People’s Movement for Democratic Gambia Legalized

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Burama Jammeh

Burama Jammeh committed to building fitting democratic institutions in the Gambia!

The People’s Movement for Democratic Gambia (TPMDG) has been added to a list of organizations trying to bring about functioning democracy in the Gambia. The non-profit organization has been incorporated in the State of Michigan, its founder has announced in a public notice.

“Our rationale for this holistic approach is based on the conviction that the problems have long outgrown the current Party Political efforts,” Burama Jammeh writes. “For a democratic Gambia will require sophisticated citizenry and a complete re-cast of governance structures and authorities from Banjul right down to the village.”

Mr. Jammeh said “it’s also self-evident that the solutions can neither be ‘outsourced’ nor can they be remote-controlled in European/American cities. We believed democratic solutions lie in our abilities to get to Banjul and engage authorities from a position of strength. That strength is in our masses while counting on the moral and financial support of the International Community.”

The group, whose mission is to create requisite human capacity capable of building a democratic institution, is working hard to finalize its vision.

For Mr. Jammeh, no government should “limit itself to democracy” because “people running government usually use some moral and/or self-satisfying justification of their actions/inaction. Functioning Democratic Institutions impose adherence to democracy. These institutions will only function if people expect and demand so.  The people will be up to such tasks if they possess the requisite capacity for democracy.”

TPMDG shall focus and devote efforts on mainstreaming democracy, human/civil rights, decentralization and good governance. The groups identified inadequate human capacity of democracy as the core problem it has analyzed. Such a problem results to condoning of deficient constitution, centralization of governance, lack of the rule of law and human rights.

Mr. Jammeh believes that these problems will go away “if we address the real problems.”

“Our ‘10-Phase Plan’ shared earlier in the month demonstrated how we intend to organize/mobilize Gambians in the diaspora, go to Banjul to engage the authorities, involving the key players both home and abroad and organize/mobilize the people. Some were naïve to think Yahya will even listen much more talk to us about reforms/overhaul. My answer is he will not today because there exists no credible challenge, hence he has no incentive doing so. We hope to be that credible challenge and/or be a party to that challenge. To craft a political solution in Gambia will require pragmatism.”

Mr. Jammeh recognized the efforts of other organizations in the same terrain. He thanked them and express willingness to “work with anyone at any time on matters that we believe will lead us to a democratic Republic of The Gambia. We therefore look forward to sharing and debating our ideas in any national fora.”

TPMDG is on the verge of submitting application for Federal Tax Exempt Status, a necessity in its ability to solicit and expense funds.

The group’s first five-year plan is estimated to cost over US $5 million dollars. “We hope to raise this from the various Democracy and Human Right Funds. To conform to tax laws and other regulatory standings we are holding the submission of our first Program Proposal until approval of our tax exemption status. Current expenses are made out of pocket as my contribution,” Mr. Jammeh said, promising to inform the public of any funding in line with reporting requirement of such funds.

“Finally we would like to plead that your nation is in need of your input. This is an enormous task bigger than our individual beings. We therefore ask your voluntarism to assume roles of responsibility. We are in immediate need for Program Developer/Manager, Finance/Accounting/Sponsorship Manager and as well Marketing/Information Systems Developer/Manager. We hope to be out meeting Gambians in their cities and countries of resident to discuss our plan and the necessary organization and mobilization.”

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