May 4, 2020, 1:04 PM
The acting director of Health Services Dr. Mustapha Bittaye on Saturday in a press briefing confirmed that the country has registered five new cases of covid-19, making a total of 17.
The Gambia government wanted a 45-day state of public emergency extension after the expiry of a National Assembly’s approved 90-day. However, the government intending to table a motion for another extension, decided to withdraw it.
The Serrekunda lawmaker, Hon. Halifa Sallah, who moved the VP’s summon motion, said he wanted to know whether a state of public emergency has been declared since the National Assembly commenced session?
If so, he continued, he wanted to know when was it declared and under what authority?
The veteran legislator further enquired about what emergency powers regulations are currently in force and under what authority?
He further stated that he wanted an explanation on how the executive computes time to determine the expiry date of each of the declaration of a state of public emergency since 18 March 2020?
Honourable Sallah continued that his view was that answers to those questions would provide sufficient evidence for the National Assembly to determine whether or not the executive is acting in line with the spirit of the constitution it has taken oath to respect, uphold and enforce.
"Only the National Assembly is given the power by the constitution to extend a state of emergency so that it would not expire within seven days,” he stated.
The Serrekunda lawmaker also argued that the first declaration of the president should be extended by members of the National Assembly if the motion for extension has been approved by a resolution of the National Assembly supported by the votes of not less than two thirds of all the members.
In respect of Hon. Halifa Sallah’s arguments, majority of lawmakers at National Assembly have stated that President Adama Barrow does not have any right to extend the state of public emergency while the parliament is in session.
As stakeholders join efforts to stem the spread of Covid-19 in the country, the Pharmaceutical Society of The Gambia on Wednesday presented locally made hand sanitizers to the Ministry of Health at a ceremony held at the Ministry’s complex in Banjul.
Press release #Team Europe is pleased to announce the signature of a new contract with the Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).
Quadrangle, Banjul, 7 May 2020- The minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Hon. Mamburay Njie has defended the decision of his ministry to procure food supplies for the poor and vulnerable Gambians across the country by mobilising funds from the budgets allocations of the various government ministries, agencies, and departments.
The Gambia’s Ministry of Health in a daily covid-19 update yesterday said that the country has registered four new laboratory cases of covid-19, bringing the number of the country's infections to 34.
The commissioner of Operations of The Gambia Immigration Department (GID) has urged frontline officers to continue to consult one another and engage each other especially in these trying times of the coronavirus pandemic.