Alagi Yorro Jallow
Fatoumatta: I had read all sorts of excuses, reflections, name-calling, scapegoating since the last few weeks before National Assembly members start debating on the merits and general principles the Draft Constitution first readings before the hallowed chamber. Political leaders and a select few parliamentarians had earlier prepared the Draft constitution obituary in a “death spiral” collapsing of its weight. The handwriting was on the wall from the beginning. The “Sosalaaso” chorus has proven that its chorale has only one melody. The tyranny of numbers has its expiration date. People are tired. The arrogance was galling, and the hubris was unnerving. Blame the so-called -called activists on echo chambers, Facebook lawyers, legal carpenters, the Charlatan, the test tube lawyers, Twitter lawyers. Blame anyone but your Political leaders, Godfathers, and Test-tube lawyers.
Fatoumatta: What interest has Gambians to do with an old bastardized Constitution? The tangible legacy of Yahya Jammeh: The truth is that some blind activist, dishonest politicians, and pseudo-public intellectuals were in a political hole. If our political leaders do not reassess themselves and take stock, there will be unstoppable political inversion to some politicians into political destitute in the next elections.
Fatoumatta: My advice can be found in the laws of holes. The law of holes is an adage that states: “if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” Digging a hole makes it deeper and harder to get out of, which is used as a metaphor that, when in an untenable position, it is best to stop carrying on and exacerbating the situation.
Fatoumatta: Constitution of whatever political dispensation ought to be an instrument of dialogue whose guidepost must make proper a representation of consociation affirmation of the possibilities to command a mission that adds voice to the condition of human suffering, and perhaps crucially, undertake to mitigate it. Constitutions are designed to force people into a conversation with the hope of offering legitimate means by which people argue about the future. Of course, for a country like the Gambia deserves so much from a new Constitution without controversies and failure to reflect the call of its people for an emancipatory Constitutional order is incredibly disappointing.
Today, Gambians sought for equality, trust, integration, unity, and a reconciliation process that seeks to find a Constitutional common ground even before drafting begins, a new Constitution that can be oriented towards delivering a shared Constitutional vision that will provide to all Gambians to realize cohabitation that is possible.
Fatoumatta: The Gambia as a nation, we need to understand that we cannot legislate our way to civilization. We cannot make a law constraining us to respect each other, to accord each other equal privileges/ opportunities, to love one another, and such. No, we cannot legislate discrimination and inequality. Civilization is the sum of people’s beliefs, attitudes, culture, art, and innovativeness. It must arise organically amongst people. If an outside force compels the people to adopt a confident attitude, belief, or manner of life, then whatever change is procured will last only as long as that coercive force acts upon those people. To mean that growth is fragile, artificial, and fleeting.
Fatoumatta: Therefore, questions on Constitution promulgation should not be the province of discrimination and inequality. These are questions of worldviews that are best addressed by art, literature, and myth-making. Because art, literature, and myth-making work on the soft parts of men and transform them inwardly by reshaping how they see the world, and in so doing, reorganizes a man’s volition so that his choices arise naturally without compulsion.
The first law of holes, or the law of holes, is an adage that states: “if you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” Digging a hole makes it more profound and, therefore, harder to get out of, which is used as a metaphor that when in an untenable position, it is best to stop carrying on and exacerbating the situation.
- The First Law of Holes (this is the only stated law of holes) – If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
- The Second Law of Holes – If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging, come out of it, and then fill it in to keep it from becoming a hazard.
- The Third Law of Holes – If you find yourself in a hole, do not make a sound. Perhaps nobody will notice.
- The Fourth Law of Holes – If someone else, and especially when that someone appears smart and has been successful in the recent past, seems to be digging a hole, do not try to jump in to give him company.
- The Fifth Law Of Holes – If you find yourself in one, get out as fast as possible, and leave the area. Failure to do so may precipitate falling back into it.
- The Sixth Law of Holes – If you are unsure whether you are in a hole, ask somebody who is not covered with mud.
- The Seventh Law of Holes – If somebody you like seems to be digging a hole, do not offer to help them.
- The Eighth Law of Holes – If you see somebody you like in a hole, do not jump in to keep them company.
This is where it ends for the average person for the politicos, and they go further.
9.. The Ninth Law of Holes (Political) – When you find yourself in a hole … deny it.
- The Tenth Law of Holes (Political) – If the Ninth Law is challenged, keep digging as if you had a plan.
In life, watch out for holes. Avoid holes if you can. If you find yourself in one, stop digging!