and women in uniform are seen as peaceful and friendly and should not act
otherwise. Therefore, as a security officer, they have an obligation to
maintain and ensure maximum professionalism especially when dealing with the
civil populace. It is becoming an issue where security officers resort to use
arms over matters that could have been solved amicably.
The recent news emanating from the Kanilai end is not only worrisome but rather unfortunate. This is small issue that could have been handled in a professional manner.
The news that former Lance Corporal Ismalia Tamba, a native of Kanilai in Foni Kansala, who was reportedly shot by personnel of The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) after a brief squabble at Kanilai is deeply worrisome.
A number of arrests were made in connection with the unfortunate incident as investigation into the matter continues.
But what is not clear is that what could have warranted these soldiers to shoot Tamba. Was it that these solders acted angrily to settle scores?
However, authorities should investigate the matter thoroughly so as to get to the bottom of the issue.
The shooting of the unarmed civilian in the country is totally ‘unacceptable’ and uncalled for and this kind of incident should cease immediately.
We have all seen what happened in Faraba Banta which led to the shooting to death of innocent lives by security forces.
A few years ago, one Haruna Jatta of Kanilai was shot dead by security forces (ECOMIG) in Kanilai. As security officers, we have to see the civil populace as our own brothers, sisters and neighbours.
As trained professionals, we should always try and translate what we have learnt during our trainings into actions.
We have this feeling that un-armed civilians pose no serious threat that would warrant the use of live bullet.
Meanwhile, as The Gambia is undergoing security reforms, we are of the view that officials would put all these into consideration to make the country an ideal place to live. Peace is indispensable in the development of any nation and The Gambia is no exception. The Gambia is a beacon of hope throughout the world when it comes to its citizens’ peaceful coexistence irrespective of one’s religious or ethnic affiliation.
Long live The Gambia!
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