Jul 16, 2020, 1:13 PM
At least six health workers have been tested positive for covid-19, people closed to the Health Ministry told The Point.
Moving the motion, the attorney general and minister for Justice Dawda A. Jallow said the bill is the first attempt in undertaking a comprehensive review of the criminal code of The Gambia since its enactment in 1933.
The Justice minister underlined that the bills seek to align our criminal justice legislation with current trends by removing all provisions inimical to freedom of speech such as criminal defamation and sedition.
He added that the bills will also to close long-standing legal lacunae by expanding the criminal jurisdiction of Gambia courts to offences committed by persons outside the country and who thereafter state.
However, all the sentences under the old law were also reviewed in the bills to bring them in line with current realities.
Ousman Sillah, the Banjul North lawmaker urged the executive through the Ministry of Justice to come with an amendment rather than coming with the full bill.
Fatoumatta Njai, the lawmaker for Banjul South said that the criminal offences bill needs stakeholders’ consultation before coming to the parliament, while describing the bill as a good bill that comes to protect the lives and the livelihood of Gambians.
Justice Minister Jallow called on the members of parliament to give their support to the bills so that the lives and the livelihood of Gambians can be protected for the betterment of the country.
Gambia’s Central Bank Governor Bakary K. Jammeh yesterday indicated that preliminary estimates of government fiscal operations indicated that overall deficit, including grants worsened from D24.3 million in the first quarter of 2019 to a deficit of D341.6 million in the first quarter of 2020.
The Gambia has confirmed six new cases of covid-19 on Thursday, making the country’s total number of infections to 55.
Out of the total confirmed cases, The Gambia recorded two deaths so far.
Scores of commercial drivers and roadside vendors along the Westfield Junction and its satellite areas have sulkily complained over the open gutters beside the road.
The field of doing horticulture and fashion business progresses with time and is now changing rapidly because of COVID-19. In the face of this pandemic, the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment continues to improve access to capital for growth with the introduction of “SheTradesGambia” scheme.
The Minister for Information and Communication Infrastructure, Ebrima Sillah has disclosed that the Ministry of Higher Education, Research Science and Technology (MoHERST) has recently paid over twelve million, nine hundred-thousand dalasi (D12, 900,000.00) to non-government funded Gambian students studying abroad.
The community of Sare Omar village in the Lower River Region (LRR), has informed the Gambian Armed Forces who were deployed at the village that the Senegalese troops claimed they had mistakenly entered Gambian territory while on patrol.
Senegal has opened its air space with new rules, Air Transport Ministry announced.
To leave Senegal by plane, the Ministry of Air Transport presented a health protocol with main measures such as: keep a distance and wear a mask until one reaches his/her destination.