People of Senegal and Gambia are Betrayed by their 2 Leaders
Monday, February 27, 2012
After fighting his way through due democratic process, aging Abdoulaye Wade's call was responded to, and he was voted into office by the people of Senegal. One decade later, Wade turned the table upside down scattering all cards at dictates of a hostile, merciless wild wind force. Senegal was looking for redemption from a quagmire of economic entangling and social imbalance.
Wade on his part played the high hand of self seeking political demagogue, bent on transforming the entire nation his private estate. This he does by relying on the very instruments of constitution and law that permitted him to a position he so badly wanted.
The contradictions have now reached fever pitch and no longer sustainable. Senegal is no longer the virgin peaceful, democratic African nation anyone can boast about. In reward for everything that Senegalese rendered Abdoulaye Wade by catapulting him from a desparate political dreamer and making him realise those long dreams, he is now at war with the nation.
Blinded by passion for power, Abdoulaye wade is prepared to employ the most lethal brute force to tear the nation apart, killing some and leaving many to suffer life long pain. Let nobody make any mistake about it, Senegal is at war.
Wade has pulled the trigger and not likely that he will relinguish power in peace times. News about the invasion of Senegal by mercenaries can be alarming and very much horrifying.
Senegal is not new to demonstrations but it has always been peaceful with little or no damage to life and property. People take to the streets and burn up used tyres. In these times of Wade at war with the nation and people of Senegal, the use of weapon power is all that scary.
Senegal is seriously betrayed by a man who called for change ‘sopi’ and now when change knocks on his doors, he refuses to let change come. Above all, given his age, Abdoulaye wade is a spent resource. What he could not do in 11 years, it is not possible he can with diminishing potential and deteriorating capacity in right thinking.
There are lessons to learn and Senegal does not lack the required capable persons to ensure this Wade scheme of things never happens again.
Jammeh destroyed one order and replaced it with the worst
Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh came to power through a window of political opportunity that was violently abused. According to those know better, it was not Jammeh who planned and led the military coup. Something happened and he emerged a leader by default. That apart, Jammeh made many promises all of which he failed to some serious degree of regret. He promised he was not taking up politics, calling it dirty. He claimed his purpose was to fight and eradicate corruption. He blamed deposed president Jawara and his government for overstaying.
Jammeh has not just transformed himself into a politician after abandoning his rightful duty of army junior rank, but he mastered the art of deception and political demagogy to more alarming proportion. Jammeh is prepared to fight any person who gets near anything corrupt. He is the only person exempted from corruption probe.
It was 30 years of rule that Jammeh claimed as reason to liberate Gambia from overstay. In Jammeh’s own words, he will now stay in power for one billion years. Well, that says it all.
What Jammeh and Wade share between them and people of Gambia or Senegal don’t know
In his struggle to become president of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade saw opposition to any sitting government as worthy of praise. According to what former President Jawara revealed in his book ‘Kairaba’, Wade jubilated at top of his voice in praise of the military coup staged by Jammeh and his band of military adventurers. President Abdou Diouf at the time could not keep quiet about that attitude of Wade and told him off as an undemocratic politician.
Wade was happy to see change of government in Gambia and fully embraced the military for toppling Jawara’s democractically elected government. That information was sweet song to the twisted ears of army coup maker Jammeh at the time. It has since been a lasting friendship between Wade and Jammeh.
Nothing Jammeh will do to the people of Gambia that Wade finds good reason even to cough about. Wade promised he was going to settle the long territorial dispute between Cassamance and Dakar within 10 months after coming to power. It is now more than 10 years, the problem has grown more complex and dangerous. Does Wade care?
Again those who know better will tell you Jammeh and Wade share burning economic interests that supercedes the need to serve people of the two nations. Those who know better will tell you how during the campaign that saw Wade emerge president of Senegal when Jammeh reportedly provided up to 70 four wheel pick-ups to facilitate his new friend Wade. All that put together goes to explain why both Jammeh and Wade will never force hot soup down the throat of each other even if that means people and nations of Gambia and Senegal getting perished as we now witness.
Very recently, a well respected and seasoned Senegalese politician Moustapha Niasse came up with revelations Wade banking on the support of Jammeh and their cohorts in the sub region opened the slouce gates for invasion of mercenaries to raid Senegal with lethal consequences.
Coming from a politician of his salt, that is enough for people of Senegal and Gambia to recognise that it is about time that people of the two nations must come together as joint democratic political force to flush these self seeking leaders and to bring about genuine democracy.
Interestingly, while Abdoulaye Wade is exposed and rejected, his friend Yahya Jammeh is already a crown failure. With another leader in Senegal, Gambians can only hope Jammeh is tackled once and for all. Abdoulaye Wade and Yahya Jammeh have been playing it on people and the two nations for too long.
Author: Author: Sarjo Bayang, UK Reaction arising from this article can reach the author by email: email@example.com