Former Majority Leader Fabakary Tombong Jatta most have forgotten so soon how his party has lost its way on illegal migration.
In the past decade, APRC and Fabakary Tombong Jatta have avoided inconvenient truths about the issue.
The government that Jatta has backed failed to create jobs for the youths and the policies he supported as Majority Leader of the House, entrenched corruption and financial mismanagement.
Jatta never took any step to stop government policies and programs that scared investors and economically isolated our country.
Suddenly, Jatta has found himself being an opposition leader and accusing the government of President Adama Barrow to allowing the deportation of Gambians from Europe and America.
Fabakary Tombong Jatta has lost the moral grounds to accuse the Barrow administration of anything, especially on deportation and illegal immigration matters.
The APRC regime had gone into shady agreements that involved financial gains in accepting Gambian deportees.
Activists challenged these deportations due to the deplorable human and civil rights violations that the Jammeh regime oversaw.
Under Barrow, Gambia is accepting deportees that have committed crimes and exhausted all their legal means to overturn their convictions or to remain in the host country.
Gambia will equally deport citizens of other nations that commit crimes and we expect them to follow international norms and accept them.
APRC policies fueled Gambia’s back way crisis and wreaked havoc economically, socially, and culturally.
Fabakary Tombong Jatta and other Jammeh cohorts are as culpable for the deaths of hundreds of Gambians youths in the Mediterranean just like the traffickers and smugglers.
Jatta’s accusations against the new government to score political goals makes a mockery of the rule of law and is disgraceful just on basic moral grounds alone.
There is no explanation for Jatta’s so-called shift. He deliberately failed to address the illegal migration and unemployment crisis while he was walking the corridors of power.
Since the defeat of the APRC party, IOM reported that the number of Gambian arrivals have significantly declined and at least 320 citizens have been repatriated.
Jatta’s boss, Yahya Jammeh refused to help repatriate any Gambians saying “they are responsible for themselves since they made the choice to leave the opportunities here and go die in the sea.”
Jatta supported Jammeh’s statement adding that the APRC regime had created many jobs and called on youths to go back to the villages to farm.
These are jobs never seen and farms, where businesses run by Jammeh, makes them financially unprofitable.
So, for Fabakary Tombong Jatta to think that he can sway youths that voted Jammeh out using migration and deportation issues is silly, very silly.
None of this means that certain people, especially those newly joining the APRC cannot talk about the issue, it is only that Fabakary Tombong Jatta and the current APRC leadership lost their moral rights to speak of this issue, should be ashamed to speak of it and should hold their peace!