Police had no business inviting Mama Kandeh for questioning over his allegations of corruption. Politicians make such accusations all the time [with or without proof].
Those in power today, have repeatedly accused Jammeh and his official of corrupt practices without any hard evidence, whatsoever. That is politics.
But the burden of proof the public that there is no corruption in the Gambia government lies not with Mr. Kandeh but the administration of President Adama Barrow.
The police should be probing the government and not questioning Mr. Kandeh. If they were interested in getting evidence to ascertain if allegations of corruption were true, they would have gone to Kandeh and politely asked, if he could help with any material evidence, if he had any in his possession.
But to invite him to the Serious Crime Unit of the police department, and having him interrogated by detectives of the Criminal Investigation office is nothing but an act of intimidation.
Rather than seeking his cooperation to unearthed and unmask corruption, they seek to silence him. This will instead embolden Kandeh while it drags the democracy, freedom, and liberty that Gambians fought for into the drain.
Kandeh’s party has been denied a permit to hold a rally in Brikama, a decision by authorities that should sadden any Gambian.
Jammeh had used a similar tactic to silence opposition dissent, jail opponents, denied them their right assembly and forced them to be so careful of what they say to the extent that said nothing.
The police have to, therefore, explain why the Gambia Democratic Congress has been denied a permit for a political rally in Brikama.
President Adama Barrow is a good man. You can tell that from afar. I am glad he requested and got briefed on additional details on international loans and aids to the country during this week’s cabinet meeting.
We have got rid of a dictatorial regime but a system has been left behind that we must also kick out of our country. If not, the Gambia continues to be a fertile land for the regrowth of dictatorship.
Dictatorship is like weeds on a farm, if you cut the surface and do not uproot it, it will grow again. Ask Ugandans how they are faring decades after the Idi Amin era.
Gambian institutions are not independent or strong enough yet, to hold public officials accountable. For the most part, we must change our attitudes and our way of thinking that we have to please the Oga at the top to become successful.
We must put our individual goals secondary to national progress. While I do not agree many times with Mama Kandeh, I believe he is a fine gentleman and I hope as a nation, we can conduct politics with respect, and progressive thinking instead of bigotry and bitterness.
Today, I tell Mama Kandeh: stand your ground and neither be intimidated nor let your heart be troubled. Pursue your dreams and always remember that no mountain is insurmountable.