19 November 2012

Gambia: Shiekh Sedia Bayo Still Issuing Statements, What Next?


Many people have a tendency to sit down and watch for things to happen.

The time has come for the people not to sit on their laurels but to speak out for all those who aim to be their leaders to know their mind.

There are four types of Gambians on the ground.

There are those who are currently very vulnerable and who want change to take place by any means and they want it now! Now! Now! No matter what happens.

There are those who are dissatisfied with the existing order and do want change but would want that change to come peacefully.

There are those who want to do better under the current order and would want reforms to be undertaken that would make the order to have a longer leash of life.

There are those who are satisfied and sing praise to the existing order.

It is those who are most desperate for change who welcome an armed insurrection so that the remedy they seek could be addressed.

Foroyaa would like people to look for examples where Democratic society is built within weeks and months as a result of armed insurrection.

Shiekh Sedia Bayo is talking about a two year transition if his transitional government comes to office. It is also not said when the victory will take place. Hence we are being told that the people will take charge of their destiny within weeks and months.

In our view, the Government should begin a process of addressing the concerns of people whose loved ones are on death row or given long prison sentences because of cases of state security. General Amnesty should be given to people who went on exile so that they will feel safe to come in and out of the Gambia. Media houses should be allowed to operate freely and rights groups should be encouraged to be viable by creating a Human Rights Commission that would oversee the human rights situation.

Negotiation with the opposition should follow to ensure the requisite electoral reform.

This is the way forward to give hope to the Gambian people that their country will not disintegrate because of conflict.

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