Former UNDP official and minister of health, Fatoumata Tambajang said she would be putting in even greater effort in her determination to help rescue The Gambia from its current situation by continuing talks for an opposition alliance to oust the country’s long time ruler, President Yahya Jammeh.
Tambajang joined active politics after resigning from President Yahya Jammeh’s cabinet to join the country’s opposition to “salvage” what is left of the peanut producing nation, where exports have declined and government debts equal to 100% of the GDP.
Tambajang is pushing for a coalition government with an agenda for job growth, sustainable government spending, building a strong economy and cementing relationships in the politically divided nation of 1.9 million people.
“The Gambia shall triumph and be free where all citizens can exercise their rights freely under the country’s law without hindrance,” she said.
President Yahya Jammeh has been sharply criticized by rights groups for suppressing dissent, arbitrary arrest and detentions, extra judicial executions and amassing wealth for personal use at the expense of tax payers since coming to power in 1994 as a young military lieutenant.
Ms Tambajang is leading a committee of mediators who are lobbying opposition parties to unite under a single presidential nominee with four months to the polls. The opposition has recently being mulling primaries to select a nominee. Previous talks since 2006 for a coalition have failed and a divided opposition has no chance of winning against President Jammeh, who is said to have consistently used fear, intimidation and repression to ridge polls.