Jammeh Overstaying is Total Abuse of Power
Monday, June 11, 2012
Most absurd is this lame excuse that more work needed doing and new projects have to be completed. Truth is that nobody chose Yahya Jammeh to lead The Gambia in the first place. He raided The Gambia’s democratic space with force of gun power. To be seen gentle and genuine, Jammeh has to give Gambians a break from forceful rule. No sane person is prepared to tell the world that this person, Yahya Jammeh, is most suitable to rule The Gambia infinity. As you read these lines, there are at least 100, 000 (One Hundred Thousand) capable and willing Gambians ready to take up the serious task to recover from the wreckage of almost 20 years since Jammeh took the nation hostage.
Every Gambian has something to lose
Position of Gambian president attracts huge volume of risk in relation to decision making. If the president’s orientation is military, national resources will be dispensed on arms and military outfit. For someone like Yahya Jammeh, we have seen so much of that.
To keep a person in control of public resources, the most sensible condition has to be that the person in question obeys rules and regulations. Temptation and greed can lead to mismanagement. As matters stand, Yahya Jammeh misconducts in ways unsafe for everyone. He treats public resources as personal and quite often, his decisions are not taken in best public interest. That means, everyone has big losses to incur where things go wrong. From what we can all see, things are going seriously wrong in the way that Mr Jammeh mishandles what belongs to the whole nation, taking everything as personal. Every Gambian has something to lose.Gambians abroad are paying more Remittances by Gambians living abroad accounts for large share of the economic support families and even government enjoy. Should every Gambian decide today to suspend remittances unless this unlawful overstay and mismanagement by Yahya Jammeh ends, that will bring the whole nation to near breaking point. Again, Jammeh has more than enough money he desired at time of seizing power with guns. Why must desire for personal wealth leads a person to put the whole nation at risk?
Knowing that caring Gambians will not watch family members suffer alone, the government of The Gambia is enjoying undue benefits through global remittances from abroad. With inflation biting deeper in everyone’s pocket, proportion of remittances from abroad correspond to how sharp the claws of inflation grip. Rising price levels impacts on how much extra cash needed sending just to pay for the same volume of goods and services at varying price levels. In that respect, Gambians abroad are paying more.
Jammeh’s overstay is an abuse to competent Gambians
Already mentioned above, is this undeniable fact that The Gambia has no shortage of very capable persons prepared to rescue and help recover the nation from almost 20 years wreckage? Think about a field of specialised skills and be sure a Gambian is somewhere on advanced track of the highway. Type of remarks you get from high -skilled enterprising Gambians working abroad is that none will want to risk returning under the hostile atmosphere created by Yahya Jammeh.Lots of skilled Gambians are very much afraid to leave behind important special engagements to jump into a ship, lacking reliable captain and no compass of navigating wild sea waters. Put all that into proper perspective and get to see the bigger picture of how Mr Jammeh’s forceful overstay is costing the nation. Brain drain , of course , is not the sole creation of Yahya Jammeh in regards to The Gambia’s skilled pool. What Jammeh does is endangering every Gambian that will not want playing the slave -master relation. Examples are plenty on how many competent Gambians thought of contributing by going to serve a nation they hold so dear. What ends up happening is history for many who will prefer keeping mute till doomsday.
Sycophants have no good intention
Much has been said and written about how sycophancy thrives in The Gambia under Jammeh’s misrule. Long before military invasion by Jammeh and his cohorts, sycophancy was already a facet of Gambian society. Jammeh simply fertilised the atmosphere for breeding more sycophants of very dangerous nature. Many are people, who under normal circumstances have no competitive advantage by way of life skills or professional bearing.
Wild ambition to get rich quick, build houses, own cars, and to enjoy unlimited social status gets easily achieved by sycophants. That is exactly how they feed on the rotten system as informants, thugs, secret policing and scores more. For such people, getting their bread buttered daily is enough justification to let an overstaying president carry on. Their bigger worry is that once the regime changes, they will no longer enjoy the fringe benefits flowing about by permits of a decadent system.
Some highly- skilled persons too enter and operate in the ring of sycophants. They enjoy greater advantage until the sharp claws of erratic decision lands them in trouble. These are such compromised persons with claims of certain skills who want to impress on others that all is fine serving your nation. It never ends up good for any of them at all.
Presidential term limit is a condition
Jammeh has no reason to refuse the greater aspiration all genuine citizens in for term limit in the presidency. Bulk of Gambians are tired of this forceful overstay and want to breathe fresh air of free political atmosphere. Overstaying breeds more hatred for the self -imposed person. Staying any longer will only fuel up discontent. The world is moving. The Gambia has to move too.
Limit to the presidential role is a condition and Jammeh has no choice over that, but leave in peace and not to leave The Gambia in pieces.
Peaceful exit from forced rule is still feasible
Not to bring greater danger of tearing the nation apart the current regime of Yahya Jammeh has prospects for peaceful exit from forced rule. Matters getting worse day by day will render the situation more dangerous. Not everyone will want to continue bearing the pain inflicted by forced rule for almost 20 years now. Last thing anyone would like to see in The Gambia is trouble as it happened in other countries. Situation is reaching boiling point but can be prevented when Jammeh and his cohorts permit good sense to prevail.One thing is certain, even for those who by folly consider it great moment of joyful life, they will stay to regret any forceful departure from forced rule. Peaceful exit from forced rule is still feasible. Yahya Jammeh, having to overstay, is total abuse of power.
Author: Sarjo Bayang