Gambia: Editorial: Barrow Is Running A Divided Cabinet; No Minister Attended The TRRC Launching!


President Adama Barrow is presiding over a divided government, with mixed political and economic agendas clearly manifested all over the place. Political decorum is absent in this new administration. This is one of the most disorganized, disruptive, agenda driven, mediocre, and polarizing governments that the Gambia, has ever had since independence back in 1965.  Even dictator Yahya Jammeh’s government with all its shortcomings and lack of legitimacy, was more organized compared to the current regime.

There are so many captains trying to run the ship of state. Barrow, the accidental president, has been outshine by the unofficial captains masquerading as “presidents” of this country. They operate on their own, and could hardly see eye to eye with their peers in cabinet.

Is the world keenly following what’s happening in the Gambia? They called Barrow’s administration a transition government. This is Gambia’s post democratic rule after the fall of the exiled dictator Yahya Jammeh.

The Gambia needs a steady and honest leadership to be able to heal the wounds of the past perpetrated by Jammeh and his cohorts; unite the divided country; restore and consolidate democratic foundations; and help fix the economic mess left behind by the former tyrant.

It’s sad to note that President Adama Barrow, has no control over his cabinet; talk less of the main government machinery. Yet, this is the man, who is expected to run and unite the country. His own cabinet is in complete disarray. We have seen cabinet members not in speaking terms. Cabinet members boycotting functions organized by their sister line ministries.

A case in point was the launching of the Truth, Reconciliation, Reparations Commission (TRRC) National Consultations sensitization tour to be spearheaded by the Ministry of Justice. We are talking about reconciling and healing the wounds of the past under Jammeh’s era.

Unfortunately, there was no cabinet member present at the TRRC launching. The only person present in that cabinet was the Secretary General Dawda Fadera. All the rest had chosen to stay away from the occasion. What does this tell you Gambia? Is this a normal behavior from a government, which wants to reconcile its people?

It’s our fervent belief that true reconciliation should start within Barrow’s cabinet. The regime should be honest to the people of this country and admit that there is no serious teamwork in cabinet.

If outsiders can grace such an important occasion, how comes that the Barrow cabinet can miss the launching of the TRRC function?

The Chief Justice Assan Jallow was also missing at the launching of the TRRC. This is sad Gambia.

Brother Baa Tambadou is doing his very best to see to it that the TRRC becomes a true story for our new-found democracy. But we need cabinet too on board to sit side by side with Baa during events like these.

The other day, we contacted Demba Ali Jawo, the Minister of Communication to shed light on the cancellation of dictator Yahya Jammeh’s diplomatic passport and that of his family, but to our chagrin Minister Jawo said he was not aware of the story. He asked us to give him time to further research on the story.

The news was already on the wire. The Washington Post, Reuters, Associated Press (AP) and other international news outlets have already reported the story. Our own Communication Minister was not in the picture at the time of contacting him.  

Luckily, we were able to get hold of Saikou Ceesay, the Communication Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Ceesay confirmed to us about the diplomatic and service passport cancellations. We then decided to go ahead with the story after running a piece that was published by the Associated Press. 

The different agendas at work in Barrow’s government will only derail our well fought democratic change. We need one ship captain at a time to run government business. Cabinet members please bury the hatchets and work together as a team. Give peace, and development a chance to rain in the new Gambia. We rest our case!

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