Roadmap for successThe Roadmap for success for the duly Elected Coalition Party of the Republic of The Gambia

Friday, December 09, 2016

The time for the Coalition is too short, Please do not try to bite more than you can chew.

Please remember that that you have just signed a contract with the Gambian people to rule them for three years and give them back their country in three years. At the end of three years, you must have to come back to them to ask for another mandate. At that time (at the end of three years), you have two options;

either:

1.         You come back to them as a coalition (if you think you did a good job during the  3 year mandate)

or

2.         Dissolve the coalition and go back to your various parties (because the country shall be available to all qualified Gambians in three years who wants to lead it)

This is a very simple contract that you have just signed with the Gambian people. Do not make it complicated for yourselves by letting power get into your heads. If you make the same mistake as the previous regime, it might be your Waterloo!

The Road Map for success

1.         President-elect, Adama Barrow needs to Immediately Form a Coalition Government without any delay as soon as he is officially sworn- in.

2.         Squash the convictions of all political prisoners in The Gambia and release them immediately

3.         Provide adequate security for the Coalition Government and people of the Gambia and all foreign residents of the Gambia.

4.         Dedicate the entire Government towards National Institutions Building and Strengthening.

5.         Empanel a Constitution Revision Commission.

6.         Empanel a robust Truth and Reconciliation Commission to know the truth first; and meticulously act upon the findings and recommendations of such noble commission before any talk about reconciliation.

7.         President-elect, Adama Barrow and Coalition Government Council of ministers, need to immediately Empanel a Council of Gambian Economists and experienced technocrats within fifty days (50 days) and task them to produce a short-term economic stimulus package that will provide jobs to the population in the short-term. (Please remember the Egyptian revolution; our people need jobs or else their patience may run out soon for the projected 3-year term of the coalition)

Institutions, Institutions, Institutions!

National Institutions Building and Strengthening

(Please note, Except for The Gambia National Army, powers and the administrative powers of this institutions need to be imbed in the revised new constitution not under the supervisory powers of any future president in The Gambia, and they all shall be headed by the title: President of……..)

That: 

Gambians (men and women) who have been honored to serve at these noble positions of our land have a certain fixed term tenure of not less than 12 years but not more than 12 years entirely, and renewable at the end of each four years.

That:

(a)        Gambians (men and women) who shall be  honored to serve at these noble positions of our land can be nominated only by the president but their appointments can be confirmed only by The Gambia National Assembly with not less than 60% of votes in The Gambia National Assembly after a debate about their appointments,

and that:

(b)        and that their removal or firing from these noble positions of our land can be recommended only by the president but their removal or firing can be confirmed only by not less than 60% of votes in The Gambia National Assembly.

 

Institutions to be revamped entirely, or built from scratch and or be adequately strengthened by the Coalition Government are:

1.         The Gambia National Army

2.         The Gambia National Supreme Court (to be headed by the title: President of……..)( we don’t need foreigner law experts  or other experts at home any more, that is why I should use the word “national” in all these recommendations)

3.         The Gambia National Appeals Court (to be headed by the title: President of……..)

4.         The Gambia National Constitution Court (to be headed by the title: President of……..)

5.         The Gambia National Human Rights Court (to be headed by the title: President of……..)

6.         The Gambia National Specialized High Court for Economic Crimes against the State of The Gambia (to be headed by the title: President of……..)

7.         The Gambia National Elections Commission (to be headed by the title: President of……..)

8.         The Gambia Government Ethics Commission (to be headed by the title: President of……..)

9.         The Gambia Government Civil Service Commission (to be headed by the title: President of……..)

10.        The Gambia National Trades and Professions Council (to be headed by the title: President of……..)

11.        The Gambia National Financial Services Council (to be headed by the title: President of……..)

12.        The Gambia National Education Accreditations Council (to be headed by the title: President of……..)

13.        The Gambia National Technological & Communications Council (to be headed by the title: President of……..)

14.        The Gambia National Labour & Employment Council (to be headed by the title: President of……..)

15.        The Gambia National Women and Children’s Council (to be headed by the title: President of……..)

16.        The Gambia National Audits Council (to be headed by the title: President of……..)

17.        The Gambia National Citizens Complaints and Complaints Redressing Council (to be headed by the title: President of……..)

All these Institutions (Except for The Gambia National Army) must be mandated with their powers etched and imbedded in our revised constriction with guaranteed budgets promulgated by the constitution so that no future presidential feat or interference can imped their abilities to operate independently under the laws of The Gambia. Always try to be guided by these words in our National Anthem. Please make sure they mean something this time.

For The Gambia, our homeland

We strive and work and pray,

That all may live in unity,

Freedom and peace each day.

Let justice guide our actions

Towards the common good,

And join our diverse peoples

To prove man’s brotherhood.

We pledge our firm allegiance,

Our promise we renew;

Keep us, great God of nations,

To The Gambia ever true.

Author:  Manding Darboe

New York

Author: Manding Darboe New York