Alagi Yorro Jallow

President Adama Barrow and his government must be ready to push the boundaries of transparency and accountability, even and especially with ourselves.

We must be ready to embody and model the values that give meaning to and legitimize the important and necessary work of shining light on dark places, holding others to account.

The Office of the President does not need to hire a foreign propagandist to mislead and misinform the Gambia people from knowing the truth. They say that Joseph Goebbels was a master of propaganda. What are some good examples of his practices/tactics and some cases where he managed to deceive his audience.

“Good propaganda does not need to lie; indeed, it may not lie. It has no reason to fear the truth. It is a mistake to believe that people cannot take the truth. They can. It is only a matter of presenting the truth to people in a way that they will be able to understand.”

Therefore, as we rightly seek new beginnings for our country, we need to reinsert and reassert the public into this process of transparency and accountability by lifting the veil of secrecy from government businesses and from public officers. This I believe: all public officers should be required to be accountable and transparent.

The source and legality of the funding of the 57 vehicles donated to the National Assembly members must be a citizenship engagement, must be debated as required in a democratic set up.

All propaganda is in the business of manipulating certainty, but it can never manipulate truth. Hannah Arendt had articulated this brilliantly a decade earlier in her timely treatise on deactualization in politics: “No matter how large the tissue of falsehood that an experienced liar has to offer, it will never be large enough … to cover the immensity of factuality.”