Friday, January 3, 2014

NRP to hold national convention in May

NRP leader Hamat Bah speaking to journalists on election nomination day in 2011 (Photo Credit: SoutAfrica) - Now, Bah said he believes 2013 was a disappointing year for the opposition in the country, not because they are oppressed, but because “there is no unity”.
The opposition National Reconciliation Party (NRP) has announced on Tuesday that it will hold its National Convention on May 8, 2014.

The party said it will also embark on nationwide tour of The Gambia down to the villages after the convention to consolidate its political gains on the ground.

Its leader Hamat NK Bah who is expected to remain the flag bearer said he believes 2013 was a disappointing year for the opposition in the country, not because they are oppressed, but because “there is no unity”.  

He said: “The year 2013 though peaceful had failed to produce the desired results of all Gambians in the opposition as expected - that is a united opposition speaking and acting in one voice and taking up the challenge to restore democracy, human rights and rule of law in our motherland.” 

According to him, registered political parties cannot operate on democratic principles without engaging in the democratic processes (like elections) and by challenging the ruling APRC party.

“That’s why when our sister opposition parties took a stand of a non-participation, the NRP calls it engagement to expose the weaknesses of the APRC and the electoral commission to further intensify our struggles for genuine electoral reform,” he added.

He said his party will work passionately to achieve freedom, rule of law, democracy and good governance in The Gambia. He said there is much work to be done: the state of economy calls for bold and swift actions, creation of new jobs and a new foundation for growth. 

We need to transform our schools, college and university to meet the demands of the new age, he said at the NRP Political Bureau on Kairaba Avenue on December 31.

Written by Modou S. Joof


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