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President Barrow tasked to appoint competent cabinet, prioritize one term limit, reduce rent, others

Mamos Media

By Adama Tine

President Adama Barrow has been tasked by multiple Gambians to appoint competent people into his new cabinet, instead of appointing sycophants who could be there for their selfish interests and also prioritize introducing the two term limit before the end of his second term but also critically address the high cost of house rent.

 In an interview with Buba Sowe, a pharmacist, he said: “President Barrow should understand that people have given him a mandate and the mandate is not just for its sake but a mandate to ensure that there is development in this country and to ensure that there are fundamental and constitutional rights in this country.”

He added that The Gambia has been underdeveloped for over 50 years due to overstaying of both former presidents. “President Barrow should avoid swaying into their footsteps in order to be first most admired Gambian president in history for respecting the constitution of the country.”

 Mr. Sowe further said that: “on December 7th 2021, Barrow announced that the government under his leadership would introduce the two term limit before the end of his second term which I find very noble. I will urge him to respect his pronouncement to the highest level because him doing so will earn him more respect and dignity not only from Gambians but even the outside world.”

According to him, every genuine Gambian who has the country at heart will advice Barrow not to overstay in office as overstaying in power will only bring instability, unnecessary coups and conflicts.

 “In my opinion, President Barrow should wave goodbye to politics by the end of 2026 and live as a private citizen in the country if he wants to earn respect and love from Gambia, Africa and the world at large.”

Amadou Sillah, a taxi driver urged President Barrow to fight tribalism and fulfill his campaign promises, but most especially to help deal with the high cost of house rent. “Many people cannot afford to pay rent in this country now.”

“Barrow should put up severe measures that would address the case because landlords use agents to do whatever they like which is affecting Gambian people,” he queried.

Isatou Jarra, a cosmetic shop owner said President Barrow should critically look into the high cost of basic food commodities as they are no longer affordable to ordinary Gambians.

According to her, the scarcity of bread these days needs immediate solution, adding that sellers of flour and agents of bakeries should be engaged to address the issue.

“For the past few days, most of the shopkeepers are selling a loaf of bread at D10 which is expensive for many people.”

As part of his primary plans, she added, Barrow should institute a system that would control affairs of basic food commodities such as the cost of rice which was costing D1250 but now D1350; a cup of sugar that was costing D10 now jumped to D12 as well as the cost of vegetable oil and others.

Nyima Touray, a vegetable vendor, called on Barrow to help address the high price of commodities as he has been re-elected into office.

Fatou Manneh, for her part said: “now that we have made Barrow assume power as President again, I urge him to take matters of women with serious concern and better our living conditions.”

She further posited that: “whatever I earn here at the market on daily basis, I spend it to feed my family. A bag of rice is very expensive and the high cost of house rent is another problem. We want our children to go very far in their education and therefore I task him to look into the tuition fees both at the College and University.”

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