By Kumba Leigh
Stakeholders ascertain that young people should learn and emulate from Former President Sir Dawda Jawara’s democratic, self-esteem, humility, discipline, and educated behaviour to enhance socialism in the society.
Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara, GCMG (16 May 1924 – 27 August 2019) was a Gambian politician who served as Prime Minister from 1962 to 1970, and then as the first President of the Gambia from 1970 to 1994.
Jawara was born in Barajally, MacCarthy Island Division, the son of Mamma Fatty and Almami Jawara. He was educated at the Methodist Boys’ School in Bathurstand then attended Achimota College in Ghana.
He trained as a veterinary surgeonat the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine and then completed his training at the University of Liverpool. He returned to The Gambia in 1953 and married Augusta Mahoney, beginning work as a veterinary officer. He decided to enter politics and became secretary of the new People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and was elected to the House of Representatives in the 1960 election.
He became the leader of the PPP and then the country’s first Prime Minister in 1962, only the second ever head of government following Pierre Sarr N’Jie’s term as Chief Minister.
Under Jawara, The Gambia gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1965. He remained as Prime Minister and Elizabeth II remained as head of state as Queen of the Gambia. In 1970, The Gambia became a republic, with no monarchy, and Jawara was elected as its first President. The greatest challenge to Jawara’s power came in 1981 when an attempted coup d’état took place and soldiers from neighbouring Senegal were forced to intervene, with 400 to 800 deaths reported by the end of the coup attempt. Following the coup attempt, Jawara and Senegalese President Abdou Diouf announced the creation of the Senegambia Confederation, but it collapsed in 1989.
Jawara continued to rule until 1994 when a coup d’état led by Yahya Jammehseized power. Following this, he went into exile, but returned in 2002, and lived in retirement in The Gambia until his death in August 27 2019.
When ask who Sir Dawda is?
Madam Fatou Kinneh Jagne Psychology Lecture UTG alluded that the demise of Ex-President Sir Dawda Jawara is a great lost and there is the need for young people to learn about him and his achievements. She encourages young people to focus on his achievements; saying this will help shape the history and the political outcomes of the Gambia.
She said people should vehemently and academically anticipate to remembering him in their prayers and history telling for the fact that he has achieved a lot for The Gambia through working very hard to serve its community. She noted that sir Dawda is proactive in his old age to enhancing development in the country adding young should emulate to being diplomatic, respectful, discipline, listen to each other and be tactful in what they do because is in that one can achieve the desire goal.
She cited that Dr Sir Dawda was very much in torch with other great people like Kruma , Njerere and others all through respect and diplomacy to ensure that they led Africa quietly and precisely to date saying people should focus in the positive instead of the negative because that rapidly enhances development.
Musa Barrow Journalism Trainer Media Academic for Journalism and Communication said Sir Dawda was among the people who contributed to liberate the Gambia, he laid the foundation for democracy and rule of law in the country. He added that despite he was young when his presidency came to an end in 1994, but he is able to know that it is important for people especially the young people to emulate from his successes including education and be tolerance.
‘Sir Dawda is a democratic leader who is able to make The Gambia financially stable and because initially the value of the dalasi was huge compare to dollar until he was out of power’ says Sang Mendy Managing Director Majac.
For her part, Aminata Sanneh Secretary General Women Journalists Association also share her inspirations of Sir Dawda Jawara saying he was an inspirational figure for many for the fact that he strides so hard for the betterment of its country.
She said he has contributed immensely to the development of the country and ensure the stability of peace with no segregation and tribalism.
Modou Sinyan Majac Student also expressed similar sentiments adding Jawara was in promotion of pan-Africanism which is among the characters of a good leader.