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An open letter to the minister of tourism and culture Hamat Bah

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MINISTER OF TOURISM & CULTURE ON DISCRIMINATION IN THE GAMBIA DURING THE TOURIST SEASON
Gambians can be peaceful, patient and law abiding but “lu opah turu”. You have been making statements that are not appreciated by the youth of this country. Yet your ministry is coming with degrading measures during the 2017/2018 tourist season.
As you may be aware, your Ministry has put in place measures which are unpleasant and degrading to the local people.
People particularly blacks have been restricted from going to certain places such as the beach and Senegambia because of tourists.
It has been noted that many Gambians have been restricted from entering Senegambia from 5:00 PM to midnight. Victims have been sharing their ordeals on social media and we believe that your Ministry needs to pay attention to the outcry of those people.
How can your Ministry request for the restriction of the movement of the people because of tourists?
How can your ministry with its disappointing measures stop a local from having a meeting or dinner in Senegambia or anywhere around the country? If these measures have been copied from another country, well we should know that our beloved country is different and we should adapt anything copied somewhere else to our realities.
Why are locals required to identify themselves while white foreign nationals who may be the real danger to our society are not bothered?
How can men in uniform be given directives/orders to harass and ridicule local people particularly our brothers and sisters labeled as “Bumsters”? It is deplorable to have a Minister use such a contemptuous term. Instead “bumsterism” is at your Ministry.
How do you expect to stop illegal migration with such harsh measures?
As nationals, are we not entitled to enjoy the goods of our own country? Your Ministry needs to envision better and more vibrant tourism policies that will include the locals.
Everybody should be able to enjoy their holidays in this beautiful country without discrimination.
The tourist season will end, the tourist will leave the country but the locals will remain and will patronize the places that  are currently restricted to them .
We perfectly understand that the tourist sector is a generator of income for our economy but are we supposed to prostitute ourselves, institutions and country?
As Gambian (either in uniform or civilian), we need to bear in mind that the sequels of 22 years of tyranny and last year’s tragedy have not even begun to heal yet. The trauma is still there.
As servants of the people, your Ministry needs to always remember that without the assistance of the people, your policies may awfully fail.
Therefore, you should consider amicably cooperating with the people instead of abusing the use  of directives/orders that our brothers and sisters in uniform blindly follow because of fair to be sanctioned.
We need to be very careful with our actions as the Gambian people won’t tolerate abuses anymore.
We expect your Ministry to make The Gambia a better place for the Gambians, tourists and everybody at large. We have no other p lace but our dear country and we will do our utmost best to protect it as we previously did.
This unacceptable and unbearable approach need to immediately stop. We don’t want anybody to be discriminated in this great nation. We all want what is best for this great country of ours,The Gambia.

Together we should work in safeguarding our dignity and keeping the coast smiling.

Please accept, Hon. Minister, the assurances of our patriotic consideration.

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Bring back our Water and Electricity

Out of 24hours electricity is available just 4-5 hours a day sometimes less, water comes only 2 to 3 hours in the evening in most parts of the Greater Banjul Area, this has been going on for the past 2 weeks and we Gambian citizens are fed up and sick to our stomachs of hearing excuses and made up promises about our water and electricity situation.
Patience is virtue and the minute one looses it, hell will break loose.
Our government’s been busy spending unnecessary amount of money on travels, cars and per diems whiles the average Gambian is suffering everyday whether at home or in their businesses due to lack of electricity.
Children are crying all night, pregnant mothers the same because of the unbearable heat that succumb them yet we’re not concerned by all this as a people but to have an Ashobi for our servant, a reflection of the past regime and its partyholic behaviors.

We call on Nawec and the government of The Gambia for the second time in 2 months to immediately look into the Nawec situation and stop the blame game despite being granted a huge amount of money and signing a cooperation with Senegalese counterpart.
We are citizens of this country and deserve our basic rights.

#BringBackOurWaterAndElectricity
#PowerOfFreedom

Gambie: la société civile demande à la Cédéao de faire pression sur Yahya Jammeh

A sept mois de l’élection présidentielle en Gambie, et à 48 heures du sommet de la Cédéao, la société civile gambienne est réunie en ce moment et pour deux jours à Dakar. L’objectif : tenter de convaincre les pays membres de l’institution ouest-africaine de faire pression sur Yahya Jammeh pour que la répression des opposants s’arrête, pour que l’élection à venir soit démocratique.

« On vit une vie d’esclavage. » Fatoumata Tambajang n’a peur de rien. Après 20 ans aux Nations unies, un temps ministre de la Santé, cette femme engagée vit en Gambie. « Un président qui parle comme ça, tous les gens qui sont contre lui, il va les enterrer. Tout ça, ce sont des éléments de dictature. Mais maintenant on en a marre. La population s’éveille. »

Amnesty international vient de publier son dernier rapport sur la situation en Gambie.
Pour Stephen Cockburn, directeur régional adjoint pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest, la pression internationale doit être plus forte sur Yahya Jammeh en vue de l’élection présidentielle.

« Evidemment on veut que les autorités gambiennes prennent des mesures pour changer les lois répressives, commente Stephen Cockburn. Mais s’ils ne le font pas, nous voulons demander que les partenaires internationaux mais aussi les partenaires dans la sous-région prennent des mesures, qui peuvent inclure la suspension de la Gambie de la Cédéao. »

Si certains appellent à une élection transparente, à une confrontation politique libre entre le pouvoir et l’opposition, d’autres comme le rappeur militant Retsam, estime que Yahya Jammeh doit quitter le pouvoir. « 21 ans d’oppression, et il n’y a pas à manger pour les jeunes qui ont du talent et de la créativité. Il doit partir. »

Pour faire entendre leurs revendications, les militants de la société civile gambienne veulent organiser une manifestation ce samedi 4 mai dans la capitale sénégalaise à l’occasion du sommet de la Communauté économique des États de l’Afrique de l’Ouest.

Source: http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20160601-gambie-societe-civile-appel-pression-cedeao