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Sedat Jobe, Ousainou Darboe, Halifa, Hamat, Mai Fatty, or Micky Mouse…



By Gambiano

Micky Mouse is added to insert humor. Jammeh’s actions roast hearts with indignation. People’s anger is justified, frankly! We seem to lament more than adopt serious solutions. Please consider these vignettes before the article continues:


NEWS: “Another Gambian Journalist Arrested, Missing, or Detained.”

REACTIONARIES: “Jammeh is a Murderer, Dictator, Criminal, Heartless Butcher!”

COMMON SENSE: “Calling him names ain’t gonna solve anything!”

Please note how often the clause, phrase or their similitude in the middle sentence are uttered each time Jammeh does his Jammeh-ness. Too much, right? Check this other one out:


NEWS: “Jammeh Fires Another Top Official…”

REACTIONARIES: “Jammeh is a Dictator, Power behemoth!” Blah! Blah! Blah!

COMMON SENSE:  “That still ain’t gonna solve anything, people!”

Those Gambians with bigger lens and finer pixels will, of course, make sense out of these. Those who merely want to be seen or heard would only lament together with Amnesty International and other rights groups. And how often do they successfully goad Jammeh to acquiescence? Or how about this one?

NEWS: “Zeinab Leaves for U.S with planeloads of Cash Again!”

REACTIONARIES: “Jammeh is Corrupt, Zeinab is a Gold-Digger!”

COMMON SENSE:  “You still don’t get it, right? How has this name-calling helped you since 1994?”


If these sketches above sound too rocket-scientific to any Gambian, s/he stands far from successfully replacing Jammeh and fixing Gambia. Brothers and sisters, we have in our midst a clash of aspirations, a yard sale of our nation’s morrow, and an audition of leadership characters. Has the real successor for Jammeh Spoken yet?



This article is neither flippant, nor cynical to the names above. Those who understand what helped Obama’s first victory will easily understand that Sedat Jobe has, perhaps, a thick edge over many a contender. And has he expressed interest in running for president yet? Please help with the answer! Otherwise, Sedat’s humility is worthy of note. Until recently, he remained aloof after a quaking resignation. He resisted a temptation to start a political party which could have been very strategic. Yet, he could be heard on air asking Gambia to rally behind someone else—not him.



At least he never fled to charge at Jammeh from overseas. Let’s give him credit for that, please. And those who say UDP should call supporters to protest in the streets against Jammeh, here’s one question for you—Will you go to Gambia and start that yourself instead of blaming Darboe for inertia or ineptitude? Look, Brothers and Sisters, how can you sit in England, United States, or God-knows-where and rant at an old man for not starting a protest when you, with all the energy of youth, are far abler? This is just like asking someone, “Hey, let’s grab a gaboon viper. But I’ll grab the tail while you grab the head!” Sounds humbug, doesn’t it?



PDOIS has been around before the fingers that type this piece were able to scribble the alphabet properly. They must be respected for being the old kid on the block. And granted, they always offer the best of manifestos. But here’s perhaps what’s been haunting this wonderful group: If you sketch a jigsaw puzzle of a horse to one who’s never seen a horse and ask him to connect the pieces, chances are that he’ll disengage from the farrago—and probably with a fed-up face. Gambia’s kind of politics rudely alienates PDOIS who never cooks too much ‘Benechin’ for pomp and fanfare.

Halifa or Sidia would both make a very good president. But they speak a political language too mathematical for the prototypical and voter Gambian. And they won’t stoop down to that ‘Benechin’ cooking and drumming politics. Instead, they bring forth intelligent ideas silhouetted on complex canvas for people too hungry to think, too preoccupied with sending a son abroad to change the family’s life, and too unequipped for the ergonomics of an economic revolution.



Shrewd and suspicious, he still bears traces of a businessman than a presidential character. Not every kind of leadership is presidential. Hamat, though, has to be credited for his own civilization—one that seasons him enough to detach from angry politics. Like PDOIS, he scarcely doles out cash for vainglory. And isn’t cash the fulcrum for modern politics? Granted or not, cash overrides even the incumbency factor. Hamat is less ambitious of a space at Quadrangle, less connected to any wont intransigent, and faintly bruised by a political past. Still, he is seldom explicitly bellicose.


Here comes a typical spontaneity of himself—a man of incomplete questions for complete answers. His kind of poise could be somewhat damp for a thorough recognition by Gambia’s electorate mass. Perhaps lost in his own method, Mai seems to commute between decision and indecision. Unless with enough money, Gambia’s political music isn’t ready for a man whose limited recognition marries his national absence. With the online media, he has to stop being too theatrical—with counterparts, too quixotic, and with articulation, too vague.



Anyone looking for a fifteen-minute attention by announcing a presidential bid may be nothing but a Mickey Mouse!



What do we do now? Plan! And plan well! This doesn’t signify none of these men is apt for the Banjul orb. There seems to be much agitation for Jammeh’s departure. There needs to be a concert of energy with a centripetal source of planning. The real successor of Jammeh, perhaps is still silent. Can you imagine how silly it is to discuss schemes against Jammeh on air? That’s called poor planning! And the saying goes, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.”




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