A disciplined force in a sovereign Republic is one whose weapons and
actions are guided by the constitution and laws of a country. Such a
force must provide security to the people and the government.Because of command and control structures of disciplined forces
instructions may often go contrary to the constitution and laws of a
country. In that case, the disciplined forces would cease to be
protectors of the people. They would be willing to shoot and kill
without regard to professional ethics or the dictates of justice.
Wherever and whenever constitutions and laws are set aside or doctored
to make power absolute impunity must become the order of the day.
Power which could guide disciplined forces towards virtue is one that
is bound by just constitutions and laws. In short, the 1997
Constitution states that,
“The Sovereignty of The Gambia resides in the people of The Gambia
from whom all organs of government derive their authority and in whose
name and for whose welfare and prosperity the powers of government are
to be exercised in accordance with this constitution.”
Hence it is clear that the disciplined forces should protect the
sovereign people and promote their general welfare. Such forces would
not partake in shoot to kill policies or disappearance without trace
practices. They would strive to act within the guards and fences of
the law knowing that security personnel who disregards the
constitution and the law becomes an armed bandit who could take life
without mercy or any regard for justice.
Africa needs sons and daughters in uniform whose heart beats pump in
unison with the heart beats of their people. Those leaders who breed
thugs and make them to take command to maime and tame populations only
breed their own kind. Impunity breeds more impunity until the state
becomes a failed state. The only road to stability is to avoid all
forms of unconstitutional behaviour and impunity. A state which
safeguards the liberty and security of persons of its citizens is the
only one which could guarantee peace, security and stability.