His Excellency, President Adama Barrow will conduct a nationwide tour of the country from the 23rd March – 2nd April. The purpose of the tour is to thank the Gambian people for voting him as President in the December 2016 elections. The tour will also enable President Barrow as Coalition Leader to familiarize himself with the political situation in the run up to the National Assembly elections in April this year.
During the nationwide tour, President Barrow will hold 36 general meetings in the seven regions of The Gambia. He will call on the electorates to vote for Coalition candidates for change so as to have a majority in the National Assembly. This will enable his government to implement its transition policies and programmes to effect the change Gambians have voted for during the December 2016 Presidential elections. All supporters are welcome to join President Barrow, the Coalition leader at the general meetings in their areas.
It has been brought to our attention that an inadvertent request was recently made for government vehicles to partake in the ongoing campaign for the National Assembly elections without any authority or clearance from the Office of the President.
This is quite at variance with the policy and comportment of this government and therefore, as soon as it came to the notice of the competent authorities, the two vehicles in question were immediately withdrawn and returned to their respective units of assignment.
On behalf of the government, I wish to make it categorically clear to all concerned that there should be a clear distinction between State matters and partisan politics and henceforth, the two should be treated as separate entities. The use of government vehicles and other State resources for purely partisan politics is a thing of the past which shall no longer be condoned.
Hon Demba A Jawo
Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure