A Press Release from the Gambia's State House in Banjul, the capital, on October 7th, informs the general public that its withdrawal from the Commonwealth of nations is not reversible and not negotiable.The release described the Commonwealth as a neo-colonial institution at best and at worse an animal farm, an idea to which it said the Gambia will never subscribe to.In this vein, the release urges all African countries that are planning to send special envoys on this matter not to waste their tax payers' money. It further assured Gambia's allies that the country's decision to leave the Commonwealth is not against individual member states and this it said would not affect bilateral relations with them.
"We have reached a point of 'No Return' in our decision to leave the Commonwealth and this is not negotiable," the release added.The Jammeh government over the weekend came out with a long, but strongly worded statement condemning the US and Britain calling them neo-colonialist wanting to extend their domination and exploitation of Africans, arguing that Gambia's human right record is far better than the US and Britain.The Gambia government on October 4th issued a press release indicating that "it has left the Commonwealth of Nations with immediate effect, citing that it is a neo-colonial institution and that it will never be a party to any institution that represents an extension of Colonialism,"However, the BBC quoted the Home Affairs Minister of the UK as saying that their problem with the West African country is as a result of its poor human rights record. In another vein, the Secretary General of the PDOIS party, Mr. Halifa Sallah issued a statement on October 6th 2013 on the Gambia Government's withdrawal from the commonwealth, asserting among other things that the Gambia government has overstepped its bounds and should reverse it's decision to withdraw the country's membership from the commonwealth of nations.
The PDOIS also asserts that failure to retract after a national debate will compel them to put the issue of restoring Commonwealth on our electoral platform in the 2016 Presidential elections.The Commonwealth Heads of government summit will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 15 to 17 November 2013.
The international forum will bring leaders of 53 member countries of the Commonwealth to the country.