BREAKING NEWS: PRESIDENT DISREGARDS PARLIAMENTARY PROTOCOLS, BOOTS OUT OPPOSITION MPS FROM THIS YEAR’S ECOWAS PARLIAMENT

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 JAMMEH ON A MISSION TO MAKE GAMBIA A ONE PARTY STATE

JAMMEH ON A MISSION TO MAKE GAMBIA A ONE PARTY STATE

HON. SAMBA JALLOW THE VOICE OF THE VOICELSSS IN PARLIAMENT

HON. SAMBA JALLOW THE VOICE OF THE VOICELSSS IN PARLIAMENT

MPS CHOSEN NOT BY THEIR COLLEGES BUT BY JAMMEH

MPS CHOSEN NOT BY THEIR COLLEAGUES BUT BY JAMMEH

 

The Gambian President had interfered with the country’s parliamentary protocols by unilaterally selecting the Members of Parliament, who should represent the Gambia at the ECOWAS sub-regional parliament.

The President did not only act unconstitutionally in selecting the MPS to represent the country – a prerogative, which was reserved for the country’s legislative body – but was biased in his selection.

The President selected only Parliamentary Members of his ruling party stalwarts. Furthermore, the selection did not take place in Parliament but at the Office of the President our sources hinted. No opposition MP was invited to the meeting at the State House and none were selected or aware of the selection. Jammeh has turned the country’s constitution into tissue paper.

The five new Gambian ECOWAS parliamentarians who will represent the country at the sub-regional ECOWAS parliament for the next four years are: Hon. Ablie Suku Singhateh of Lower Badibou; Hon. Fabakary Tombong Jatta of Sere-Kunda East; Hon. Netty Baldeh of Tumana; Hon. Abdoulie Saine of Banjul Central; and Hon. Madam Habsana Jallow of Nianija; all APRC parliamentary members.

Hon. Singhateh, who also doubles as the president of Economic Policy in ECOWAS Parliament, described the composition of the new Gambian ECOWAS parliamentarians as people who have vast experience in the sub-regional ECOWAS body’s programmes/activities. He commended the Gambian leader, His Excellency Sheikh Professor, Alhaji Dr. Yahya Jammeh Babili Mansa, the president of the Republic of The Gambia for his concern of the Gambian ECOWAS parliamentarians. He further thanked the government and all Gambian parliamentarians for their trust and confidence in allowing him to participate in what he described as “a crucial mission”.

Reacting to the unceremonious decision by the office of the President, Hon. Samba Jallow, National Assembly member for Niamina Dankunku and the minority leader said “it is very disappointing and unfair for the nomination to the ECOWAS parliament to be done at the Office of the President.” Hon. Jallow said these things while addressing journalists at a press briefing held at his office at the National Assembly Building in Banjul, as he was reacting to the manner of nomination of Gambia’s representatives to the ECOWAS parliament.

He said as always, the nomination should have been conducted by the Office of the Speaker or the National Assembly Authority, but the executive seems to have taken over everything now as this year’s selection of ECOWAS parliamentarians was selected by the office of the President and they have blatantly “failed to consult” or disregarded the Office of the Speaker for legislative advice on how to do the selection. That is why all the members of the delegation were picked from the ruling party, which Hon. Jallow believes “does not embrace democracy”. As previous ECOWAS delegates composed of one opposition and the other four from the ruling party, including a female. But this year no opposition member at all.

The Minority leader of the national assembly believes “that the Office of the President should be the first office to embrace democracy in this country. How would the Gambian delegation feel if they go to the ECOWAS Parliament and find other 14 member countries come with the right composition, and The Gambia gets there with a negative composition; it would definitely send a negative signal about The Gambia,” he said.

According to the minority leader, “The Gambia has always been accused, as a country that is not embracing democracy” and if such should happen “in our parliament where democracy begins, it would definitely qualify that accusation to be true” the Honourable Niamina Dankunku Parliamentarian lamented.

Many concerned groups are now calling on the executive, especially the Office of the president, to stop interfering in the affairs of the legislative body of government for a smooth democratic dispensation.


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