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CA urges gov’t to plan ECOMIG exit strategy

Sep 14, 2020, 11:28 AM | Article By: Arfang M.S. Camara

Citizens’ Alliance party (CA) insists that a continued and indefinite presence of foreign forces in our country entrenches a caricature of perception about our sovereignty as well as its impacts on the morale of our national security forces and urges government to find an exit strategy.

The party in a release over the weekend urged President Adama Barrow’s government to expedite the security sector reform process and work with stakeholders to implement the validated national documents such as the National Security Policy, the National Security Strategy and the Security Sector Reform Strategy.

To give substance to the security reform, CA invites The Gambia government to ratify all legal instruments relating to Human Rights in order to consolidate national efforts aimed at safeguarding security and the rights of The Gambian people.

“CA fully supports the ongoing process of finalising the draft constitution and further urges the government of The Gambia to expedite the submission of this document to the popular will of Gambians upon completion of its legislative review,” the release stated.

“To ensure peace and stability, CA encourages the government of The Gambia to develop an inclusive process with stakeholders such as the Inter-Party Committee (IPC), civil society and the press to support the implementation of the A.U instruments relating to elections, democracy and good governance, with a view to preparing the ground for holding credible, free and transparent elections in 2021.”

“Citizens’ Alliance is greatly concerned with the slow pace of the reforms cited by President Adama Barrow at the ECOWAS Niamey summit. CA believes that the President’s request for another extension of the ECOMIG’s term could have been avoided if Adama Barrow and his government meant business in undertaking genuine, substantive, and expedited reforms, including the Security Sector Reform. Almost four years into post Yahya Jammeh’s regime, Gambians should have been talking about ECOMIG’s exit strategy instead of an extension of its stay in our country. We encourage the Government of The Gambia to engage Gambian experts both within and outside the country if they need assistance.”

“Citizens’ Alliance once again thanks ECOWAS and E.U. for genuinely supporting The Gambia. The presence of ECOMIG troops in our country is paid for by the European Union through the African Peace Facility, with a mandate to ensure the stability of our country as it transitions from dictatorship to democracy.”

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