“The dictatorship state persists in the Gambia because we have failed or neglected to make laws against dictatorship and we have not written into the books of law the change we are loudly proclaiming. The new Gambia needs new laws.”
So, declared Almami Fanding Taal a legal mind and spokesman of the United Democratic Party (UDP) in a masterpiece analysis entitled: “Why is the Jammeh Dictatorship State Still Persisting in the New Gambia?” carried in this very edition.
“The 1997 Constitution must be amended to reflect the changed circumstances of the Gambia. The people have banished the dictator now it is time to exorcise the ghost of dictatorship deeply embedded in the innocuous sounding texts of the 1997 Constitution,” Mr Taal, a Law Lecturer at the University of the Gambia argued.
“A government based on the principle of separation of powers is necessary for the citizens to enjoy their basic rights concurrently and continuously. Central to the idea of a representative republican government is the people making the laws governing them through their elected representatives.”
According to him, a cursory look at the laws of the Gambia will show that there are significant lacunae, gaps, anachronisms and outright contradictions between the laws and citizens ideals of a free democratic society.
“In this respect the Law Reform Commission must be revitalized with a full time CEO to undertake a comprehensive review of all laws of the Gambia and decide of their fitness for purpose for the present circumstances.”
“This final recommendation is made because I believe it will be relatively inexpensive to implement and less attention grabbing. And needless to say, it will have universal support from a cross section of society and development partners,” Mr. Taal observed.
For more, see Taal’s masterpiece of analysis in our inside pages.