GOVERNING BY EXECUTIVE ORDERS IS INSTITUTIONALISATION OF IMPUNTITY

BANNING GAMBLING AFTER ALLOWING INVESTMENTS AND LEVYING TAXES

It is a state which establishes laws which determine what is lawful
and unlawful business . The Gambia Government has established TheGambia Tourism Board. Tourism related businesses are reported to be
threatened by a “steep decline in arrival numbers “and” “low hotel
bookings.”
The President has recently told Parliament that his Government will
pay great attention to the tourism product and would encourage more
investment.
The Board has issued licences to many Gaming businesses and a number
of them have even paid their taxes to GRA. In short, they are legally
established businesses.
The executive had the duty to assign the Attorney General and the
Minister of Tourism and Culture to engage the Tourism Board and the
stakeholders on government’s intention to enact a law to ban gaming
and encourage the stakeholders to divest from the sector and invest in
another area with the full assistance of government to prevent any
financial loss.
This is how a democratic government would behave. A government which
is prone to impunity would give orders for businesses to close
overnight which may lead to the collapse of businesses with huge job
and financial losses. Such executive orders are unreasonable and
unjustifiable and do not serve the national interest. They should be
revoked and substituted with dialogue to prevent financial losses to
investors and job losses to the people. Moral arguments do not fill
empty stomachs. They should be backed by material benefits.