31 NAMs denounce dismissal of nominated lawmaker

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Legislators of the National Assembly have denounced the dismissal of the nominated lawmaker Ya Kumba Jaiteh as unlawful, saying they are considering it as null and void. 

The majority leader and member for Kombo South, Kebba Barrow, told journalists on Monday morning that they will neither accept not recognise the dismissal of nominated member Ya Kumba Jaiteh.

 A resolution was signed by 31 lawmakers showcasing their disagreement with the president.

A letter was signed by the secretary general and heads of Civil Services, Ebrima O Camara, addressed to Ya Kumba Jaiteh and copied to clerk of the National Assembly and it reads: “I hereby write to convey executive decision to revoke your nomination as National Assembly Member, with immediate effect.”

Ya Kumba Jaiteh is part of the five National Assembly Members(NAMs) who were nominated by the president in 2017 following the National Assembly Election.

However, it is not clear as to what led the president to dismiss her. President Adama Barrow has been warning to dismiss anybody bent on sabotaging his National Development Plan (NDP).

The majority leader while speaking to reporters said “We the undersigned members of the National Assembly hereby resolve as follows: That the members of the National Assembly are hereby disassociating themselves from the letter purporting to dismiss nominated member Ya Kumba Jaiteh.”

According to him, “the president has no powers or authority to dismiss any member of the National Assembly and that it is unconstitutional and it is not in the spirit of constitution to revoke the nomination of any member of the National Assembly.”

“The National Assembly is therefore not recognising or accepting the purported revocation of the nomination of Honourable Ya Kumba Jaiteh and considers it null and void.”

In her response to the said letter, Hon. Ya Kumba Jaiteh said: “I am in receipt of a letter dated 25th February 2019 which purports to be issued from your good office. I have doubts of its origins since it was not on official letter headed paper and the contents are with the greatest respect, curious. A copy is enclosed for your information.”

“My letter therefore assumes that the letter was issued by you. Please correct me otherwise.”

“As you are aware, your office has no authority over a member of the National Assembly by virtue of Section 166(4) of the Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia. As a member of the National Assembly I am not a member of the Public Service.” 

Author: Momodou Jawo