Mamos Media

The United Democratic Party is not surprised about the widely reported agreement
between the National People’s Party and the former ruling party, APRC (Alliance for
Patriotic Reorientation and Construction).
The UDP strongly supports the principles of freedom of association, including the
rights of political parties to forge alliances as they see fit, however, we believe that the
NPP-APRC Alliance is borne out of expediency at the expense of the Gambian
people’s aspirations for justice and reconciliation.
This Alliance demonstrates that President Barrow has no moral qualms, no
understanding or appreciation of the raison d’etre of the democratic forces coming
together to end the dictatorship of former President Jammeh. He lacks empathy for
the many victims of Yahya Jammeh’s repressive rule and the sacrifices made to usher
in a transition to democratic dispensation.
Just like the Constitutional review process and the Janneh Commission, President
Barrow has proved that he has no respect for either constitutional or legal processes
established by the Gambian people for justice, peace and reconciliation to prevail in
this country.
If the utterances of a key stakeholder in the Alliance is anything to go by, then in
blatant abuse of his powers as president of this country, the President has put himself
above the will of the Gambian people by undermining the TRRC and again showing
that he has neither interest nor respect for the outcome of the TRRC.
We caution the APRC supporters and sympathizers that this is just a gimmick by
President Barrow and his cohorts to seduce them to vote for him. He has no power
or intention to deliver on his promises. He is not a partner to be trusted. Any person
or institution that takes President Barrow’s promise or pledge does so at his/her peril.
Ordinary citizens and victims alike have been understandably flabbergasted by the
decision of President Barrow to forge an alliance before the legitimate process of the
TRRC has been completed.
President Barrow’s lack of political will to implement recommendations proffered by
the Janneh Commission, the Faraba Commission, and the Constitutional Review
Commission as well as the concerted efforts to derail the adoption of a new,
progressive constitution and to undermine the TRRC process clearly shows that he is
not fit for office.
The United Democratic Party has, since it’s inception in 1996, upheld the principles
of democracy, justice, and inclusivity in all its activities and outlook. It has consistently
made a distinction between supporters of the APRC and the regime that perpetrated
unspeakable human rights violations and economic crimes in The Gambia. This
distinction should catalyze National Reconciliation and Unification.

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