By Madi Ceesay
THE THIRD REPUBLIC OF THE GAMBIA: PRESIDENT’S TRANSITION GUIDANCE NOTES
These summarized Transition Guidance Notes are intended to help the President focus on the salient areas of his work as the President of the Third Republic of The Gambia. The suggested notes provide Short, Medium and Long Term work that is needed for the successful conduct of the Transition.
The piece is put up by two Gambian scholars both of the Central River Region and the two are both writers; they are Nyada Baldeh formerly of the ministry of Agriculture, environment and the UN system in Banjul and Hassan B Jallow formerly of the ministry of Justice one time minister and a judge and a prosecutor at Rwanda.
1. REVIEW OF THE 1997 CONSTITUTION
Establish a Constitution Review Commission
Hold Referendum on Draft Constitution and Finalize Recommendations
National Assembly members to adopt resolutions that will nullify clauses in the constitution that were purposely adopted to suppress the will of the Gambian people and perpetuate Jammeh’s regime.
2. PEACE AND SECURITY
Reform the Military and the Police based on New Constitution ( National Security Advisor will be very useful)
Urgently set in motion a process that will identify and neutralize Jammeh’s loyalist in the army
Restore Peace and Security (Develop and implement a Program)
Set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and implement Recommendations
Establish Relationship with Regional and International Security Systems
3. SPECIAL REVIEW OF THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Set up a Special Commission to Review Office of the President and its working processes with the aim of making it more efficient and effective.
President to practice a Public Servant Role Model attitude
Inventorize and Establish a listing of the of President’s Movable and Immovable Assets with the objective of ensuring that all such assets are known for the record pending any government pronouncement on how to deal with such assets
Practice State of the Nation Address
Implement Commission’s Recommendations
4. GOVERNMENT MACHINERY
Establish an urgent task force to review key ministries and Depts in the Govt with the aim of identifying major bottlenecks and abuses( political appointees at key positions) within the service ( include CBG and Parastatals).
Review Government Machinery and Realign with New Constitution
Select Seasoned Secretary General and Head of Civil Service
Screen civil service system and establish high Sense of Professionalism and Accountability
Restore Security of Tenure
5. GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE
Review Hiring System for the Executive based on New Constitution
Review Hiring System for the Legislature based on New Constitution
Review Hiring System for the Judiciary based on New Constitution
Reform the Governance Structure
6. PARASTATALS AND PRIVATE SECTOR
Review Parastatals System based on New Constitution