Are the fragile opposition parties helping the struggle for restoration of democracy in the Gambia?

By: – Abdoukarim Sanneh Greater Manchester UK

Gambians are starving for political change but the question is how can opposition parties dictate that dynamism with a state of fear that engulf our voter population in 22 September 2006 election leading to a low voter turn out. It is a protest from our people because of the break down of the coalition or the state of fear due to the intimidation of the corrupt regime in power? I hope all the opposition parties should embark on nationwide consultation to find out the causes of low voter turnout in other to address the issue as a deficit in the civil and voter education programmes.

Are the fragile opposition parties helping the struggle for restoration of democracy in the Gambia? By: – Abdoukarim Sanneh Greater Manchester UK Gambians are starving for political change but the question is how can opposition parties dictate that dynamism with a state of fear that engulf our voter population in 22 September 2006 election leading to a low voter turn out. It is a protest from our people because of the break down of the coalition or the state of fear due to the intimidation of the corrupt regime in power? I hope all the opposition parties should embark on nationwide consultation to find out the causes of low voter turnout in other to address the issue as a deficit in the civil and voter education programmes. Having read about the recent report of The Common Wealth Observer Mission on 22 September 2006 election, one wanders whether recommendations forwarded to The Government of The Gambia by the Common Wealth Secretary General such as the independence of the Electoral Commission, regulations governing the appointment, promotion and dismissal of members of IEC, invitation of observers for voter registration exercise etc will be look into for a level playing field.

As the dictator plan to rule our country for another 40 years such recommendations have already vanished in the Gambian cloud. The fragile opposition is not also neither helping the struggle for the restoration of democracy and to foresee a regime change will not come by the means of the ballot but either a popular uprising or the bullet but any which way, freedom shall come. Even with the fact that we are facing parliamentary election this coming January, the chances for united opposition is so remote and I cannot imagine what makes our political animals so tick on the matters. There is little difference between the opposition parties on substance, image and appearance that it will take ages to unseat the incumbent if they cannot fight for electoral reform.

Yaya Jammeh is the most manipulative politician ever to emerge in the history of our country. He has destroyed the fabric of our society since he came into power 12 years ago, collaborated with Sir Dawda Jawara and some elements of NCP, all in the name of unrealistic reconciliation while implicating efforts for democracy. Since the coming of Yaya Jammeh into power the political playing field has never been level and is the opposition parties ready to remain under the same fiasco election after election? Are the Gambian masses also ready to demonstrate their discontent through popular uprising? If the opposition parties want to enhance a democratic change in our country, they need to do their home work properly.

Been a supporter of UDP, I have seen a lot of intellectual deficiency syndrome in the party in its policy formulation which need a quick fix solution. For example, why the need for going into election which is already rig? Why did the party allow the drafting of NADD memorandum of understanding as it claims to be dominated by PDOIS ideals? Is the party suffering from intellectual deficiency or armyÂ’s of think tank? It is not free and fair elections that are elongating the corrupt and dictatorial rule of Yaya Jammeh. The opposition parties should know that it does not need academic research to know that the electoral process and election system in our country is fraudulent. The judiciary is not independent to redress the fraudulent system in an impartial judgement.

The political interference in our countryÂ’s judiciary system is even the concern of the International Bar Association few months in the run up the January Presidential election. The UDP/NRP coalition should have be ready to go jail by voicing out that the electoral process is not free and fair, and call for masses to protest their discontent rather than taking bogus and philistine legal process the judgement of which was turn out of court by inexperience mercenary chief Justice Abdoukarim Savage, currently damaging our judiciary. How many people are detained in mile two or missing because of their political belief and have not been brought to book to know the crimes they have committed, in the very eyes of the chief justice? It is about time our opposition parties recap their difference and collate strategies to build a momentum for peopleÂ’s power.

If they boycott the parliamentary election do not be surprise to see a rubber stamp parliament passing a bill declaring Gambia as a one party state because of sycophancy and unrealistic alliance to the butcher bird. Sometimes I wander with deep rooted antagonism among them; all in the naming of liberating Gambian people from Yaya JammehÂ’s dehumanisation will it be possible to re-group to complete their mission of liberating Gambian from the yoke oppression. Once again I repeat: the disunity within the opposition parties has further remote the course for the emancipation of our people. It is about time you learn your lessons from the concluded Presidential election which many voters stay at home because of your indecisiveness and indifference to their plight and their wishes, which epitomizes your wishful thinking, your ignorance, unpatriotic and love for our fatherland. To sum up none is ready to see the Gambia first and foremost but rather blinded by your own naked ambitions and desire for power.

To these Gambian political animals I say it is better late than never. What is required is to cut shackle of chains to liberate the Gambian masses from unending madness of Yaya JammehÂ’s dictatorial rule and restore our country to its democratic credentials. N: B: – Any private comments about the content of this article the Author can be reach by e-mail:- abdoukarim.sanneh@btinternet.com or abdoukarim_sanneh@yahoo.co.uk

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