Alagi Yorro Jallow

(JollofNews) – Italian writer, politician and political theorist Antonio Gramsci (1891 – 1937) once wrote: The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a wide variety of morbid symptoms appear.

This is where our country, the Gambia, currently finds itself. The old order where a handful of rich families lord it over the poor masses is dying. The old order of a society built on the quicksand of tribalism, corruption and impunity, is dying and not yet buried. The old order, where thieves in suits and Kaftans walk the corridors of power pretending to be captains of industry, is yet to be buried.

But the new cannot yet be born. The new beloved community built on a foundation of justice and brotherly love. The new order governed by the rule of law, where nobody is above the law. The new country where we uphold the inherent dignity of each citizen.

That new order cannot yet be born because of the morbid fear of those who temporarily wield power. They sense that power slipping away and they are terrified for they know what they did to attain it and they sense that the hour of reckoning is at hand. They are scared because they cannot survive in a world of fair competition because they have never had to. And they are anxious that their children may not have a place in the new Gambia that we are building. And so they stand stubbornly in the way of the train of change, knowing that it will crash them but unable to get out of its way.

But we welcome them, these anxious, terrified, countrymen and women of ours. We reassure them that the Gambia belongs to all who live in it. There is space for all of us. We all have a contribution to make.

Where crimes have been committed, they must be accounted for. But we also understand that you are not the real enemy. At a certain fundamental level, we understand that you too are victims of a system that was designed to keep us all in bondage, and which you have served for far too long without questioning.

We are here to liberate you as well so that together we may join hands and expand the bounds of freedom and may each contribute our time, talent and treasure in turning our homeland of the Gambia into a heritage of splendor and in standing firm to defend it.

So, have courage my brothers and sisters, to let go of the old so that the new can finally be born.