EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Gambia For All –GFA- one of newest registered political parties in The Gambia Wednesday held its inaugural press conference at Dr. Nyambai Touray’s residence in Fajara, with its interim General Secretary and leader, Bakary Bunja Dabo emphasizing the seriousness of the party and its open door policy to welcome dialogue.
The country’s electoral commission announced last week, in a press statement that it has approved the registration of the party, making it the newest party to join Gambia’s political arena. The registration of the party came just two days after that of President Adama Barrow’s own National Peoples Party.
Mr Dabo, a one-time vice president of Gambia’s first government after colonial rule said GFA’s focus is to unite Gambians and create collaborating with all, saying they are open to dialogue that is focused on serious national development and not petty political discussion.
“We come in peace and for peace. We abhor violence in any form; verbal or physical. We come with open mind and open arms and we bear no ill-will on anyone. We will seek to promote understanding and collaboration with all,” Mr Darbo said.
Mr Darbo, who had served in several positions under Sir Dawda Jawara’s government, including minister of education, youth, sports and culture from 1987-1992, said the party stands for transparency, underpinned by the most appropriate processes for the organization and operation of politics and the state.
He also commented on the country’s political landscape, saying the focus of political discourse generally continues to be on petty partisan issues rather than the articulation of clear ideas for fostering of stable democratic governance.
“Gambia’s political discourse should focus on the articulation of clear ideas for fostering stable democratic governance with vibrant economic transformation in order to meaningfully address the challenges of unemployment, particularly among the youth,” he said.
He said in the wake of two decades of misrule, mismanagement and institutionalized corruption, Gambia was just a country not a state.
The new party has its Secretariat at Majanko House, Black 6A in Kanifing Estate. It is distinguished with a Light Blue (top three quarters) and Gold (bottom one quarter), with a Swarm of bees on wings featured at the top right-hand corner with a corn cob in the middle as symbol.
The formal registration of Gambia For All brings the total number of political parties in the country to thirteen, out of which three registered in 2019.
Story written by Binta Badjie