The top brass of the Peoples’ Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS) reiterated the need for the tiny West African country to move from regime change to system change, saying it is the way forward.
PDOIS Chairperson Sidia Jatta and Secretary General Halifa Sallah successively echoed this concern Sunday during a news conference held at a hall adjacent to Foroya newspaper headquarter in Ebo town.
The move came on the heels of the just concluded Congress of the party held from December 28 to December 30 2019 at Ngayen Sanjal in the North Bank Region (NBR) and which was centred on the theme “A New Gambian For A New Gambia.”
As Gambia is emerging from 22 years of dictatorship by the Jammeh regime, National Assembly member for Wuli West Sidia Jatta made it clear that the task that remains to be achieved is system change, calling on Gambians to rededicate themselves to that fundamental task.
“That is the new dedication,” he emphasized. “The change that we have been calling for is still to come.”
In the run-up to the 2016 Presidential elections, PDOIS was instrumental in mobilising democratic forces in order to put an end to Yahya Jammeh’s two-decade long rule.
Jatta further stated that those who are committed to bring about system change in the country should bear in mind that “those that they elect are their servants.”
“They are elected to serve the people, to carry out the fundamental objective of transforming this country,” he said.
Weighing in on the issue of change, Halifa Sallah seized the opportunity to remind the gathering that he had gone back and forth for weeks with the Presidency when he spoke out about the need for system change.
He revealed that the Congress has now decided to move PDOIS to the next phase, which is system change.
Sallah went on to say they did not see any trajectory different from the system that has wrecked the country during under previous regimes
“The trajectory of this government is not heading towards changing the system,” he said.
      “What We Did Was Strategic”
As a major stakeholder of Coalition 2016 that was able to unseat former longtime ruler, the party leadership raised eyebrows when they declined to take cabinet posts in the aftermath of the regime change.
“The first phase of national liberation is the sovereignty of the Republic. The second phase is the sovereignty of the people. We cannot bypass that,” PDOIS Secretary General said in an unequivocal way.
In an attempt to shut down critics, PDOIS emblematic figure said the decision they took has been proven to be correct.
“PDOIS has always been to enlightening the people,” he indicated.
Halifa Sallah said the party felt that they can contribute to national development in Parliament by promoting laws.
“What can we do in a nation without enacting laws, promoting policies,” he quizzed. “We believed that we can more effective in Parliament than being part of Cabinet.”
Written by Abdoulie JOHN
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