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Open letter to Ousainou Darboe, vice president of The Gambia


It gives me great pleasure to extend my warmest congratulations to you on your promotion as the Vice President of the Republic of The Gambia I trust that you will continue to work for the improvement of our great nation.

As you take office The Gambian people especially the youth are looking to you for a new approach to our nation’s economic development. They are no longer interested in repeating the mistakes of Jammeh’s Administration as revealed by the ongoing Janneh Commission. They are deeply interested in what you are going to do in order to make The Gambia great.

We know that as Vice President, you must walk a tightrope of loyalty. We know that your boss, President Adama Barrow, has promised to bring back jobs to the Gambian Youth. Unfortunately, the sad truth is that the said jobs are not yet seen. We believe that the time has come for you and your team in particular, to take urgent and pivotal steps to respond to the recent unemployment rate faced by the youth.

Furthermore, the sovereign Citizens don’t feel safe at all. I remember the president promised us of tightened security. Barely a month on, all I hear is one kind of killing or the other. Not a single day passes without news of somebody being murdered, killed or raped. It is a common thing now to have armed robbers break into your home and robbed you. Our homes are supposed to be our safe heavens but we are more scared sleeping in them. The lives of our loved ones always placed at the mercies of these uncivilized and merciless robbers and rapists.

Mr. Vice President, you see I get more scared because these robbers now are bold enough to attack during the day. I remember fondly the robbery of the Brikama Jah Oil station some months ago. They are just not afraid of anybody. If we keep being murdered, we will remember you as a Vice President who didn’t prevent the killings of our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends and relatives.

I submit to you that electricity is very vital in our daily lives, the patients who are getting their treatment in various hospitals also face many difficulties as per NAWEC’s inability to supply uninterrupted electricity and water supply to the populace. The patients operations are not happening on time as the electricity is moving on and off.

Prevention and eradication of corruption is an absolute requirement for better public life. This disease called corruption takes an interesting turn in such a way that everyone becomes corrupt in some other sort if situation permits.

Saidina Alieu Jarjou
Political Activist

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