Following a tense two-month political impasse in the country, the young people have demanded the resignation of the National Assembly Members, who they said played a significant role in the aggravation of the situation.
In a three-point demand read on behalf of the young people by Khaddijatou Jallow, said: “The gravity of threats caused by the National Assembly’s enactment of the SoE on lives and reputation of the Assembly is inexcusable. The action was a misrepresentation of the common interest and values of truthfulness and service to people.
“Sequel to these circumstances, young people of the Gambia are demanding the National Assembly to publicly apologise to Gambian people for their role in aggravating the political impasse, Reverse the state of emergency resolution and the extension of the term of the National Assembly and further repeal all unfavorable laws enacted, restricting rights of citizens and Resignation of the National Assembly members for failing in their responsibilities to protect our rights and represent our interest.
“We seek for immediate implementation of these demands as stipulated above and failure to act will lead to further actions by Gambian young people,” they demanded.
They described the action of the lawmakers as “not only a betrayal of the trust and confidence Gambians have in the National Assembly but also manifested your perennial failure to represent the voice, will and interest of the Gambian electorates.”
Speaking earlier, Lamin Darboe, the executive director of NYC, added: “When people have concern especially regarding decisions of the duty bearers they have the opportunity to speak out and make their demands on top to the duty bearers so that their right can be protected, voices heard and ensure that the democratization process that we all envisage can be entrenched.
“The Gambia National Youth Council stands and glad to associate ourselves with such a movement that the concern of the young people to be addressed. We know we are not today but we are the future and we are definitely the people who should shape our country.
“The democratization process cannot be complete in the absence of the young people. I encourage all the young people to take the front seat in our development process and equally take responsibility for the development of this country.” he said.
Source: Standard Newspaper