politics and not to allow it to come between them and tear them apart, saying he will represent Gambia’s development agenda at any level.

Author: Amadou Jallow