GDC NAM threatens to sue majority leader

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Demba Sowe, National Assembly Member (NAM) for Naimina West District, Central River Region, has threatened to sue the National Assembly Member for Kombo South, who is also the majority leader of the National Assembly.

Hon. Sowe was speaking on Monday morning during a press conference at the Office of the Minority Leader at the National Assembly in Banjul.

Sowe accused Hon. Barrow of circulating a caucus (meeting) attendance list as a resolution against the revocation of Hon. Ya Kumba Jaiteh’s nomination by President Adama Barrow.

He said they are just lawmakers and that they are not entitled to question the president, saying that the president is given a constitutional mandate to hire and fire without being questioned.

“The constitution is very silent on this issue and it is only the law that can interpret it. Therefore, I totally disassociate myself with the majority leader.”

Hon. Majanko Sir Musa, a nominated member of the National Assembly said it is very unfortunate that things were done without proper consultation.

“We all know a caucus and a resolution are quite different and in each caucus meeting there must be an attendance list. How on earth can the majority leader deliberately mislead the general public by giving fake information?” he questioned.

He said he was very disappointed with the majority leader, adding that whosoever wants to challenge the constitution should go to the Supreme Court or any other high court.

Hon. Billy Tunkara NAM for Kantora, cited Section 34(3) of the Standing Order, saying the section states that nominated members should be called by name, adding that the nominated members are nominated by the president only to contribute to the preliminary debate but they don’t have a voting right.

“It is unwise and immature for the majority to pass a resolution in caucus because caucus must go with a motion to indicate the stance of parliament,” he told journalists.

Author: Momodou Jawo