Alagi Yorro Jallow

Freedom fighters rarely remain fighters after tasting power. In many cases they turn to dictatorship and find comfort in corruption. But the worst ones are those who do not achieve power of their own but survive in its periphery.

Thus, the rumors depressing my soul right now: President Adama Barrow’s silence and in private intimations about the fifty-seven vehicles donated to our Parliamentarians by a faceless donor and also decided to keep the surreptitious removal of a coalition partner and party leader from office for unknown reasons is mindboggling. When leaders get too used to applause from their followers, they start to believe in their own myth. They see themselves spotting a halo, one they imagine bestows unusual insight on them.

From what I have been reading and saw on Facebook, the “Buffer Zone Drama” I thought it was just the “rest of Gambians” feeling the pain of corruption and economic mismanagement.

Political leaders that pretends to serve the populace while enriching themselves & their supporters on our backs. Both propose increased government spending, both have placed ethnic identity at the center of their campaigns. No one is talking about housing, electricity, taxes, employment​ or a whole lot of issues of interest to me. To go to the ballots would be to legitimize an extremely flawed & disingenuous system.

Fiscal indiscipline, wastage of public funds and excessive borrowing from the domestic market, are the pivotal contributors to high interest rates. In one sentence, Tactical Alliance government has performed poorly in the management of the economy.

No amount of PR gimmicks can negate this fact. Almost one year, I hope Gambians will know against incompetence and mediocre leadership, whose only success is false ethnic pride.

We should stop rewarding leaders whose only interest is preserving the status quo, where the poor remain poor and the elite plunder national resources for the benefit of friends and immediate family. Let us stop the culture of rewarding corrupt leaders with public office. Let us stop glorifying people who have a track record of plunder under the guise of “hustling.” Let us stop the culture of tribal kingpins for they use the collective ignorance of their respective communities for self-preservation.

All tribal kingpins are just economic criminals, who have negotiated their way to power by intimidating the organs of state, including the judiciary.

State leadership is not defined by the number of photos opportunities on the lawns of State House with local and foreign leaders.

Success of State leadership is not defined by how many international conferences or visiting Heads of State a Nation can host. The leadership of a State nation is first a foremost obligated to ensure the wellbeing of its citizens