To reconnect the wider Gambian populace with their democratically elected political masters, the president and ministers of the state should be elected members of the National Assembly. The American style of democracy is unworkable in that the president more often than not relies on executive powers/orders to run the affairs of the state rather than a cabinet style democracy where parliament is sovereign and parliamentary participation and consent in the democratic process of running the state is held paramount. In a new Gambia, the president and his cabinet should be elected members of the National Assembly.
The opposition to a parliamentary democratic style of governance is coming mostly from deluded Gambians who wants to exercise authority over the people without their consent or direct accountability in elections.
I simply say to those Gambians who claim to be educated and wish to exercise authority over the people without their consent to go and work for themselves and let those who want to exercise authority over the people be given consent and authority to do so.
I don’t want to live in a country where a nobody from nowhere exercises authority over me without my consent or the ability to pass judgment on him in elections. An elitist approach to governing the people is an affront to participatory democracy and amounts to holding the ordinary citizens in contempt. We pay your salaries and we want you to be directly accountable to us.
Real democracy is when a majority of poor people form a government to rule in their interests. A mediocre parliament comprising of parliamentarians who are elected and accountable to their electorates but have no authority to implement their manifesto pledges to the people is a kleptocracy. Transparency and accountability in a democracy are about passing judgment on our elected representatives based on how good they performed on their promises to the people ( manifesto pledges) in elections. MPS should be cabinet ministers to exercise political control and deliver their manifesto pledges to the people. MPS should not be only sitting in a house just to say YES or NO to programs of government that they have no input after making promises to the people.
Perhaps those who funds our government also provides the script for government programs and MPS are just there for show.
By Yusupha Bojang