Tribal Politics Is Turning Us Against Each Other – Peace
The country’s struggle for freedom and democracy has been marked by violence and conflict, resulting in considerable loss of respect for each other and people taking laws into their hands. On the positive side, it has given the people strength and clarity of vision to continue to preserve their democratic gains, which again not because of the change of government because it was long way guaranteed in the Gambia’s law.
The search for national peace and good leadership has been a lifelong goal of Gambians. Is it really impossible to have national peace? There are a series of reasons why this “peace” thing seems very unattainable to us. One of which is politics of tribal lines and remark. First let us look at our current situation, party leaders are very comfortable with the tribal war currently happening because it gives them added weight to the supporters. The amount of people responding to insults are more than the first offenders.
These scenes are already familiar to us since the former regime but wasn’t widely visible maybe because people were less free to express their anger in public. That’s why many Gambians start to think that this goal of New Gambia is becoming more of a dream, a dream that seem unattainable. The average Gambians are becoming more and more hopeless of being able to attain this national peace and what we widely call the New Gambia, and its government. Even though there are numerous attempts to attain this, they all remain useless. Instead of Gambians coming one, they began parting their own ways promoted by leaders and surrogate in the Diaspora.
The peace movement started as a struggle against exploitation, inequalities in the distribution of resources and violation of human rights. The new government and its leadership must adhere to the principle of democracy, and advocate for people’s organizations provided the impetus in awakening general consciousness. To a large extent we the people should helped shape the direction of government’s initiatives in future peace processes.
Peace is a term that most commonly refers to an absence of aggression, violence or hostility but, peace isn’t the absence of violence but rather the presence of justice. In a society, peace happens when different desires are in one agreement. it is based on many things, culture, education, family values, experience, & history (to name a few) but the basis is the same to co-exist without war, killing, & overpowering a fellow being.
One of the many things that is holding back Gambia’s development is the lack of justice when its due, nepotism, tribalism and corruption and nothing is been done about it, to make matter worst the people are the one found in the center of these obstacles. A country as poor as the Gambia has be consumed by greedy politicians who the whole world had hope of peace and democracy.
People who think with their epidermis or their genitalia or their clan are the problem to begin with. One does not banish this specter by invoking it. If I would not vote against someone on the grounds of ‘race’ or ‘gender’ alone, then by the exact same token I would not cast a vote in his or her favour for the identical reason. Yet see how this obvious question makes fairly intelligent people say the most alarmingly stupid things. We shouldn’t see or identify our self solely as a member of a tribe, but as a citizen of a nation of one people working toward a common purpose.
To remedy the malady of tribal politics, a holistic approach is proposed, taking into consideration all stakeholders. Leaders, firstly, we must make it a priority to lead the campaign against tribal politics. Their seriousness or sluggishness in how the issue is tackled can exterminate or aggravate the problem.
The wide spread of audios messages and social media reporting is not helping the Gambia. The media have the responsibility of making sure that they are very circumspect in their reportage. It is not every inciting speech that must be aired, no matter how ‘exciting’ it makes the programme to be. This is important because the inconsequential pleasures derived from such ‘excitements’ cannot be compared to the problems associated with incitement.
Every Gambian must understand that freedom of speech can lead to loss of freedom when it is abused. This is because freedom of speech cannot guarantee freedom after speech. It is better to give up your freedom to speak than allow it take away your freedom. So the citizenry must encourage seasoned speeches from homes to the streets.
Finally, we must encourage unity in diversity. The strength of every nation is how united her people are. Our diversity must not be used as a tool to bring about adversities in the country.
Rather, it should help us see each tribe as unique and learn from each other. When we see each other as unique, the sense of superiority, which accompanies tribalism, will be destroyed so as to keep ourselves as one people. Gambia is not lost yet, so she can be saved. But her salvation is in our hands.
Pa Ousman Cham