Njundu Drammeh

I wish every people in the world include a provision like this in their constitutions:

“It shall be the right of the people, individually or in concert with others, to change or overthrow a government, through every available legitimate means, if that government subjects the people to a systematic and systemic abuse and violation of their rights, usurps the sovereign power of the people and puts them under a tyranny and despotism”

Crazy, right? This recognises “people’s power”, that sovereignty resides with the people, that the ultimate power is with the people. You think our protection is in constitutionalism? Nothing oppresses like the “law”…. It is not only expenses for the poor but it is also often “bourgeois”. Whose interest does it guard? What is constitutionalism without constitutional implementation, with the structures and systems for the effective enforcement of the constitution? Haven’t you seen a semblance of constitutionalism, constitution used as aid for tyranny, constitution used to legitimise dictatorship? Haven’t you seen “the rule of law” turned to “rule by law”? Haven’t you read what is called “crowding the court” to compromise the independence of the Courts?

The ultimate power of the people should be the right to change their government, by any and every legitimate, not legal, means. See what helped America to throw off the Bristish colonist…..

“……Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes…. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Absolutism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security” American Declaration of Independence

When the rule of law becomes rule by law, what do you think the people should do? Wait for elections? Yea, the Gambia did it….. Lucky us the Supreme Court didn’t have a quorum…..

Tomorrow I will be the democrat…. This is an academic exercise.