QTV’S THE VIEWPOINT AIRED 3 SEPTEMBER 2020: WHY THE COMMENTS OF ESAU WILLIAMS ANGERED INFORMATION MINISTER SILLAH?

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QTV’S THE VIEWPOINT AIRED 3 SEPTEMBER 2020

WHY THE COMMENTS OF ESAU WILLIAMS ANGERED INFORMATION MINISTER SILLAH?

What turned out to be a frank and normal interview from one of Gambia’s best known journalist and political analyst became anathema to the Information Minister Sillah who now wants no further viewing of that episode at the QTV and is even demanding an apology form the authorities at the private TV station for not being fair to him. He claimed he was denied the opportunity to respond to Esau Williams’ allegation that when he was confronted about the illegality of setting up an office for the wife of the president at the State House he (Sillah) told Esauthat it was not his business.

With all the episodes of The Viewpoint aired so far by QTV, it seems this is the most controversial hard-hitting one that touched on many of the issues facing the Barrow’s government.  There are many takeaways from the veteran journalist’s interview but the one that stands out the most for me is how the country is fast becoming a “gangster’s paradise” where everything in the Gambia is linked to materialism and self- aggrandizement which in turn is the driving force behind the widespread corruption of this government.

Contrary to Minister Sillah’s assertion, Esau was simply concerned about the ominous trend that this country is facing which is no doubt taking us to the dangerous path of socialmalaise, economic downturn, and the downward slide to a politically failed state. The other takeaways worthy of mention here are:

The lack of mental discipline and fortitude to do the right thing for this country. Mr. Williams even cited the example of the former President how quickly he was able to learn on the job which the present head of state is not doing in running the country, as he said “running a country is not about sitting in the State House. It is about rolling your sleeves up and going to work on behalf of the Gambian people you sworn to protect, preserve and serve”.
The country lacks a strong opposition to hold the powers that be to account. The coalition started at the wrong footing which he described as, “genetically defect at birth”. He argued the case that it was wrong for the opposition leaders who formed the coalition to hold cabinet positions in the government. Nothing further from the truth!
The conspiracy of silence on the part of the intelligentsia. It is no doubt that Gambia possessed a plethora of intellectuals but most of them are either reluctant to speak out or afraid to tell truth to power. The culture of ‘yes sir’ is so prevalent in the country that it takes a pseudo-intellectual to think he is the only one capable of running the country
His concern about the absence of competent journalists who should stop mixing partisan politics with journalism, and be pursuers of truth ready to root out corruption by shaming and naming them. How truthful!

These and many wise advices you get from that interview should be a good classroom lecture for aspiring students in not only journalism, but to anyone who loves to see his country prosper especially the 65 percent of those youths who are now  forming the majority in this country.

The veteran journalist said nothing that could warrant the banning of that interview and its removal from the QTV website. Minister Sillah is also demanding for an apology. He is the one who should apologize to Gambians instead for not serving the interests of the people when he is appointed to serve without favor or ill will. It should be his business to question the inappropriateness and unconstitutionality of establishing an office for the wife of the President at the expense of taxpayers.

It sad to see a trained journalist like Mr. Sillah now becoming a menace to the very profession he vowed to serve and protect.

A Concerned Citizen

Editors note:  The author’s views do not represent the position of the Freedom Newspaper.  Thanks for your kind attention.

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