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Published On: Mon, Jan 29th, 2024

Darboe Urges gov’t to end ‘hostilities’ with UDP-led councils

Ousainou Darboe, the leader of the main opposition United Democratic Party has urged the government to end all “hostilities” directed at UDP-led councils and work with them for the interest of the people and the country.

Addressing the crowd at the victory celebration of the West Coast Region chairman and councilors on Saturday, Ousainou Darboe the party leader and secretary General of the United Democratic Party (UDP) said local government and central government are partners that should work together because decentralization is the government’s policy.

The UDP Leader highlighted that there must be decentralization of power at the local level, as he urged UDP-led councils to concentrate on their mission and advise them not be distracted in any way.

“I want to urge the central government to understand that these councils that are headed by UDP-elected chairmen or mayors are not complicit or enemies of the government, and they must see them as development partners and work with them for the development of the Gambia, and this is how you give credibility to your call for decentralization. You cannot usurp the functions of the local government authorities just because you believe you can do so with impunity or without any consequences,” Mr Darboe said.

Mr Darboe indicated that the government has no legal authority regarding their decision to seize a vehicle belonging to the Brikama Area Council which was taken from its CEO following his suspension for alleged corruption and misappropriation of funds.

However, the UDP Leader said that he challenged the Attorney General and Inspector General of Police to show them the authority that says that anybody can come and pick up the property of any council, whether it is Kuntaur, Basse, or Kanifing Municipal councils, adding that, these are their properties in which they themselves invested in.

“In fact, what has been done is an act of trespass to provoke us, but we will not be provoked. Instead, we will expose your ignorance and unwillingness to work with the local government authorities,” he said.

The opposition leader encouraged Chairman Yankuba Darboe and all UDP regional chairpersons and mayors to work with the law without fear or favor urging UDP supporters to contribute to the running of the party to avoid begging for support from outside or being obligated to anyone when they are in power as he challenged the Brikama Area Council chairman and his councilors to work in the interest of the people of the West Coast Region.

Talking on the importance of the youth, he mentioned that the future of the country is in the hands of the young people, as he indicated that he is not just referring to the youth wing of the UDP butall the young people of this country.

“It is your responsibility to ensure that we lift this country to a higher height. Like the saying goes, tell me what type of youth and woman you have, and I will tell you what type of country you will create. You (young people) are the ones who should show people what type of country The Gambia will be or what will come off its current direction.” Mr Darboe said.

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