onetime minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, Margret Keita, has been
slammed by former National Assembly Member, Seedy Njie, for being critical of
Ms. Keita criticised the democratic dispensation of Barrow administration in her recent interview with West Coast Radio. But Mr. Njie, who granted an interview with the same radio after her reminded her of the freedom Gambians are now enjoying.
He said that the ex-Finance minister should recognise the rapid democratic progress and the environment Barrow’s government has so far created.
“Margret Keita was appointed Finance minister by Jammeh and fired longtime ago, and since her dismissal, no one heard ever heard her criticise the Jammeh regime and only to use the democratic dispensation created by President Barrow,” Njie said. “No one will doubt that now democracy, freedom of expression, and rule of law exist under Barrow.
“It is worth noting that Gambians can freely exercise their rights to criticise the government and as well as public officials including the president thanks to President Barrow’s tolerance and democratic nature.
Seedy said the new dispensation guarantees people’s liberties; fundamental human rights as needed in any democratic dispensation, which he said “could not have been possible without the total and will of President Adama Barrow.”
The former APRC spokesperson, Njie said; “Margret should acknowledge that only under a democratic dispensation she and others could use to criticise the government.”
He urged Keita to form a political party or join a party of her choice if she so desires to enjoy the “political pluralism and democracy.”
Njie pleaded with Gambians to desist from politics of hate, insults and tribalism and adapt peace and tolerance, noting that in the absence of sustainable peace nothing can be realised.
He called for respect for the minority, individual and group opinions and more so national reconciliation and cohesion.