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Lawmakers call for peaceful resolution of current political impasse

Jan 5, 2017, 10:38 AM | Article By: Kaddijatou Jawo

Members of the National Assembly have called for a peaceful settlement of the current political crisis in the country, and for allowing the rule of law to prevail.

They were speaking during the adjournment debate on Thursday.

The motion was moved by the Majority Leader and member for Serrekunda East, Fabakary Tombong Jatta, who called for a peaceful handling The Gambia internal affairs rather than allowing foreign forces to intervene.

“As parliamentarians, we should ensure that our beloved country and its people live in peace and prosperity. We should all cherish what we have,” he said.

 As the Assembly adjourned sine die, and with the legislative election looming, he took the opportunity to thank all the parliamentarians for their good work over the past years in “serving the interest” of the Gambian people.

This might be his last address as a parliamentarian, Jatta said, and further thanked his electorate, who elected him to represent them for the past two decades.

In seconding the motion, the National Assembly Member for Sabah Sanjal, Hon. Ousman Bah, also reiterated the need for resolving the current situation peacefully.

He went on to talk about constituency matters, and called on the authorities responsible for health to consider mechanisms to improve the health system in his constituency.

One of the wards in his constituency “lacks a health facility”, and called for consideration of that issue.

Hon. Abdoulie Saine, National Assembly Member for Banjul Central, also called for peace, saying Gambians should ensure that the rule of law prevails in addressing the current situation.

Hon. Lamin Saine, Nominated Member, in his intervention cited some of the countries that had gone through foreign interventions in resolving their own problems and ended up being destroyed, with too much bloodshed.

He further said that Gambians should solve their problems as one big family.

Hon. Buba Bojang, National Assembly Member for Foni Kansala, also reiterated the called for peace to be maintained, and said it is necessary to call for a national dialogue in solving the problem.

“Peace should be given a chance in solving any of our problems,” he added.

Hon. Cherno Omar Jallow, for his part, said peace would always prevail in The Gambia, because Gambia is a peaceful country.