Alagi Yorro Jallow

I had a dream. That two senior Cabinet ministers resigned within 24 hours of each other because they didn’t have confidence in the direction the President is taking the country and were principled enough to step aside because they didn’t believe they could serve under the government any more.

Then I woke up. I think it was because I had left the news on all night while drifting in and out of sleep with them talking about Cabinet resignations and a weak leader who might be ousted.

Ah well! You can only dream that it’ll happen in the history of the Gambia. What am I kidding myself about? Not even those former Cabinet ministers fired and recycled resign despite of allegations of abuse of office and inept. Cabinet ministers will not resign even when ministries they oversee lose billions to thieves or considering quitting their posts.

Yet the Gambia is a country in which the clear majority have no access to healthcare and for whom any serious illness is a death sentence.

In Romania, a Prime minister and his entire government resigned over a fire in a nightclub that killed thirty-two clubbers. In the Gambia cabinet ministers don’t resign. When police killed three unarmed protestors and wounded several people at Faraba village, no Cabinet minister contemplate resigning.

When the bakers and doctors went on strike no Cabinet minister ponder resigning unlike in Tunisia when bread shortage was reported, a Cabinet minister took responsibility and resigned and never sent home.

In other news, I heard public servants hiring advisers to do the job they are employed to do. This has contributed to the mess in the wage bill challenging new Gambia.

How can a Cabinet minister have five to six advisers? It simply means you do not know what you are doing.