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Re: Tangara should resign

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Dear editor,

In response to the above captioned article of the 26th July,2023 it is Mr Samateh’s opinion which i highly respected for him to call for the Hon Minister’s stepping down because of his response with regard to diplomatic scandal befall to some diplomats at the Gambian Embassy in the United States.

I for one in my opinion i do not believed such a scandal warrants the Hon Minister’s resignation.

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The Hon Minister’s response does not raise any question about his qualification and sincerity towards the gambian population.

It is very true that the country’s diplomatic credibility still remains in tact and unaffected.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs like any other Ministry or institution is headed by a competent and able leader like Dr Tangara so whatever may happen within the ministry that is not in accordance with norms and values of the institution can be handled in the manner that it should be handled without affecting the operations of other institutions.

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The Gambia is not only the Ministry of Foreign Affairs so the malpractices committed by 3 staff of the Embassy cannot damage the credibility of the Gambia in the International Scene.

So many things much more serious are happening in other in other diplomatic missions all over the world including the country where he is now residing so three of the diplomatic staff  involved in such malpractices does not warrant the minister to resign. He’s very capable of running the affairs of the ministry and its entire staff.

I believed it affects the credibility of the individuals concerned more than the country’s credibility.

If we have any issue among ourselves let’s try as gambians to sort it out internally but anything involving diplomatic issues we try to defend our country and leave it with the Min of Foreign Affairs to deal with it. Tangara is known all over the world and is running the ministry in a very competent manner i believe. Not that all malpractices happening in the ministries or any other institution  for that matter would warrant the Minister or the head of the institution to resign! No. If a country is run in that manner then there would be no functional government.

Please M Samateh, give Dr Tangara the support he needed especially those of you abroad to carry out his official duties in the most professional manner.

If someone was supposed to resign then it would have been the head of the mission who was and still on the ground when such malpractices took place instead of the Hon Minister who is overseeing all the Embassies under his watch.

Saal Jobe

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