(JollofNews) – The secretary-general of the Gambia’s United Democratic Party (UDP) has called on the country’s newly elected National Assembly Members to serve all Gambians without favour or ill will.
Lawyer Ousainou Darboe said he expects the representatives to actively scrutinise the executive with vigilance and competency, tempered by positivism and a mission for cooperation and united actions.
He added that in the new Gambia, there shall be respect and tolerance and the duty and pride of the representatives will depend on how well they serve the national interest.
“It is a sign of democratic maturity that we can have political differences, yet we still work together closely and respectfully, in the national interest. We have a lot of work to do to rebuild our country, after 22 years of dictatorship,” he added.
Mr Darboe, 68, who is also the Gambia’s Foreign minister, said although Gambians have peacefully voted for candidates of various political groups in the election, they should continue to jealously guard the peace the country is renowned for and never allow themselves to be divided by politics.
He added: “We are a nation of one family, united by blood ties and love of our people. Whatever village or town you live in; whatever work you do; whichever language you speak; whichever party you belong to; you are first and foremost, the daughter or son of the land, this beloved land of the Gambia, this home and abode of ours. Never forget that national interest surpasses any other affiliations you may have.
“Democratic election is about fair competition amongst people and parties. Sometimes, there are tensions; sometimes there is anger; yet always, there is love of our country and our people.
“This is why we are a united and harmonious nation. It is only three months, since we liberated our country from dictatorship through peaceful means. Again, the whole world stands in admiration in the way we have conducted the National Assembly election campaign, in peace and good humour. This is our blessing as a country. This is the new Gambia. Let us not allow anything to undermine this noble heritage. Law and order, justice for all, democracy, development with dignity-we strive and work for these virtues and shall never take them for granted.”