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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Letters: Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely

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Dear editor,
Adama Barrow, in the interest of political expediency, chose his friends, or perhaps they chose him.

However it happened, the end result will turn out to be very devastating for Adama Barrow, if not now, later.. The litany of political missteps Adama Barrow has so daringly plunged into is intriguing even to me.

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In a way, it is reminiscence of the self-destructive behavior of Yahya Jammeh.

The exacerbation of the corruption culture, intended to further advance his political interest, is also the undoing that will come back to bite him.

But power has a way of blinding its victims to the reality, and it might be too late for Adama Barrow to want to relinquish the position of power that was entrusted to him on a temporary basis.

This time, clueless people like Hamat Bah and Pierre Gomez, who act like they’re overlords of the Gambian people, are injecting terrible ideas in Adama Barrow’s head, and its all for their own political self-interests.

For this is the only chance each of them will ever have to being so close to the center of power.

It is their self-interest, and that of those criminal elements from the Yahya Jammeh era, in this Coalition government, who will be the catalysts in Adama Barrow’s final undoing. And in the end, a timeless lesson teaches us “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice”~Theodore Parker (August 24, 1810 – May 10, 1860).

 

 

 

Killa Ace arrest
The arrest, detention and denial of bail to Ali Cham, a young entertainer, is disconcerting. It is not clear what crime he committed to warrant taking such drastic action, which is clearly disallowed by law in most crimes.

Even putting aside, the crime he is arrested for, the denial of bail should prompt the judiciary to action, because only a judge and magistrate can deny bail to an accused person.

This thus looks like the Attorney General or IGP are taking liberties, either because they don’t know the law, or think the judiciary doesn’t care.

But what has risen to insanity level is juxtaposing what Ali Cham did, to the most recently released Jungler murderers.

There is no close comparison here and the judiciary must act.

It’s in such cases that the tensions between the judiciary and the executive come to play.

The rule of law or lack thereof mustn’t be applied in such arbitrary fashion.
Mathew Jallow

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