Alagi Yorro Jallow

Fatoumatta: ‘Mista’ and Mademoiselle of Gambian politicians do not seem to operate within a set of any known principles or ideology. Our political prostitutes are akin to the Gallinae kind of ancient Rome: Thief-prostitutes, extortionists, practitioners of cash-and-dash and petty thieves; girlfriends of robbers who lure men and women into traps.

Adama Barrow and Ousainou Darboe are busy recycling and recruiting members of the APRC “to brass” people. These are former Yahya Jammeh enablers serving in diplomatic positions and senior government civil service positions, those politicians represent a select crop of Gambian politicians who have perfected the art of “personal opportunism.”

Those ‘Mista’ and Mademoiselle politicians have served in virtually all administrations since Sir Dawda by changing their allegiance in tandem with the political spur of the moment just like the proverbial chameleon. They have never stood for anything apart from cheerleading the regime in power for personal gain. They have never made any real or imagined sacrifices for the nation. It is the nation which has always bent backwards to accommodate them to save them from political oblivion – posh diplomatic assignments, cabinet positions to public jobs for kin and friends.

‘Mista’ and Mademoiselle Politicians know “when to use” and “when to dump.” Free agents in every sense of the word loyal only to self and stomach. They have perfected the art to a divine fault. Time is nigh for every Samba, Demba and Fatoumatta to join the “change” bandwagon.

Former speaker Abdoulie was a member of the APRC

The only change in our political sphere is time. The players remain the same. Same forest, same monkeys irrespective of who wins. So, expect the same problems post 2021.

Fatoumatta: The politics, of shamelessness. Give it to ‘Mista’ and Mademoiselle politician. Trust him or her, to entice; to convert nakedness into a smart suit; to redirect opprobrium into an opportunity.

Wasn’t Speaker Abdoulie Bojang, Suku Sighateh and other National Assembly members who voted to extend Yahya Jammeh’s term of office for three months after Gambians decided: Declared State of Emergency: Constitutional coup: Those Yahya supporters and enablers turned to Adama Barrow and Yellow now deserted the Green? (wasn’t Speaker Abdoulie Bojang and Suku one of them).

Mista and Mademoiselle politicians will rationalize violence; sanitize theft of public resources; deodorize impunity. Because he or she wears the suit of pride, has no sense of guilt; does not possess a moral barometer; has developed the art, and science? of not feeling pain about oneself. Give it to Mista and Mademoiselle politicians?

Fatoumatta: The next election vis-a-vis the next generation. The latter primarily focuses on institutions, anti-corruption, inclusion, affirmation, equalization, eradication; emancipation. The former? Positions, ambition, intuition, competition, alienation, capitulation, aberration. Listen to James Freeman Clarke? “A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman of the next generation”. The next election; the next generation. Ours, an abdication – a desertification of, statesmen?