The one-time most outspoken opposition politician in the Gambia, Lamin Waa Juwara (Mbarodi) has accused the Gambians in the diaspora of acting “hypocritically” by pretending to know all the problems in the country and they are the only people who can solve these problems.
“And those who are mentors outside have just been talking, they have not been acting. If they really want democracy and a vibrant opposition in this country, all these people in the diaspora who pretend to be in opposition – if they could commit themselves to pay 25 Dollars per-month – the opposition of this country would be on its foot and would have done effectively. But they just talk and don’t do anything,” Juwara said.
According to Waa Juwara, even though they had their drawbacks, squabbles and differences, the problem with the Gambian opposition is that they don’t have the resources needed to effectively run their political parties.
“There is no support externally, materially to the opposition in this country. The problem is not party A or party B – the drawback is that they don’t have the resources to function as effectively as they should.”
“And I think there is some element of hypocrisy with those in the diaspora who pretend to know all the problems in this country and they are the only people who can solve these problems. They are no commitment it is just empty talk. There is no commitment. Gambians in the diaspora in Europe in America all across the world who say they are oppose to the regime have not been effective because they have not been able to make their contributions.”
“If the Gambia is not worth for you $25 a month then I don’t think there is anything worthy. They are just like bystanders who are just clapping and they are not just part of the whole system – this is the problem of the opposition in this country.”
Souce: The Voice Newspaper
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