Halifa Sallah: “The nation is still a divided nation”

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Halifa Sallah, leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS), has said that The Gambia is far from achieving targets in ensuring unity and progress.

Speaking at a press briefing at his office in Churchill’s Town on Wednesday, he said even though the leadership of the country has changed, there are lots more to be decided.

Mr. Sallah, who is elected National Assembly member for Serrekunda Central, said people must change for the aspired changes to be realized.

He recollected that the agenda of forming the coalition government was to effect change of government and elect parliament that would review existing laws and make laws, which the government would implement presidential term limits, among others.

“Our priority is building new foundation for The Gambia to ensure good governance, respect for human rights.  However, we have not yet escape crisis.  We have not yet escape the past dilemmas considering the way things are moving.

“The instruments for parliament are Standing Orders that should be built to ensure transparency and accountability.  There need to be a legal person to help build the legal instruments. We need to educate members of parliament on the laws to enable them to sensitize the people.  There is need to build trust among members to avoid partisan interest to supersedes national interests.”

“The majority in parliament is the UDP and they using partisan politics.  It wouldn’t make difference with the APRC government if they decide to be praise-singers only. We need to move from self-perpetuated government to building Gambia for Gambians. What we want is all Gambians to be winners.

“Our hope is that the new beginning will lead to us to the Third Republic.  However what we had was partisan campaigns as the president went for campaign and some parties were using his image during the campaigns.

“The nation is still a divided nation.”

Hon. Sallah, who was the coordinator of the coalition, explained that even though UDP dominates in parliament that does not mean they carry weight more than the rest of the parties in parliament as they do not form 2/3rd majority which is needed for impeachment of president.

According to Sallah, considering the percentages at constituency levels, UDP might win the seats, but that does not mean they dominate results of all parties in a particular constituency.

“It is said that Gambia has decided, but Gambia has not decided because there are still partisan politics.  We are demanding for equality, unity and work for a common good of the nation. As long as that is not achieved we have not yet decided,” he said.

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