Politics is a dirty sport: Political Blackmailing and the Logic of Political Survival!!!
Alagi Yorro Jallow.
Mamudu: There exists three kinds of politicians: Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what’s happening. Former Vice President Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang might not like this constant reminder, but it doesn’t take away the fact that her recent game plan, personal branding and PR stunt blackmailing her predecessor Vice President Ousainou Darboe and office of the Foreign Ministry in public space and the public sphere has gone up in smoke.
In Chinua Achebe’s masterpiece “Things Fall Apart”, Ogbuefi Idigo offers this view of the palm-wine tapper Obiako who suddenly gives up his (lucrative) trade:
“There must be something behind it…. there must be a reason for it. A toad does not run in the daytime for nothing”. (p20). Such is the case with the recent personal branding, PR stunt, media interviews and utterances (warning shots across the bow of Fatoumatta Tambajang Jallow) former Vice President of the third republic of the Gambia. She was fired in 2018 by President Adama Barrow during a major Cabinet reshuffle which also saw the dismissal of three Cabinet Ministers of their positions.
Mamudu: Politics is a dirty sport (or should I say game?) It is actually a pig fight. That is why you do not put your trust in politicians. They are slimy, ugly and dirty. They will always betray you. Betrayal, to them, is normal just as pigs do not consider their ways dirty. You have heard lately from politicians how pigs can fight and throw faeces and be happy that they are messing up everybody, everywhere. Pigs are never aware of their dirtiness. They are like madmen: the day the mad is aware of his madness, he is cured.
Mamudu: French novelist and playwright, Honore de Balzac, said when there is an old maid in the house, a watchdog is unnecessary. He was wrong. Old maids over time (“Magette yorr yorr”) have proven to be as too bad as they have been too good. Taking eyes off servants because they have stayed long and have flaunted that thing called integrity can even get out of hand. Lives are repeatedly lost, and destinies altered forever.
Mamudu: This is no allegory or satire about the outsourcing of our survival, the Gambia as a nation to strange politicians who speak with a million tongues. A case of politicians speaking out from both sides of the mouth and judicial doublespeak. There is no need talking about that one. We have been told to surrender and expect tougher times moving forward. Life will teach the laid back how to live it. This is rather about us thinking that because the water is calm, there are no crocodiles there. As a people, we see little alarm in being eaten by alien vultures and losing our chickens to familiar hawks. So, we pay handsomely for poison – thinking it is tonic for our weary or lazy bones.
Mamudu: Fatoumatta Jallow has said she was let go from her cabinet position over a letter that, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs claim was allegedly written by her. Fatoumatta, said some people at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs schemed and against her, alleged to have altered a letter of recommendation she sent to one of the United Nation’s agencies at the time current Vice President Ousainou Darboe was the then Minister of Foreign Affairs at the time of her firing and recent allegations in the media.
“I am happy that His Excellency President Barrow has known the truth. He stood by the truth, and he has invited me on the 16th of August. We spoke about the letter and it was never a letter I wrote,” Jallow-Tambajang exclusively told Gambia Times over the Weekend.
Fatoumata Jallow said she was accused of writing a letter to the United Nation to pressure President Barrow to hand power over to her after three years, but the Former Vice President says that was a fabrication.
According to Jallow Tambajang, she never wrote a letter to the UN but rather to the United Nations Environmental Programme – for a Gambian seeking for a job at that agency. “I want to clarify this to the Nation that this letter of recommendation I sent to UNEP through the Foreign Affairs was tampered with, recommendations removed and replaced with a note that I knew nothing about”, Fatoumatta pillorized.
Mamudu: Fatoumatta has the habit of making a point, without making a point. She takes her listeners and readers in circles then “conveniently” forgets to deliver the punch. She desires the image of a “Mother of the Nation”. She desires to be perceived as a “nationalist.” A patriot of some sorts. Folks, patriots are reasonable people. She is the typical politician who wants to keep her cake while eating it. An expert in habitual scapegoating. The woman lacks the ability to frame arguments. Her interviews recently are nauseating.
Mamudu: Whenever I hear such people (toadies, acolytes and sycophants) popping off at the mouth on political matters of the day, all I can see/hear yapping is their self-centeredness – in this case – bidding, Fatoumatta do/ is doing.
Mamudu: For those suffering from “power-induced” amnesia, Fatoumatta is the same woman who famously told protesting members of activists “Dafadoy” that their protests the incumbent- were disrupting economic activities because “they had no vested interests in the economy”. It was this callous characterization that set the stage for the deputation of the dread-locked members of the respective “civil society youth group” to unleash their civil rights, the protestors who were (simply) exercising their democratic rights.
Mamudu: Put another way, Fatoumatta is not a friend and there should be zero love lost between the Vice President, Ousainou Darboe and leader of the United Democratic Party strongholds and the woman and who/what she represents.
Mamudu: So, every time I hear triumphalism emanating from the bowels of certain people, I am reminded of the name-calling and derision those who supposedly “did not have any vested interest in the country” endured over the years apart from their bad selfishness personal interest.
Mamudu: All political mathematics revolving around the identity of President Adama Barrow, the chess grandmaster of Gambian politics returns to the main fold just when politicians beginning to behave like a silverback gorilla. Do not be fooled that Fatoumatta Tambajangs ‘s noise is a hollow one. Gambians have no problem honoring their political debt owed to Fatoumatta. The only misgiving Gambians have, is whether Fatoumatta can be trusted to honor back the debt when her turn to bounce back comes around as Vice President again. Gambians are saying they’d rather have any other VP but not Fatoumatta, because Gambian have been once bitten, and they are now twice shy, Mamudu.