The APRC and PPP have both celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the
Declaration of Independence. The APRC controls state power and could
mobilise tens of thousands of people to its ceremonies. The PPP has lost state power and could only mobilise less than 400 people to
attend its celebration. When PPP held state power it could also pull
thousands to the stadium. If APRC existed as an opposition Party it
may have been able to pull only a crowd of 400.
It is therefore important for all Gambians to take a fresh look at the
50th Anniversary as a historical event which requires study and
analysis in order to draw lessons for the future. Scholars should take
the debate from the political platform and organise symposia to
properly interrogate the past for posterity.
The old political landscape makes ruling parties dominant in every
respect because of the lack of political awareness of the citizenry.
The changing political landscape calls for the raising of the
awareness of the people so that they could think critical and make
informed choice despite the power of the state. Power is borrowed by
leaders from the people. Hence its retention is not permanent.
The past is gone. The present will become the past. And the future
will come. This is inevitable. We must therefore prepare for the Third
Republic. We must learn from the past to shape the future and not live