By Dawda Baldeh
Lawyer Ousainou Darboe the leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) said in a UDP government, the ECOWAS forces will serve a different purpose and priority will be given to The Gambian securities.
Darboe made this statement at a press briefing on Tuesday 1, June 2021 at his residence in kairaba Avenue.
“Gambian forces will be guarding me and if they feel they want to kill me, let them kill me but the ECOMIC soldiers will not be my bodyguards,” Lawyer Ousainou Darboe said.
Darboe said, the state of affairs that people are living now cannot be allowed to continue. “The security personals could have done better if they were given the right equipment to do their job,” Darboe said.
He added that most of our men and women in uniforms don’t have proper communication facilities that will ease the burden on them when exercising their duties.
UDP leader said, the security forces are willing to do the job but they are handicap, he noted. “Most of the police stations in the country do not have motorcycles, and not to talk of vehicles that will facilitate their movements.
The former Gambian Vice President said, many officials from our security institutions are retiring because they are not motivated. “A UDP government will motivate the police and will boast their capacities,” lawyer Ousainou Darboe said.
He further said, measures need to be taken to address crime rates in the country. He said people have been witnessing domestic violence like, burglary, robbery, thief, alleged killings among other violence in our communities.
“A UDP government will ensure continues training for all the security forces in the country,” Darboe said. “We will encourage our partners from other countries to come and train our security officers.”
He alleged that the country is not making any meaningful plans for those who are deported from Europe and now when such people come back most of them find themselves engage in crimes like drug abuse…
Darboe added that issues of crime and drug abuse need to be addressed seriously and concrete measures need to be taken. “In other for us a country to stop our youth from embarking on the back way journey, we need to keep them engage in meaningful work,” Ousainou Darboe said.
He said it is not possible to eliminate crimes completely, but strong measures need to be put in place. He stated that if the police are given the right mobility and equipment, they can keep the country safe and secured.
The UDP Presidential candidate further urge the youth not to take the law into their hands and called them to use judicial means to express their views and encourage them to respect the laws of the country.
He concluded that the police will enjoy all that they deserve and other institutions will be jealous of the police because they will be well equipped and motivated.