Gambia Says No More to the Commonwealth*
President Yahya Jammeh, the man who invented a herbal treatment that cures A.I.D.S, can be overbearing and obnoxious but unlike many of his counterparts who prefer to dance to the masters tune, has pulled out of the Queen of England’s Commonwealth. It took 20 years, but it has finally begun. The man who led a bloodless coup 20 years ago announced the withdrawal stating that Gambia will
“never be a member of any neo-colonial institution.”
The Gambian government statement reads:
“(The) government has withdrawn its membership of the British Commonwealth and decided that Gambia will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution and will never be a party to any institution that represents an extension of colonialism,” the statement added.The Commonwealth is a collection of 54 former British colonies established by the London Declaration not long after WWII in 1949.
A shock to many including fellow Gambians, the warm took place at the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week when President Yahya Jammeh declared:
“Today, after fighting for our freedom and liberating our continent, we are being prescribed a religion – democracy, human rights and good governance – by descendants of the same colonial powers,”
True words spoken, even though President Yahya Jammeh could do with cleaning up his human rights act. Indeed, it was in 2009 that fellow colonial/Commonwealth nations, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean, and India demanded that President Yahya Jammeh be banned from attending the colonial gathering/summit of said mentioned year.
The Guardian reports one anonymous Commonwealth source as saying:
“It’s very unusual for a country to leave the Commonwealth like this,”
“Gambia has been under pressure for years over its human rights record, so why now? Nothing unusual has happened. The president is very erratic.”
Erratic he may be, but given Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Mali, Egypt, Libya, Indonesia, Syria, Kenya, and a long list of other countries, Jammeh has a point.
When it comes to business the US State Department’s profile states:
There are no limits on foreign ownership or control of businesses except in the operations of foreign exchange bureaus, television broadcasting, and defense industries; the latter two sectors closed to all private sector participation irrespective of nationality. There is also an embargo on the setting up of private security companies, although existing firms are allowed to continue operating.
There is no mandatory screening of foreign investment. . .
GIobaI governance is happy with that trading picture, so unless that picture changes to benefit the Gambia, the common weaIth remains to flow in the direction of the cabal.
Hirsch, A “Gambian exit from Commonwealth surprises some in government” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/03/gambia-exit-commonwealth-surprise