EDITORIAL | The state of The Gambia and the great betrayal
It’s been three years since the defenestration of Jammeh regime, yet The Gambia seems to be stuck in a state of institutional decay.
The dream of a new Gambia has long been deferred at the altar of political expediency.
Instead of embarking on political reforms, the president and his men seem to be more interested in self-perpetuation, while hospitals and schools go without funding.
People are dying of simple yet treatable diseases in hospitals while our schools remain massively underfunded. Corruption and gross abuse of human rights continue unabated, while communities endure wanton environmental destruction as government watches with apathy.
The more things change the more they seem to stay the same. The retrogression into Jammeh era policies is further crystallized by the appointment of former Jammeh officials who have no interest in changing the status quo.
The stifling of political dissent and illegal detention of perceived rivals is another Jammeh-era practice that has re-emerged with increasing frequency. And the situation is exacerbated by corrupt judges who are more concerned about security of tenure than serving justice.
Security officers who served under Jammeh and committed the most egregious violations of human rights continue to be reabsorbed,denuding the 2016 democratic triumph of its revolutionary ethos.
The people of The Gambia deserve better.The government can do better.We can do better.