GYU: Diaspora organisations should reorganize into ‘new union’

By Sanna Camara

The Gambia Youth for Unity (GYU), a conglomerate of youth efforts in the struggle to bring about democratic change in The Gambia, has urged diaspora organisations to affiliate themselves into a new union.

Omar Bah
Mr Omar Bah, Chairman of the GYU: “Unity i the only way out…”

According to a media release this morning, GYU has over the past few months been holding series of meetings that bordered around “dialogue, unity and efforts towards harnessing the structures of the Diaspora organizations into a coalition…”

The release, signed by the organisation’s chairman Omar Bah, said such an envisaged unity will coordinate efforts to restore democracy and rule of law in The Gambia.

“Recently, a structure and organogram was proposed, reviewed and accepted by organisations that attended the last meeting. It is important to note that no existing organisation has been asked to dissolve but rather affiliate themselves to the new union,” the release stated.

GYU will hold no position in the coalition

“One representative from each organization will hold a seat within the united entity among whom respective positions will be occupied,” it further stated.

GYU logo

Further, the release says no member of the GYU will hold a position in the coalition: “We will remain as the youth support base and continue to provide support for the united coalition.”

The release further maintains that the success of this initiative will depend largely on how many organisations are willing to engage in the democratic election process; “which has been very encouraging to date.”

Furthermore, flexible options have been proffered in this process: “To ensure a more inclusive process, we are urging all organisations to contribute towards shaping the structure they would find most comfortable, thereby eliminating avoidable problems from the beginning,” the release added.

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