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Friday, October 15, 2021

Letters to the Editor

You must be out of your mind

 Dear editor,

Funny how UDPians bask on owlish political fouls to market their party. Imagine the 20 first class ambulance procured by UNOPS for Gambia Government under the stewardship of development-oriented Barrow is been sosolaso as an embarrassment. That really explains their comprehension of how a state is governed. Probably in the yellow minds all projects and programs should be personally financed by the president. Oafish.

There is not a single government in the whole world that does everything for her people without stakeholders and partners in development. UNOPS is one development partner of the Gambia Government led by Barrow. Certainly, if Barrow’s leadership is able to secure such a crucial addition to relieve mobility for our health care services, shouldn’t supporters of the government not celebrate it?

Yes, NPP will jubilate the ambulance because they were secured by the dynamic and development-oriented leader. It hurts you? Tell your party leaders to go and negotiate projects with their donor partners for Gambians instead of reducing yourselves to crybabies and peddling garbage anytime President Barrow registered milestone achievement.

What has UDP for 22 years can tell Gambians we initiated or sponsored this project. At least GDC is known for the numerous boreholes they sponsored. PDOIS has Nyakoi and Sidia Katya sponsors his constituency development projects. Barrow didn’t do the projects, your government did it they will insinuate. True. But who is heading the government? Stop fooling yourself by brandishing your ignorance of government nitty gritty.

Sulayman Jeng

UK

ECOMIG mission

Dear editor,

In response to the Senegalese Ambassador to The Gambia, I’m one of those who would like to see the withdrawal of ECOMIG forces from The Gambia because, in my view, their 5-year presence is acting as a disincentive for a much-needed comprehensive reforms of the sector to take place.

After successive requests by the Host Country for extension of the ECOMIG Mission, what was supposed to be a 3 – 6 months deployment has turned to a 5-year stay – a classic definition of “mission creep.” While we appreciate and welcome the presence of ECOMIG forces – past and current contingents – we cannot continue to encourage extensions of the Mission ad-infinitum.

Projecting such a security posture over a 5-year period as if The Gambia is in either a conflict or post-conflict governance environment sends a wrong message to our development partners, as well as the external markets.

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