The Gambia we once knew, devoid of impersonation, conspiracy and the blind need to dine at the gallery of penniless kings and queens, is over! For reasons beyond my understanding and common logic, there is a clear need to draw a line between the country’s workforce and the political stalwarts of the many political parties who roam public institutions in search of a position in the point of impersonating officials, spreading rumors and insulting unworthy hatred in many public institutions.
I believe that all political parties have offices, as required by the amended electoral law of 2015, to have a secretariat in each administrative region and, out of conscience, should carry out their relative activities in these offices to allow what is considered as a professional workforce to fulfill its mandate.
The ramification of allowing some of these loyalists to roam encourages unnecessary back and forth with professionals and soon pollutes an effective environment for authority and leadership to find a common focal point in service to the public. In fact, it influences professional practice, frustrates expertise and puts political authority at risk without warning.
Today many dress like James Bond and Angelina Jolie using many very unfamiliar terms in theory and practice to do malevolence, defraud, subjugate and corrupt the system because of what many between them call for a connection to this or that authority.
As the elections are now over and a new cabinet has been appointed, I am of the opinion that all public institutions will strive to profile their staff and must have “functioning and effective websites”. There must also be massive campaigns to popularize these sites and get citizens to understand who to entertain and when to call the nearest police station. This helps in many ways, as it discourages mass corruption, nepotism, conspiracy, and arbitrary firings orchestrated by disinformation and disastrous propaganda.
Disclaimer: This is strictly a personal opinion as a Gambian who cares about the right to free expression.