The writing is on the wall

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A litany of unpleasant happenings have continued to take place under the watch of the current administration of the Barrow administration – eleven months down the line since the government was given entry into governance in January this year.

In the first place the coalition of parties which had planned to steer the affairs of the nation, at least for the next three years – going by their agreement have disintegrated so fast than it initially put itself together for a regime change almost a year ago.

The recent brouhaha regarding the protest by some youths calling on the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) to provide regular supply of electricity and water in the country, has pricked the heart and conscience of the Barrow government, making it clear that the Gambian people this time around would settle for nothing less than getting the expected  good and desired results for the nation – something that will convince the people  that the government and new dispensation  they fought tooth and nail  to usher into power will rise up to the challenge  and work hard  to meet at least  their basic needs and human rights, such as regular supply of electricity and water.

The people know that these are part of the utility services that constitute their basic human rights and are therefore not prepared to mortgage such rights anymore to any power that be.

The current government must not underrate the power of the people; they should know it is the people that make them and are also capable to unmake them.

Furthermore, it is also essential to note that there is nothing nobler than the people, more dignified, and more intelligent than the people. If this is not taken into consideration then the current government or administration – whether they are in the form of a coalition or are parties in disarray going on individual pathways, the people are intelligent enough, in this instance, to tar all of them with the same brush as a set of politicians incapable of providing the nation with the desired results – which include provision of electricity and water supply on a regular basis.

The present government is also in a war against itself. Whilst some architects of the present system have decided to step aside from the mainstay government and have chosen to tread on a seemingly safer political ground, others who chose to stay put and have not measured up to their tasks have seen themselves  given  the exit door into another room of operation.

Just few days ago our powerful Interior minister was relieved of his Cabinet position for what is believed to be connected with his ministry’s failure to provide biometric ID cards and ordinary passports, although no official reasons for his removal from that office are yet to be made known to this paper.

But one concern lingers, and that asks the question: Is it that, all these mishaps put together,could be said to be early warning signs of a failed system in the making? Time will tell.

“Beware the fury of a patient man.”

John Dryden