GAMBIAN CRY—WRITES KOUKOIE
By Koukoie Samba Sanyang
I am not really surprised by President Yaya Jammeh’ s collective assassination of fellow Gambians, because this is the only way he can desperately attempt to defend his autocratic criminal and murderous regime, though I must say that I remain stunned by his absolute nonsense speech and his criminal act of murdering fellow Gambian and Senegalese brothers and sisters.
In particular, I am impressed by this crazy man's success to be self contradictory in his speeches and actions.
I want to point out that President Yaya Jammeh’s lack of sense and obvious lies are the only way he can hide himself behind the Gambian Constitution to try and defend his heinous and criminal act of collective assassination of political detainees, as the truth against this criminal is not bearable. So, using this method, the aim is clearly a defense of his crimes against humanity, and not a defense of Gambian liberty, democracy, security and unity.
From all that is happening in the Gambia I can say we are living in an anti-democratic country ruled by a brutal senseless dictator and we feel we are about to reach breaking point.
The repeated and frequent abuses of human rights, endless unlawful arrests and detentions without fair trials, murders and brutal killings of innocent citizens with impunity is evidence of Jammeh’s regime seeming to get ever more oppressive and inhumane by each day. Pro-Jammeh Gambian elites uses repression and human rights abuses as a means of social control.
State-sponsored terrorism, intimidation, violence including kidnapping, torture, and assassination is the order of the day.
Pain... Agony.... My hatred burns through the cavernous deeps. The Gambian world heaves with my torment. Its wretched Jammeh kingdom quake beneath my rage. But at last the constant and continuous mass political education has raised the Gambian people’s awareness and has equipped them with revolutionary spirit ready to stand firm to challenge the dictator. The whole of Yaya Jammeh’s evil makeup will break soon. And all will burn beneath the shadow of our wings. With our revolutionary struggle we must aim To Heal a Fractured Gambian World.
Today crimes against humanity committed by dictator Jammeh with impunity has been confirmed that Gambians have acknowledged that the revolutionary social teachings consist of the aspects of democratic doctrine which relates to matters dealing with the collective aspect of humanity. A distinctive feature of our revolutionary social doctrine is its concern for the poorest members of society.
• Life and dignity of the human person: The foundational principle of all "revolutionary Social Teaching" is the sanctity of all human life and the inherent dignity of every human person. Human life must be valued above all material possessions and power.
• Preferential option for the poor and vulnerable: we revolutionaries believe that any progressive and revolutionary democratic government should work very hard to help the poor, handicapped and needy.
A democratic revolution believes and works hard towards social justice, administrative justice through words, and deeds and must show solidarity with communication, and compassion for, the poor not killing them. The moral test of any society is "how it treats its most vulnerable members. The poor have the most urgent moral claim on the conscience of the nation. With a democratic revolution people are called to look at public policy decisions in terms of how they affect the poor, handicapped and needy."
A democratic revolution advocates that the role of the State is to promote social justice through the protection of rights, human life and must speak out on social issues in order to teach correct social principles and ensure class harmony not division and destruction. A democratic revolution is called to end plunder, torture, murder, oppression, discrimination and injustice.
The basic liberties according to the democratic revolution are:
• Freedom of thought;
• Liberty of conscience as it affects social relationships on the grounds of religion, philosophy, and morality;
• Political liberties (e.g. representative democratic institutions, freedom of speech and the free press, and freedom of assembly);
• Freedom of association;
• Freedoms necessary for the liberty and integrity of the person (viz: freedom from slavery, freedom of movement and a reasonable degree of freedom to choose one's occupation); and
• Rights and liberties covered by the rule of law.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood and love.
President Yaya Jammeh the Death wing the Destroyer, the Gambian Warder, is one of the worst African evil leaders, criminal Aspects and leader of the wicked terrorist governments in Africa. Since his coming to power President Yaya Jammeh has wrongly and wickedly empowered himself with evil dominion over the Gambia. However, driven mad by the madness of power and wealth, he turned against the other associated power Aspects in his brutal rule ruining the Gambia. He imprisons and unjustly kills innocent peace loving Gambians.
President Yaya Jammeh shamefully failed to create a just society or democratic institutions that are based on the principles of equality and solidarity, that understands and values human rights, and that recognizes the dignity of every human being.
This brutal destructive dictator is unable to establish a Social justice system in the Gambia that is based on the concepts of human rights and equality and involves a greater degree of economic egalitarianism through progressive taxation, income redistribution, or even property redistribution. These policies were to have aimed at achieving as developmental economists refer to as more equality of opportunity than may have currently existed in some societies, and to manufacture equality of outcome in cases where incidental inequalities appear in a procedurally just system.
It is a sad reality and a hard truth for enemies of democracy to swallow the truth that Gambia’ s colonial and neocolonial history created a twentieth century legacy of extreme inequality, with a small elite owning most of the land and controlling the country’s political institutions. In response to this concentration of power and wealth, popular revolutionary political groups and human rights organizations are daily demanding social change.
