By Lamin Cham
The Gambian honorary consul in Angola, Haji Jawara, has expressed concern about the current toxic nature of Gambian politics, saying it has the potential to upend peace in the country as we inch towards the December election.
In what he called “a special message” to Gambians, Jawara, a respected businessman and influential second-tier diplomat in Angola said he has never seen such kind of venom being spit in Gambian political exchange from independence.
“The time has come for prominent people and opinion leaders to speak out before it is too late. The problem we have here is uncontrolled partisan politics which has now clouded our vision for national unity. The Gambia cannot afford to lose her enviable position as the most peaceful country in Africa. You know most people think it is our beaches and sunshine that attract people to The Gambia. No. It is our peace. We must do everything possible to keep the nation and the people together. The only threat to this peace is the nature of our politics,” he warned.
Consul Jawara advised that one way of getting over our current volatile political situation is to reduce the decibels of the bellicose rhetoric.
“Let us distinguish between the national interest and the personal or group interest. Let us appreciate good and condemn evil wherever they come from or from whoever,” he concluded.