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GDC prefers amendment to 1997 Constitution than draft

Jun 29, 2021, 10:48 AM | Article By: Adama Tine

Ahmadou Kah, deputy party leader No 2 of The Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) has said that the Draft Constitution was a Barrow Project, a coalition government project and not GDC’s.

“At the planning stage GDC made it very clear that the most important thing to our country at that time was to amend the 1997 Constitution and for saying that; we were made enemies of the state by the coalition government headed by President Barrow.

Kah made these statements at a press conference at the Baobab Hotel in Bijilo last week which aimed at clearing the party’s stance on the expulsion of the party’s two lawmakers, namely: Hon. Salifu Jawo of Jokadu and Hon. Kebba Jallow of Jarra Central.

According to him, the GDC has service rules and a code of conduct that people in the party are expected to live with.

He revealed that one of those rules states that the moment somebody wins an election under the GDC ticket as a member of parliament, the person automatically becomes a member of the central executive committee of the GDC.

He added that the same code of conduct states that no executive member should be absent from executive meetings for three consecutive times without giving a tangible reason for doing so.

“The GDC programme has it that executive members and most especially members of parliament should be paying contributions to the party to support the party financially as most parties around the world do. These two members of parliament never did for the party and never advanced to the party any reason for not doing so and why they’ve never been attending our meetings for over one year now,” Kah disclosed.

“During the bye-election in Kerr Jarga Ward in Jarra Central, Salifu Jawo publicly campaigned against the GDC candidate and made mention that he’s in the Barrow camp, adding that Barrow has an agenda that was better than that of the GDC’s.”

After the campaign against the GDC and declared his loyalty to Barrow, in his own village again, GDC won and as a result they are being expelled from the party because they have not been representing the party. They did not attend our meetings, they did not contribute and in fact, they did not appear in GDC’s platforms; not even our rallies for the past two years,” he revealed.

When asked about his view on the Draft Constitution, Kah said: “It is Barrow and his government that instituted a Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and gave them the mandate to bring us a new constitution. It was them who used public resources and the media to lobby for funds to advance and present a new constitution to the Gambian public and never the GDC,” he noted.

According to him, after the work was conducted and the report sent to them and while going through it, they saw a lot of good in it and of course supported it by going public to make very it clear to the people that the GDC is in full support of the new constitution.

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