Jul 21, 2008, 8:23 AM
Marena, Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) candidate for Busumbala constituency,
has said he resigned from the former ruling APRC party, when the leader, Yahya
Jammeh, started his tribal rhetoric.
In an interview with this paper on Friday, Marena, who is campaigning for the 6th April National Assembly election, said he is development-oriented and has so far spent his life in development.
He said he has been in politics since Jawara’s regime.
“I am 100% APRC supporter, but I resigned from APRC when our leader went into tribalism and I joined GDC, which is fresh, favourable and our leader, Mama Kandeh, is a philanthropist; he has nothing but The Gambia and that is why he took D1 million to register his party to liberate The Gambia.”
Mr Marena, a business adviser to GIEPA, said he wants the people of Busumbala to vote for him because he stands for development.
“Even if development is in fire, I will go inside the fire grip development and take it to the doorstep of the people of Busumbala constituency,” he said, adding that he has the experience, knowledge and capacity to represent his people at the parliament.
“If he selected, I will make sure that I liaise with my people to know their problems, and I will be in the forefront of solving those problems.
“If I am elected, I will create employment and business opportunities for youths and women to empower them, and I will make sure that the sky is the limit. I am a business adviser to GIEPA, and as such I will promote business and agriculture to make sure that fruits and vegetables are not wasted.”