I am deeply persuaded that some of our leaders, public policy influencers, so-called celebrities, political commentators, and the usual political bloggers suffer from some form of paranoia and or delusional disorder. A delusion is an odd belief that a person firmly insists is true despite evidence that it is not, just like that former Foreign Minister of the Yahya Jammeh government, who would instead protest at Yahya Jammeh’s human rights violations instead of filing a communication to the ICC Prosecutor amid the “struggle” before the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague.
Paranoia involves intense anxious or fearful feelings and thoughts related to psychotic disorders, mental disorders, persecution, threat, or conspiracy. Paranoia can become delusions when irrational thoughts and beliefs become so fixed that nothing (including contrary evidence) can convince people that what they think or feel is not valid. Because only thoughts are impacted, a person with delusional disorder can usually work and function in everyday life.
According to Mental Health America – symptoms of paranoia and delusional disorders include intense and irrational mistrust or suspicion, which can bring on a sense of fear, anger, and betrayal. Some identifiable beliefs and behaviors of individuals with symptoms of paranoia include mistrust, hypervigilance, difficulty with forgiveness, defensive attitude in response to imagined criticism, preoccupation with hidden motives, fear of being deceived or taken advantage of, inability to relax, or are argumentative.
Fatoumatta: It is common sense that this government of Adama Barrow needs severe reform and that institutional and public policy reforms can only be concluded through a legal process, preceded by political negotiation by all stakeholders.
This irrational suspicion among our so-called political activists and Facebook analysts, and test tube legal carpenters means that they cannot sit down and discuss the future of the legacy of former President Yahya Jammeh without critical thinking and rational thinking as a process to determine the way forward through due process. How can a gang of selfish people want to undermine the Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparation Commission(TRRC) without its report and recommendation submitted to the President? These so-called activists are responsible for confusing and misleading the Gambian people about the structure and character and the spirit of retroactive justice and retributive justice mechanisms in transitional justice in a post-dictatorship context.
Let not use the transitional justice a political ghost of witch-hunting, high-tech-lynching, and dehumanizing people without due process of the law, for example, in Zambia, and this was what happened to former President Kenneth Kaunda’s power handover was a big lesson on democracy for Africa when he conceded defeat in an election and handed over the presidency to Frederick Chiluba in 1991. Kaunda was a president who was very modest to the point that by the time he relinquished the presidency, he did not own a house.
When Chiluba took over, he gave Kaunda a hard time, going to the extent of imprisoning him for treason. Mzee Kaunda went on a hunger strike while in jail, which only ended when Mwalimu Nyerere visited him. Dr. Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, the third president of Zambia, returned KK to the status of Father of the Nation, giving him all his dues as a retired president, which he continued to receive until his death.
Fatoumatta: Some so-called activists and Facebook analysts “San diploma” masquerading as patriots and Democrats believe that it is only through manufacturing consent and manipulation of systematic bias and manipulation of the public mind drive to destroy part of the good of Jammeh’s legacy with plans to erase the positive of Jammeh’s achievements making it impossible for Adama Barrow to unite the country. The so-called political activists have an intense defensive attitude.
Their leaders are preoccupied with hidden motives, including an imaginary “coup.” with the help of opportunistic social media activists. It is common knowledge that Gambians want some reforms effected on our electoral and governance infrastructure. Irrational mistrust is preventing this from happening.
Fatoumatta: Mass paranoia and delusion are tearing our country apart by the Gambia’s pseudo-intellectuals and tribal bigots. There is paranoia spread by hate mongers who want political capital and cheap popularity and given meaning by political bloggers and ordinary Gambians amplifying it in online groups. The moral grandstanding political and social activism and Gambian political issues are also delusional and must end. The individual noisemakers are beyond delusional, and we need not discuss them here. We have already lost lives. It is only in societies where madness reign that leaders become complacent with the deaths of ordinary citizens.