MASS MURDER OF GAMBIANS WHAT A SHAME. IT IS IN SUCH CRUEL MOMENTS WHEN LEADERS MATTER.
As true sons and daughters of our nation-state it is in moments of human and social crisis that we should heroically and patriotically manifest our Responsibility before History.
"The present is fate and choice, history and politics"
It is in crisis like the criminal mass assassination of Gambians by President Yaya Jammeh that the Gambia and the Gambian people need a brave Leadership with Dynamics to lead a Social and Political Movement for radical global change not cosmetic changes misleading the poor masses.
We all know that leaders are central to social movements and revolutionary movements’ leaders must possess “leadership capital” and must have cultural, social, and symbolic components.
There are conditions under which leadership capital affects three key processes in movement development: (1) mobilization of aggrieved parties, (2) activation of third-party supporters, and (3) responses to repression and murder. There is the need for more comprehensive, systematic, and comparative investigation of factors influencing leadership in domestic and transnational movements.
Leaders play a critical role in collective action, shaping movements in numerous ways. Leaders define goals and advance strategies. They mobilize followers, galvanize indigenous organizations, and forge coalitions. They influence responses to internal and external repression, and their action, rhetoric, and style affect conflict outcomes.
President Yaya Jammeh’s autocratic regime must be disarmed and brought to justice.
Seen the brutality and savagery engulfing the entire nation there must be co-operation between the opposition and the oppressed Gambian people to fight and defend their interests. That is the only way in which we could struggle to maintain peace, freedom and justice.
As a result since independence with neocolonialism the Gambian people no longer feel important in the scheme of things. They have the impression that everything has become so big, so organized, so standardized and governmentalized that there is no room for the individual, his talents, his requirements or his wishes. They no longer count.
"We must find the means and the method of working together not only in times of political war, and mortal anguish, but in times of peace, with all its bewilderments and clamor and clatter of tongues."
What has indeed happened now is that once again The Gambia and Gambians are not prepared to be pushed around. We are ever ready to cease to be a nation in retreat. We must have instead a new-found confidence born in the political and economic battles at home. That confidence must come from the re-discovery of ourselves, and must grow with the recovery of our self-respect and dignity.
Although our principles have been sorely tested by the oppressive neocolonial regime at different times over the last fifty years, we have always tried as best as we can to uphold and advance those African revolutionary principles in a way that it must unite our revolutionary movements and served the best interests of the Gambia and Africa.
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for our own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to who the crimes committed by President Yaya A. A. Jammeh’s neocolonial killer regime weighs heavily in the scales of Gambian dark history and Gambians must rightfully place President Yaya Jammeh in the list and category of that long and worthless list of criminal inhuman dictators Africa has ever had , who are brutal oppressors, murderers, senseless killers, heartless rulers, power hungry demons, greedy and egoist leaders, day dreamers of Idi Amin Dada type, false misleading political demons, sustainers of kufr and fitnah, evil incarnated tribalist leaders, neocolonial settler agents who walked, worked and wrongly committed crimes against humanity in Africa, and served as colonial and imperialist agents and are awful symbols of Africa’s downfall, backwardness, miseries, untold sufferings and subjugation.
I wish President Yaya Jammeh to acknowledge that we will never ever beg for peace, friendship and love from him but we will take them by force from him as it is our birth right.
In any case, this mass murder of Gambians will only confirm our determination to continue the collective fight and to double our efforts in the combat against the fascist President in the Gambia. President Yaya Jammeh is, indeed, the henchman of reaction; the henchman of the neocolonialists who are the enemies of the Gambian and African people; the henchman of a barbaric and animalistic neocolonialist generation who only know the law of terror and of the jungle; a generation of evil dictators infected by megalomania, scorning human rights; a generation which practices total discrimination between men and causes the oppressed and exploited Gambian people to be considered as less than human beings.
What a shame and cheat for President Yaya Jammeh authorizes the UN to investigate on the criminal assassination of the veteran journalist Deyda Haidara co-founder of the Point newspaper and correspondent of Agence France Presse and Chief Ebrima Manneh’s disappearance at a time when he is under national and international pressure to join the civilized world.
Why now after President Yaya Jammeh’s manifest hypocrisy and repeated refusal for an independent commission of enquiry to be established to investigate on the murder of veteran journalist Deyda Haidara and the disappearance of journalist Chief Ebrima Manneh.
Does President Yaya Jammeh think that he can freely insult our intelligence and fool our vigilance as he gave all assurance to Reverend Jesse Jackson on his acceptance for a UN commission of enquiry to investigate on these two crimes who went to plea to him to stop the ongoing executions of prisoners condemned to death knowing full well that he has eliminated all his trigger happy NIA killers (extermination squad) who are potential witness to the crime , all traces and signs that will incriminate him and his notorious evil murderous NIA.
