Mar 23, 2021, 1:27 PM
Fulbe Africa International (FA) has organized a day’s consultation with various partner associations in The Gambia at a ceremony held at a local hotel.
Below is the release:
The Advocacy for Gambia Democracy and Civil Rights (Afgdacr) would like to mournfully announce the tragic death of our last piece of hope, trust and confidence in the current government and its leadership particularly the National Assembly which blatantly decided to compromise our collective national opinion and interest for their individual self-centred, and nepotistic objectives by failing to vote our noble draft constitution last Tuesday, 22nd September, 2020.
Majority of the citizens of the so called new Gambia had had very high hopes and trust that our National Assembly in the new democratic dispensation would undoubtedly uphold their every proposition in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the citizens. Unfortunately, despite Gambia’s majority wish for the draft constitution to be assented for a referendum, our honourable National Assembly Members decided to treacherously dishonour our deeply craved national achievement. More unfortunately, the only motives we heard them give for their decision have no significant bearing to the public interest and the common national good.
However, with a little reflection on Gambia’s political history, this behaviour of our NAMs will no longer be a surprise, for we would clearly see how our NAMs, and even our presidents of this and the preceding governments have always taken us for granted, held us to ransom, and selfishly compromised our national interest.
In May 2001, it was the National Assembly that Dictator Jammeh used to enshrine the Indemnity Bill in our constitution in order to insulate any security officer who shoots or kills any protesters. The President signed the bill, despite a general outcry and petitions from human rights organizations. Again, it was the National Assembly that Yaya Jammeh used to attempt to crush our national efforts to restore our deserved democracy when he declared a state-of-emergency in December, 2016 after rejecting the election results. And now, it is again the National Assembly that Barrow decided to use to insultingly throw our precious draft constitution into the trash bin.
In The Gambia, since the inception of the Barrow government, what we can clearly see so far now is the following scenario:
Fellow Gambians, why do we deserve such penalty? Is this the type of government we intended, and now that it has turned so, what do we do, resign to fate and hopeless complacency?
For Afgdacr, and the rest of Gambian civil society, the answer is definitely NO. We shall seek to collaborate with all civil society organizations and NGOs to proactively engage NAMs and government leaders and seek to better understand their genuine motives, and to share with them our collective way forward that we have resorted to as a neutral and united common front poised for the common national good.
Therefore, we wish to announce a co-ordination meeting of CSOs by early next week after which we shall host a press conference at the end of the same week to share our project with the Gambian populace before we set ourselves afoot.
The police’s Operation Zero Crime made several arrests in the days two and three operations within the Banjul, Kanifing, West Coast Regions.
United Purpose (UP) formerly Concern Universal in collaboration with King Bakers recently launched the orange flesh sweet potato bread and cake as well as the bio-fortified pearl millet bread for the first time in The Gambia.
The Minister of Petroleum and Energy has disclosed that over 65% of The Gambia’s population still lacks access to electricity and where electricity is available, the supply is still erratic with very high tariff.