The leader of the National Unity Party Abdoulie Jammeh has presented his nomination papers to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) at Election house.
Speaking after completing his nomination the former director-general of the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority said his party will set up an Anti-Corruption Commission to tackle the high rate of corruption in the country
“We will set up an Anti-Corruption Commission. We believe corruption kills people and destroys the nation, we need foreign direct investment, therefore we must have a commission that fights corruption,” Abdoulie Jammeh said.
When asked about his programmes as a party Jammeh said he will
first start with security considering that The Gambia depends on Tourism as a major source of revenue and tourism cannot strive without adequate security.
“If you don’t fix the security situation it will affect tourism which is a major driver in our economy,” he said.
He also mentioned that he will fix the health care system which he described as appalling.
He also promised to fully implement the recommendations of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) a commission set up to investigate the Yahya Jammeh era from 1994 to 2017.
“Reconciliation is key to development. We want to ensure things in the past are kept in the past and we move forward. We however recognise the need for justice to ensure closure, but reconciliation is paramount,” he said.
Jammeh also faithfully promised to review the reforms in the country’s security sector.
On the area of a coalition, he said, “I have always said we will consider a coalition. But we will only go into a coalition based on principles and in the interest of the people.”
He emphasized the need to unite all the people of The Gambia irrespective of political, racial, religious, and tribal affiliations, the need to curb the rise in corruption, and the need to improve the standard of living for all Gambians.
Mr Jammeh obtained MSc Development Management, PGD Information Systems Management) in Glasgow Caledonian University, UK in 1994, (Information Technology Management) Institute of Systems Science, National University of Singapore in 1989, GCE A’ Levels – Gambia High School (Now Gambia Senior Secondary School