By: Malik Kah: When the revolution dawned in Egypt all Egyptians closed ranks and forged a fraternity of camaraderie , the left, the liberals, the religious conservatives and the moderates all fought in tandem to bring to close the autocratic regime of Mubarak. After the fall of Mubarak Muhammed Morsi was supported by all the forces and he became elected as the unifying figure of the revolution, however, after his election he committed the cardinal mistake of alienating the forces that joined hands to elect him, he distanced himself from the democratic forces and unveiled a new agenda of the brotherhood, the brotherhood exhibited a certain level of stupidity, they thought they can defend themselves from the ousted forces of Mubarak by just relying on their strength thus jettisoning the revolutionary forces that helped bring them to power.
looking at the Gambian situation as it unfolds their are uncanny parallels, for the forces of unity that forged an alliance to oust dictator jammeh are now at each other’s throats thus creating a rift and rupturing the semblance of harmony that featured during the presidential elections. The situation that emerged post presidential elections have created distrust and suspicion amongst the main protagonists of the coalition.
The Barrow administration is increasingly seen as partisan rightly or wrongly, but perception can be very lethal in politics. Some constituencies that were natural allies feel isolated particularly a cross section of the those in the diaspora, the staunchest critics of the former dictator also on the ground are parties usually described as small coalition partners they played a pivotal role galvanising the local forces all these groups cannot identify with the trend of the new dispensation, thus disillusionment and a deep sense of forbidding has set in.
Yes Barrow might not suffer the same fate as Muhammed Morsi of Egypt but the political alienation as set up by the Brotherhood is creeping unnoticed and there are attendant consequences ranging from total collapse of the entire state apparatus to social upheavals, it may seem far fetched but recent clashes between some political parties underlines the potentials of societal disruption that cannot be out ruled entirely.
It would therefore be wise for the coalition government not to ignore the voices of concern, take on board all the criticisms made in good faith and reach out so as to avoid creating a divided country