THE THIRD REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA: PRESIDENT’S TRANSITION GUIDANCE NOTES

Sunday, January 29, 2017

These summarized Transition Guidance Notes are intended to help the President focus on the salient areas of his work as the President of the Third Republic of The Gambia.  The suggested notes provide Short, Medium and Long Term work that is needed for the successful conduct of the Transition.

The piece is put up by two Gambian scholars  they are Nyada Baldeh formerly of the ministry of Agriculture, environment and the UN system in Banjul and Hassan  Jallow of Basse.

1.         REVIEW OF THE 1997 CONSTITUTION

Ø  Establish a Constitution Review Commission

Ø  Hold Referendum on Draft Constitution and Finalize Recommendations

Ø  Implement Recommendations

Ø  National Assembly members to adopt resolutions that will nullify clauses in the constitution that were purposely adopted to suppress the will of the Gambian people and perpetuate Jammeh’s regime.

2.         PEACE AND SECURITY

Ø  Reform the Military and the Police based on New Constitution ( National Security Advisor will be  very useful)

Ø  Urgently set in motion a process that will identify and neutralize Jammeh’s loyalist in the army

Ø  Restore Peace and Security (Develop and implement a Program)

Ø  Set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and implement Recommendations

Ø  Establish Relationship with Regional and International Security Systems

3.         SPECIAL REVIEW OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

Ø  Set up a Special Commission to Review Office of the President and its working processes with the aim of making it more efficient and effective.

Ø  President to practice a Public Servant Role Model attitude

Ø  Inventorize and Establish a listing of the of President’s Movable and Immovable Assets with the objective of ensuring that all such assets are known for the record pending any government pronouncement on how to deal with such assets

Ø  Practice State of the Nation Address

Ø  Implement Commission’s Recommendations

 

4.         GOVERNMENT MACHINERY

Ø  Establish an urgent task force to review key ministries and Depts in the Govt with the aim of identifying major bottlenecks and abuses( political appointees at key positions) within the service ( include CBG and Parastatals).

Ø  Review Government Machinery and Realign with New Constitution

Ø  Select Seasoned Secretary General and Head of Civil Service

Ø  Screen civil service system and establish high Sense of Professionalism and Accountability

Ø  Restore Security of Tenure

5.         GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE

Ø  Review Hiring System for the Executive based on New Constitution

Ø  Review Hiring System for the Legislature based on New Constitution

Ø  Review Hiring System for the Judiciary based on New Constitution

Ø  Reform the Governance Structure

6.         PARASTATALS AND PRIVATE SECTOR

Ø  Review Parastatals System based on New Constitution

Ø  Restore Confidence in working relations with Central Government

Ø  Review Role of Private Sector in National Development

Ø  Review Public-Private –Partnership Arrangements

 

7.         COMMUNICATION, INFORMATION, TECHNOLOGY (ICT)

Ø  Review ICT Systems and policy in The Gambia ( contracts with Service Providers and abuses that impede attaining the full potential of these services)

Ø  Establish working relationship with Print and Broadcast Media

Ø  Introduce E-governance for Ministries and Depts

8.         POLITICS AND POLITICAL PARTIES

Ø  Review Political System in The Gambia based on New Constitution

Ø  Establish truly Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)

Ø  Increase political awareness through civic education

Ø  Make Elections Transparent

 

 

9.         EMPOWERING THE PRESIDENT

Ø  Prepare and deliver a crash course to enhance the President’s knowledge and tools required for effective running of his office (UNDP)

Ø  Increase President’s knowledge of Government and Governance (UNDP)

Ø  Increase President’s Ability to Follow Up on Issues of National Interest (UNDP)

10.       PRESIDENT’S MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (MIS)

Ø  Set up a suitable MIS for Office of President

Ø  Social, Political and Economic Issues should be highlighted

 

Author: Nyada Baldeh and Hassan. B. Jallow
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