Seemingly, it appears that Ousainou Darboe is running a shadow government. His recent announcement to use the United Democratic Party’s (UDP) led municipal councils, to operate food banks, has confirmed our assertion. He is no doubt undercutting the operations of the Central government. Darboe’s conduct has legal ramifications. Municipalities are not supposed to engage in unsupervised fundraising drive. Keep in mind that Gambian taxpayers are running the municipalities headed by the UD Mayor, Mayoress and Chairmen.
Darboe is capitalizing on a leadership void currently facing The Gambia. He knew very well that his actions are illegal.
As warned by the German based Transparency International, the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, is going to open the floodgates for corruption. Others might use the campaign against the deadly virus to promote their own political and selfish financial agendas.
The Gambian void leadership situation is a sad one. Barrow is not receiving the necessary legal advice from his Attorney General Abubacarr Tambadou.
There is nowhere in the world, in which an opposition party that occupies the local government leadership of a country, would operate outside the Central government. The UDP local government leaders should work with the government in combating the deadly corona pandemic.
It is wrong for the party to operate food banks just for the sake of political expediency. From what we understand, the UDP party, is now using The Gambian government local authority for its own political adventurism. They are not merely feeding the poor and needy just for the sake of it; it is politically motivated.
The UDP’s recent political adventurism excesses should be called out. If they are interested in helping the poor and the needy, they should channel their financial help through the Central government and not through party line.
It is also wrong for the local government authority to seek funding from poor voters. The donors funds should be used to feed the poor and the needy.
Once again, can someone please help us, wake Barrow from his slumber. He should take charge of this country. We rest our case.