Yusupha Jaiteh asks Gambians to drop Barrow 3-year mandate

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A young politician who contested in the last councillor election under The Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) ticket and later cross-carpeted to the United Democratic Party (UDP) in the Mayoral election have asked Gambians to drop the campaign that President Adama Barrow should step down after three years in office.

Yusupha Jaiteh told The Point that Gambians must not think about the President stepping down in three years because it does not suit the country’s economy. “When you look at the country’s economy, it becomes obvious that we should not think about this three years because we cannot have two elections within five years.”

Several groups and individuals have been recently calling on President Barrow to respect the three-year mandate agreement he had with coalition leaders and step down for a fresh election at the end of 3 years. A group of people who call themselves “Operation three years jotna” have been campaigning for the President to step down this December.

It has planned to protest in December to force President Barrow to fulfil his agreement with political party leaders.

Mr. Jaiteh appealed to Gambians to be patient and cooperate with President Barrow for the greater good of the country, emphasising that the government should facilitate young people to be involved in aspects of fiscal management and administration to improve issues that directly affect them.

He said the government should be action oriented and drive towards self-sufficiency and not relying on foreign aids and investors. “I encourage the government to prioritise agriculture because it is the most paramount sector of the country that can boost the economy and lead in development.”

He recommended for the government to explore the river Gambia and rice cultivation fields, adding that there are available land size in the country that can sustain Gambians in food production with even surplus for export.

He said many agriculture projects failed to materialize because the funds are only spent on seminars, workshops and training. “Many agriculture projects have come that never benefitted Gambians. 

Author: Moses Emmanuel Mendy