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Posted - 16 Jun 2013 :  05:11:20  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message
1. ‘The Neutral Brokers’ – Diaspora Gambians by Burama Jammeh

"I recognized efforts made by many out there to change the path of our nation. The efforts are not necessarily good enough if they are not equal to and/or not addressing the core problem. We should commend all the opposition organizations and their followers for maintaining the political discourse within Gambia for this long at times of severe risks. On the flip side the political activists, especially those outside the Gambia are yet to find their rightful role in the struggle....

We in the diaspora (simply those of us living outside the borders of The Gambia) have a special opportunity to help our nation get on track to appropriately addressing her problems. This is so because we are beyond the reaches of the authorities in Banjul to directly harm us and equally importantly we are better position to sell/market the plight of Gambia to garner International interest for the needed transformations - otherwise anybody at anywhere can undertake this task so long as you can do the work. Either way if appropriately undertaken – it’s not going to be easy, it will take time, it will cost lots of money which we do not have but have the potential to raise it and sadly it may claim life and property. As hard as these difficulties may seem they are better than the disadvantages of alternative approaches so far known to me.

The Diaspora Gambia or their representatives would need to stand independent of electioneering for any political group(s). That is we are neutral brokers with a set agenda – Democracy, Freedom, Civil Liberties, Appropriate Decentralized Governance Structures/Authorities, Prosperity in an Open Equal Opportunity Nation.

That position enabled us define our problem (Problem Statement/Analysis). This begs the question we ought to ask ourselves: What Do We want – A ‘Democratic Republic of The Gambia’ or to Remove and Replace Yahya? These are completely different and the later doesn’t necessarily guarantee the former.

In as much as we despised Yahya and his A(F)PRC Enterprise we cannot continued to ignore the fact that he has to be an important component of the solution. Many of us are with the notion that Yahya is singlehandedly the sole problem. No he is not. Certainly he is one bad guy (Darth Vader) in our history but so too anyone of us will be with the current environment. Our problem created Yahya and if we did not stand our grounds quickly we can expect many more Yahya’s in the very near future. Yahya is not powerful as suggested some. His power is to the extent of our weakness. It is a simple mathematical equation: Yahya + Gambians = 1, when we are zero, he is 1, when we are 0.5, he is 0.5 and when we are 1, he is zero. We should work to tilt this equation on our side. He currently has the upper hand; hence he has no incentive to work with anyone to fix Gambia. The stronger we organize and amass our voice the weaker he gets; that will be his incentive to listen and ready to work with us on the coming of democracy.

Strategizing with the opposition group is implicitly telling the other side you are an opponent, hence he will treat us as one of his political foes. The other problem associated with this strategy is the endless leadership squabbling that continued to further divide us...."

SOURCE: MAAFANTA.COM (Full information here)



Edited by - kobo on 16 Jun 2013 06:49:28
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