COVID -19 CRISIS AND THE THREAT TO NATIONAL STABILITY
Recent releases from the State House and other media networks reveal the gravity of the crisis that this country is now going through with regard to the dangerous spread of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus.
The information coming out of the Ministry of Health and the State House indicates a national crisis the like of which the country has never seen. It seems the executive, which includes the presidency, and several cabinet ministers either have tested positive for COVID-19 or are in quarantine because of their close association to confirmed COVID-19 cases. As a nation, we wish them speedy recovery to enable them to continue to manage the affairs of state. To those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 we extend our deep–felt condolence to the bereaved families.
However, at this juncture, and more than ever before, we expect decisive leadership. The Head of State must come forward and fully assume responsibility for steering the ship of state to safety. The Gambia For All (GFA) from the onset has strongly advocated for strong and capable leadership and warned against the risk of reducing the crisis to its simplest dimension as just a public health issue. While we respect and recognize the professionalism of the Minister of Health, we believe that the full extent of the threat facing the nation is beyond the invocation of an obscure Dangerous Infectious Disease Act that appears to leave the responsibility of managing the crisis within the domain of the Ministry of Health.
The focus has to be on how to implement decisive medically advised measures that will lead to limiting the spread of this menacing threat, and at the same time ensure that the institutions of state do not collapse, leaving behind a paralyzed nation.
GFA believes that in view of the seriousness of the crisis and the threat it poses to national stability, the National Assembly should convene an emergency session, via any safe means, and work closely with the Executive in a manner devoid of partisan politics to discuss and approve the implementation of measures geared towards defeating the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Such measures should include:
GFA strongly advises all Gambians to fully respect the health guidelines and protect themselves, in doing so we will be protecting others.
God protect and bless the Gambia! __________________________________
National Executive Secretariat
Gambia For All
Ma-Jonka House, Block 6a Kanifing Estate
P.O. Box 3201 Serekuda