Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajang said on Tuesday that peace building and peaceful
coexistence would remain one of the top priorities of The Gambia government,
adding that is in line with the 2018-2021 National Development Plan (NDP) and
the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16.
Speaking at the inter-political party committee dialogue held at a hotel Kololi, the Vice President said The Gambia government’s principal ownership of peace building and conflict transformation is built on the conviction that no individual can claim to have the solution to the myriads of challenges.
“Therefore, the peace and prosperity that we envisaged in The Gambia is something that all of us should commit to build and uphold as stakeholders.”
VP assured that The Gambia government will support the inter-party committee (IPC) to engage the leadership of political parties to commit to the IPC-MOU and appealed to the IPC to enforce the IPC-MOU so as to ensure sanctions is effected on any party or candidate that violate the provision of the MOU signed.
The IPC training, she went on, is timely as it contributes to the rebuilding process of The Gambia and creates a platform for sharing of divergent views while at the same time maintaining a common national interest of peace and unity.
“I had the opportunity to go through your detailed training curriculum and I am certain that the training will avail you all the opportunity to serve as champions of peace within your parties and local communities.” she stated.
She expressed optimism that the training will devise strategies and recommendations on how to mitigate political tensions and accelerate the discussion on political tolerance amongst parties and communities in the Gambia.
“As we all work toward consolidating the democratic gains of our beloved country The Gambia, let us graduate from politics of personalities and focus on politics issues.