By Alagi Yorro Jallow
Ousanou Darboe is a very confident, hard-to-break man – a political footballer who believes his every pass must reach its destination, and his every shot a goal. When a man’s can-do spirit sculpts his image on the granite of his people’s political history, he would princely price himself in pure diamond. Ousainu did that with the boast that his opponents are gone forever in the South-West. He has managed to foist his hegemonic ideology on a choosy, proud race, so far without consequences. That was why he was sure his tendency would prevail forever. But, is that what history teaches? History will not be history if what it says is that there are empires which last forever. If you are an Ousainu Darboe believer, wait a little before you disagree with this view. The man himself agreed with this position a day before the Barrow’s declaration.Why he is still serving as Barrow’s VP after Statehouse Barrow-Sarahule community political rally? Ousainou is an ardent fan of floundering, drab Manchester United, a club that has seen better times like today’s struggling UDP.But why would a clever Ousainou Darboe not see the turbulence of football as a hint for his politics? If the titanic Manchester United could flounder ceaselessly as it does, who says a political party can’t suffer same fate if it also has the wrong coach? And UDP has an efficient, effective wrong coach now! Every empire has an autumn — an end. Ousainu leads a far-right orchestra which he would rather package as a progressive party.
He is so effective acting Big Brother that he now thinks, seriously, that he would be the lord of this animal farm forever — whatever he does with the farm and its products. There is a problem when an abusive husband boasts that the wife is stuck with his trauma forever. He has reasons to think so. And you all know you are the reasons. His party would rule the land forever even as vital in remain forever comatose, altering destinies in their hundreds of thousands. His party would remain the darling of everyone, including those serving in the diplomatic service whose and in other prestigious positions in the Civil service. Because he has carefully spread his “our time and our own to eat” ideology across the physical space, penetrating all social categories, his supporters now see themselves as privileged beneficiaries. And because he has been so successful doing these, his fingers are on every pie and his eyes on every friend to keep — and on every foe to buy or break. So, has the future of the South-West (with its trophies) been sold wholesale and forever to this clever, smart, wily, even devastatingly foxy Man-United? The answer cannot be Yes unless the Ousainu club abandons its buccaneer ways and does good at all times. That is what can give the club any hope of a long-lasting reign on the league table. Even then, the Real de Banjul, should rather see the football club called Manchester United, with its paradise lost, as a living proof.