18 October 2012

Gambia: The Current Political Climate


The threat of an armed conflict started when some green boys claimed that they could mobilise ten thousand youths to defend the government.

The Gambian people were wondering who their adversary would be. Eyes were focused on Senegal. Eventually, Shiekh Sidia Bayo who claims to be a child of the Jawara political lineage also came to the scene with a one month ultimatum Previously, Kukoi was also threatening military intervention s also out there How many other Gambians are out there who are militarily trained and are currently without any means of survival and could easily be mobilized to exploit any political vacuum to position themselves closer to the helm of state. During Jammeh's administration the security forces and military have been the largest employer of Gambian youths.

The fact that weapons could be found hidden in gardens in Foni as previously reported by Foroyaa is a manifestation of how easily people could access to weapons in any fragile political situation where leadership is contested with the barrel of the gun. The "bokahamanisation" of the political situation of the Gambia is not remote if armed conflict becomes the order of the day in the Gambia

No one owns the Gambia. It belongs to all of us. Hence the debate should begin right away to determine the best way forward before it is too late. Senegal was on the verge of armed confrontation. However the people decided to give their support to an alternative and thus guaranteed a peaceful way to change the country.

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