Women optimistic about Barrow’s government

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Gambian women from all walks of life are very optimistic about President Barrow’s coalition government.

They spoke to this reporter during the presidential inauguration and celebration of the 52nd independence anniversary, held at the Independence Stadium in Bakau on Saturday.

Aji Kumba Darboe from Kanifing Layout said they would always thank God for such a day.  She said the inauguration was done in peace, and they hope and pray that the peace they are enjoying continues throughout the governance period of the coalition.

She said the women supported Barrow, and expressed hope that he would reciprocate by helping them by reaching out to them on issues affecting them.

Aisha Jarju said they are happy because the day is a day that might not come again, and it was worth attending and celebrating.

She is a market vendor, and believes there is a lot that President Barrow and his government could do to help them.

They go to the markets to sell so they could be able to take care of the needs of the family, as well as meet certain problems relating to families and nationhood.

Aji Kumba Daffeh, who was helping Gambians at the border during the impasse, said they are optimistic and excited as they look forward to a lot of development and business opportunities in The Gambia.

She was in the town to assess the situation, and see how they could diversify and look into other areas as well.

They are happy having the chance to witness the Independence anniversary celebration and inauguration of President Barrow.

Ramzia Diab said they are happy because they have suffered a lot under Yahya Jammeh’s regime, but that they are now back on their feet.

They are looking forward to seeing a democratic and developed Gambia.

The change was possible due to the fact that people came together and were united, and that Gambians have shown the former president that they wanted real democracy, freedom of speech and expression.

Author: Halimatou Ceesay
Source: Picture: Aji Kumba Darboe, Aisha Jarjue and Ramzia Diab