Barrow will stay in office for 5 years —Says Political Adviser

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The newly appointed political adviser to President Adama Barrow has affirmed that President Barrow will complete his 5-year mandate in office, amid ongoing debate making rounds on social media as to whether the president will honour the 3 years (MOU) as agreed by coalition members or settle for a 5-year term as stated in the constitution.

Siaka Jatta, who at one-time was deputy governor of West Coast Region, made it clear that the said agreed MOU among the coalition stakeholders that others are relying on, cannot silence the constitution, just as how Hadith cannot silence the Holy Qur’an

Jatta was speaking at the launch of Ginkon Development Foundation held over the weekend at Jambur village, Kombo South. The foundation is active in the livelihood improvement of local farming communities.

“I know we are not at a political rally as clearly stated by one gentleman, who just left the podium, but what I wanted you to know is that I am the political Adviser to the president. And so such a role has given me the opportunity to talk politics. What I simply want to make clear is that those who are gossiping whether the president will go for five years or three should know that Adama Barrow is going to complete a 5- year term in office as stated by the constitution. The agreed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among the coalition parties that others are relying on cannot silence the constitution, as we equally know how the hadith cannot silence the Qur’an. So in this case the hadith is the MOU and Quran is the constitution.” he added.

Further defending his position on a five year mandate in office for the president, Jatta expressed his resolve as a political Adviser to engage the coalition secretary on national television so as to clear the air with regards to the ongoing hot controversy making rounds.

Meanwhile, the political adviser to the president called on the social media users to stop publishing or writing comments that might threaten the country’s peace and stability.

He equally challenged journalists to play a key role in informing and educating the public of the developments taking shape in the country, so as to ensure that the aims and aspirations set out by the Barrow administration are achieved.

“I therefore challenge journalists to disseminate factual information that really exist in the country for people to know and this I think should be your work,” he added.

Author: Yusupha Jobe
Source: Picture: President Barrow