first_imgBecause of command and control structures of disciplined forcesinstructions may often go contrary to the constitution and laws of acountry. In that case, the disciplined forces would cease to beprotectors of the people. They would be willing to shoot and killwithout regard to professional ethics or the dictates of justice.Wherever and whenever constitutions and laws are set aside or doctoredto make power absolute impunity must become the order of the day.Power which could guide disciplined forces towards virtue is one thatis bound by just constitutions and laws. In short, the 1997Constitution states that,“The Sovereignty of The Gambia resides in the people of The Gambiafrom whom all organs of government derive their authority and in whosename and for whose welfare and prosperity the powers of government areto be exercised in accordance with this constitution.”Hence it is clear that the disciplined forces should protect thesovereign people and promote their general welfare. Such forces wouldnot partake in shoot to kill policies or disappearance without tracepractices. They would strive to act within the guards and fences ofthe law knowing that security personnel who disregards theconstitution and the law becomes an armed bandit who could take lifewithout mercy or any regard for justice.Africa needs sons and daughters in uniform whose heart beats pump inunison with the heart beats of their people. Those leaders who breedthugs and make them to take command to maime and tame populations onlybreed their own kind. Impunity breeds more impunity until the statebecomes a failed state. The only road to stability is to avoid allforms of unconstitutional behaviour and impunity. A state whichsafeguards the liberty and security of persons of its citizens is theonly one which could guarantee peace, security and stability.]]>last_img

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