The Gambia becoming a rainbow nation

Friday, August 05, 2016

The jailing of the champion opposition leader in The Gambia seems to be a confirmation to those who doubt the undemocratic nature of the government.  But still we nurture many flag colors and slogans from one political party to another.  Form one opposition party to the other with new ones embracing each presidential election.  Many of them ambiguous and unceasing to coach clarity not of their own status but of their compatriots.

Politics is game and more a rivalry among opposing slogans but for Gambians it is about gaming for costs and benefits for those who lead. It is as in accounting: the balance sheet.

United Democratic Party, the most popular opposition party, is losing its strong holds not least because of its own dwelling missions. They want to hold power but for decades they have being inconsistent in all their annual slogans and missions for the masses. They dictate the rest of the opposition to follow them without clearing the way. Their brave leader will have to be the same until death or the demise of the party. This is the same situation in many African countries though.

PDOIS is recognized as an academic wagon instead of a political party with brilliant memoranda so sophisticated for their masses. Not surprisingly Halifa, the likely university lecturer, fails woefully in many of his lectures at public gatherings and at elections; he knows well. He writes well but has not many students to internalize his socialist doctrines.

Hamat Bah and his NRP are another case in our local politics.  Mr Bah is a politician unpredictable like any market indicator. If he is to rule Fulladu, every part of the cow will be beneficial yet he has not domesticated a lot himself. The symbol of the cow on his flag might have been too heavy. He might have to start with managing hotels well.

The GMC party leader Mai Ahmed Fatty is no doubt an orator. If he should become the next president, the Dubai slogan of the APRC will be easily attained. No assumptions that the GMC must first establish its moral stance. They have to be the preacher and the actor so they can cultivate followers.

An international lawyer and an opposition correspondent outside the boundaries of The Gambia will have to admit all criticisms. He is presumably the most accurate opposition ambassador outside The Gambia. His rhetoric fantastic but still has to boil down to his mass illiterates. His retrorockets against the APRC are unique, what is unusual of an opposition is his “solo” political goals and involvement with indigenes. Many still ask who he/she is.

GMC might be the only party with crafted likely admissible memorandum for The Gambia but the route to attain that is still ambiguous and mute. Mai might have to stay in The Gambia to transparently engage with the masses. He has arguably the best rhetoric among the rest.

The one million party of Mr. Kandeh might have already received the worth of its price. His masculine and feminine politics is gaining momentum not least from those who have ambivalent feelings on his agenda. As new as his party is, he is getting followers from even the strongest fanatics of APRC. 

Kandeh is assumed to be campaigning for the incumbent yet as an opposition party leader. That is interesting, isn’t it?  This is happening and it will not surprise me if he comes out second at the forthcoming election.  His ambition like all others is clear. He wants that throne and might get closer to it in his dreams.

Many other oppositions while trying to count some money together for the campaign, they found paradise in blaming him of legitimizing the incumbent. They want him to pay the million and sit down, relax and drink “attaya”. They anticipate for the West to effect democratic change ignoring the poor status of the smiling coast that does not welcome imperialists.

At least Mr Kandeh seems to take the bull by the horn.  He will never cease, he said. His followers, many who cross-carpeted, are seemingly happier. They might be more at the polls come December. The new minibus of GDC might take many people than it has seats for and that will not surprise any political commentator.  

After a lot of propaganda to form a formidable coalition, the fragility of the opposition was always noticed before reaching a table. Now counting more than a decade, the Gambian opposition aren’t one, they can’t communicate but want to lead the masses against the incumbent. One thing for certain is clear – most of those parties are fundraising companies good at criticizing each other and pulling each other’s legs while hanging on to the profit-making game. 

Author: Alagie Jinkang