A Brief Proposition on Executive Leadership To become President.
Alagi Yorro Jallow
Fatoumatta: Our politics in the Gambia appears to be evolving, and Knowledge and maturity acquired through the experience of the meaning of politics are percolating through the maze of ignorance down through the perception of the Gambian people.
I have, for some time, deliberately refrained from commenting on the aspiration of confident political leaders who want to become President of the Republic of the Gambia, maybe because of a concern that some may misconstrue my submission and my perception that some dislike frank or straight talk. Finally, however, I have decided to unveil those thoughts despite the fears and perceptions. Why? For the desire for our country to grow into a vehicle of leadership recruitment of the highest quality possible and for my nation to benefit thereby.
For any candidate aspire to any top executive managerial leadership position, it is not enough to cite previous positions of leadership that someone has occupied. It is required to chronicle specific accomplishments in those earlier positions of responsibility. Those achievements must accord with the statutory duties of the previous offices.
Where there are no relevant achievements to point to, many years in public office constitute the best evidence of abuse of trust. Concerning the above, I would suggest that any presidential candidate’s ambition to become President.
The aspiring presidential candidates should prepare an attractive dossier on their twenty-seven years in public office, for example, since 1994 to date, to reflect those fundamental principles: For instance, in the domain of peacebuilding strategies: What are some of the strengths and successes of the presidential candidate’s bona fides records as a peacebuilder and maker?
On the areas of men building: How have they cultivated and groomed political, social, and business leaders since 1994? A clear-eyed reader of character is a desideratum for the new Gambia at this defining moment. Do they defining, because the post-Yahya Jammeh’s survival of the Gambia, to a great degree, rests on the political, social, and economical building skills of the next leader? We need to interrogate our political leaders on this score. According to Nifty Perception of Social Dynamics, the type of leader who can see the direction the people want to take and be flexible enough to sacrifice his old ways, even those that have served him well in the past, is the type of leadership that the Gambia needs. How well do our new entrants in politics relate to new ideas and frank counsel?
Our reality in the Gambia tends to tempt some people to ignore principles that work and endure. What is this reality? Money is a god in the Gambia, and deliberate impoverishment of the masses makes them wait at the gates of those who have plenty of money and are ready to give it out even in exchange for the freedoms, rights, and dignity of the receiver.
Having plenty of it gives you influence and power within a political party, your community, and your family.
However, this reality does not obviate the indispensability of the enduring principles that sustain societies. A time comes when gains in the season of forced stupor evaporate. The people, coming to their senses, find convenient revenge and recovery of their freedoms and rights.
Whoever wants to become President of the Gambia republic should note my suggestion above, even if the god of money has assured them of victory.
How different is Independent candidate Essa Mbye Faal from some other
Sosalaaso political party candidates in the Gambia? How different is NPP from UDP, for instance? To think that, while not holding political power in The Gambia, leaders must profess progressive ideas. Still, now, almost majority of the ‘Sosalasso political parties and tangal cheeb leaders’ have become intolerant of free speech; unable to do better than President Adama Barrow in reducing public sector corruption in government agencies, ministries and departments; become weak in enforcing best financial practices in shared governance; not improved on the quality of public health and education, and has done nothing to improve on the structure and management of the Gambia, all leave a bland taste of disappointment in my mouth.
Gambian politics until now has left ‘tangal cheeb politicians’ on social re-engineering of the Gambia binned! So what and when do politicians promise to fight endemic corruption and and ” Badinyaa Fassa” kind of politics that dominate kitchen table conversations that claim a progressive party?
Fatoumatta: The Gambia wants a President who must instigate a return from our backslidings, a massive departure from the land of captivity to which some ‘tangal cheeb politicians’ have deliberately sold themselves.