Aug 31, 2020, 12:52 PM
Police in Basse in the Upper River Region (URR) have arrested three people from Darsilameh village in the Sandu District for what has been described as “mob justice”. The Point has been reliably informed.
Lawyer Ousainou Darboe made this comment in an Interview with BBC’s Essa Williams aired over Hot FM radio in a programme dubbed: ‘This Week in Politics Show’ where he argued over the electoral provision of the 1997 Constitution that barred any convicted person holding public office to contest for the presidential elections.
He added that the election proviso of the 1997 Constitution that mentioned a clause preventing people with records of imprisonment from vying for the presidency has never indicated that person not serving public offices to be also disqualified from contesting presidential elections.
“May be those hoping for my constitutional illegality to stand as a UDP candidate for the 2021 presidential election have a separate intending purpose against me. I thought they might have people who could read simple English and understand it.”
“The constitutional provisions they make reference to simply state that a person, who, while holding a public office is being convicted should not be qualify to stand for the presidential elections.
“And by the time I was convicted I was a private legal practitioner leading the opposition United Democratic Party, I was not holding any public office at the time of conviction. So if it is because of the conviction that Mr. Darboe is not going to contest for the 2021 presidential elections, then I think they are living in a dream world.”
He added: “I think they should really be thinking of other means of ensuring that I do not contest for the 2021 presidential elections. And one thing they can do to deny me from contesting is to assassinate me,” he asserted.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has predicted that the expected above normal rainfall this season may lead to flooding, particularly over the NBR, URR, WR regions and Greater Banjul Area (GBA).
Press release: Over 40 ward councilors, ward secretaries and community development assistants are currently participating in a five-day capacity building training on good governance, leadership and management at the Mansakonko Area Council conference center in Jarra Soma.