Women of Substance





The Gambia under litmus test

By Fatou Manneh (Beye)

Like other democracies it is another presidential election in December 2016 in The Gambia and the country is at crossroad. Presently there are lots of controversies and contradictions about who should lead the people of this great nation to the promised land. This is litmus test indeed and the people of the Gambia must be very decisive as the condition of the people are worsen day in and day out.
The whole speculation about 2016 elections is getting more and more interesting. There are consequences to be paid for every wrong step taken but there is a big impression that things will totally change this coming elections. In additions to the other opposition parties PDOIS, PPP, GMC ,NRP and GPDP, the new UDP party leader Adama Barrow is a good move for UDP party and the people which I believe will come in with fresh and new ideas beside being influential. Also the coming of two new presidential candidates Mama Kandeh and Dr Isatou Touray makes it all interesting. Dr Isatou Touray is a big inspiration to the women of The Gambia for her courage and determination and I therefore salute her.

With the current political situation, Jammeh is at his best intimidating people, even trying to control what should be said in our households. He even tries to stop the communication between the people back home and those in the diaspora by blocking the use of other means of communication like what's app viber, Skype and other apps but never mind Jammeh we have a solution  for that and you can't stop us. The UDP opposition leader and his executives and fellow party members are being unlawfully to sent to prison for a peaceful demonstration against the unlawful murder of Solo Sadeng. RIP. With the other opposition party leaders, some are just inexperienced in politics, some, former employees of dictator Jammeh, some already subdued by him and others paid to be his mouthpiece and a means of propaganda just misleading the people. Just imagine an opposition party leader telling people to vote for either him or Jammeh during election campaigns. Where is all this heading to? We can't let him win again we all most stand up to him in whatever means available.

We all know the past elections were never conducted fairly. People were brought in from Casamance to pose as Gambians with Gambian IDS and voters cards. They are being paid to vote for him. Another problem is the way the counting of the votes are carried out were we get cheated. We must all put our heads together to find a solution in stopping him from doing the above. Another biggest problem is most eligible youths don't register to vote of which we must encourage all the youths to do so. Those not voting are indirectly putting Jammeh in power.

What is happening to every aspect of life in our societies, communities and the nation as a whole. There is no improvement neither is there any developments for the basic aspects of the citizens. Other fundamental issues like education, youth empowerment, the rights and freedom of every citizen, the economic, social and spiritual aspect are all being tarnished, trampled and infringed upon by Jammeh. Most importantly I think we need to sensitise every citizen about their rights as a citizen of the Gambia. How will we move forward if we have such a tyrant president who will stop at nothing to stop his fellow country men to prosper by pushing us down the drain beside clipping our wings to stop us from flying.

For instance, the unemployment rate is at its highest and the domestic loan alone is estimated at 25.1 billion. Where are we heading to? The prices of goods at the market have skyrocketed, a cup of sugar is now D10, a bag of rice D1500/600 while a cup of rice is at D15. A mere permit to sell in the market within KMC is D500plus. The average Gambian family can no longer afford a three square meal per day, rather some eat twice while others just once or not at all yet there is little or no increase in the salaries of the civil servants. What an economic hardship, there is no employment for the youths, no laid down plans for the younger generation, no given opportunities for business ventures and investment since everything including businesses big or small, legal or illegal is under the control and ownd by our tyrant dictator. Jammeh thinks he is the only good son of our country. He don't want any other persons name to be heard except him. He is so greedy and selfish who wants everything for himself.

Yaya Jammeh is a mad dog seared with rabies he tries to corrupt and control everyone working for him we have enough of his 22 years of brutal ruling. He has no compassion nor is a friend to anyone. Always  using people and dumping them. If he ever wins again the state of every Gambian will be reduced to nothing. He will no longer hide his evil deeds, slaughtering people or making them disappear into thin air, jail anyone who he dislike. Gambia will be in such a plight state the repercussions and prices to pay will be so high we will never be able to put an end to it. Gambia will be like a living hell for us God forbid. For how long will we be quiet and watch him do as he pleases in our very own country. We can stop him now before its get that and this is the time to stand together regardless of our differences to achieve this common goal.

I therefore urge all the youths to register to vote and also those abroad if possible to go home to vote during elections. My other wish will be the introduction of postal votes to enable every Gambian to vote but alas our murderer, rapist, mad dog and a tyrant will never allow that since he will never have a single vote from the diaspora. Thus the people have to be very decisive but also having in mind that our common goal is the removal of Jammeh in power.

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