From the origins of President Yaya Jammehs junta regime, there is no reflexive justification for every resort to force and terror, imprisonment without fair trial, murder, kidnappings and economic strangulation: the unpatriotic acts were undertaken in defense of his crimes against humanity “and his monolithic and ruthless conspiracy” based in Kanilai and Banjul state House.
With President Yaya Jammeh’s regime deeply entrenched in globalised criminality no truth no justice will ever triumph in the Gambia unless the policies have to change, or new justifications would have to be devised. It will become clear very quickly which course would be followed, casting new light on what had come before, and on the institutional basis of policy.
President Yaya Jammeh should know that he cannot divert public attention from his criminal activities and go free. I wish President Yaya Jammeh to abandon his evil oppressive plans to hold on to the unquestioned power politics, acting to ensure the limitation of any exercise of freedom and justice by the Gambian people. President Yaya Jammeh never wanted to set the record straight and bring the culprits to book. There cannot be accountability, transparency and justice in any investigation in the Gambia on crimes committed against humanity unless there has to be strict regulations that are not arbitrary. Any regulations on any investigations on crimes committed against humanity in the Gambia should be set in a way that the direction of the investigation must be clear and totally independent. It is only such a procedure that can provide an opportunity to reveal the extent of the rot. It is said in Africa that “When the tide goes out, you see who has been swimming naked”.
I am constantly surprise that some people believe that they have no talent at all. Surely the good creator Allah the Beneficent did not create any of us without something with which the world can be blessed! There is no “one size fits all” on the issue of talents; everyone has been given at least one talent. Some have been given many talents, but they are not as a result more favoured than those who have been given less.
All are to use their talents to advance their world and glorify their maker. All will be judged for their talents on the basis of what they did with it, not how much they were given. Every Gambian has been endowed with at least one talent. The world awaits the investment of that talent to the glory of Allah and the development of our nation not destroy it. We need to understand, appropriate what we have been blessed with.
We all know we have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man/woman’s gift is leadership, let him/her govern diligently his/her people, let him/her use it in proportion to his/her mission. If it is serving, let him/ her serve rightly and justly; if it is teaching, let him/her teach the right profitable knowledge. If it is encouraging, let him/her encourage, if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him/her give generously; if it is showing mercy, let him/her do it cheerfully. Every talent has the potential to turn up a profit if invested wisely.
The world shows preferences on the types of talents. It recognizes some and despises others. This has led to a lot of confusion and caused many to shun or bury their talents out of fear; ignorance or sheer indolence. Yet no excuse will avail any of us for burying our talents.
It is very important to know what your talents are and to plan how to develop them so they can be maximized. To know your talents, ask Allah Himself to reveal them to you. Also start doing duties that lie nearest to you. You would be surprise that as you are faithful in the little opportunities, Allah the Beneficent will bless your efforts and reveal more to you. The converse is also true: If we don’t use the gifts we have we shall lose them.
Allah expects us to reach the highest pinnacle of whatever line of talent He has bestowed us with. Be it in a village, or city, a presidential palace or a dungeon, He expects us to exhibit our talents for His glory and the benefit of our world.
No matter how talented you think you are, invest your talents, continue to develop them and watch Allah grow them from their raw to the highest state.
One reason why we tend to bury our talents is that we fear that the more we utilize our gifts for the benefit of others, the poorer we become. But just the opposite is true! Besides the joy of service to people and Allah, we are blessed with more. Allah will demand an account from each and every one of us at the end of how the Gambia was blessed through the investment of your talent. Allah has given wisdom to all men and women to apply in all manners of crafts. We are created with the gift of creativity to bring people together to share meaningful experiences. We should mobilize people to effect positive changes. No talent is worthless and none ought to be buried.
Our nation has suffered enough in the midst of hatred, cruelty and division. Whatever we do let us do it heartily, as to Allah and not to men. We should defeat the devil within us.
I am cautiously optimistic. Gambians love each other. We can do business together. We both believe in our own political systems. Everyone firmly believes in his/her mission; I firmly believe in mine. We are never going to change one another. So that is not in doubt, but we have two great interests in common: that we should both do everything we can to see that the Gambia does not go into civil war and senseless destruction.
We are more likely to succeed if we can build up confidence in one another and trust in one another about each other's approach, and therefore, we must believe in cooperating on social, political and economic matters, on cultural matters, on quite a lot of contacts between politicians from the two sides of the divide. We need to have a frank dialogue with a cross fertilization of ideas not a monologue. We need peace and unity not division and war. We all should be very ready to enter into full, detailed discussions; not to stick to prepared statements. We should have a genuine discussion. If anyone loves the Gambia let his/her actions reflect his/her words.
We should come together to crush and brutally break down the misplaced pride and arrogance of quislings and traitors to the Gambian nation and to reduce to nothing the people’s enemies bringing back the oppressed and exploited people’s glory, honor and dignity. We must bring back the real Gambia.
Koukoie Samba Sanyang