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Minority leader rejects “fraudulent” National Assembly resolution

Minority leader of Gambia’s national assembly, Samba Jallow

The minority of the National Assembly, Samba Jallow, has told Kerr Fatou that the Monday resolution of the National Assembly read by Majority Leader Kebba Barrow did not follow the right procedure.

Ya Kumba Jaiteh, one of the five people nominated into the National Assembly by President Barrow has had her nominations revoked by Barrow on Monday according to a letter she reportedly received from the office of the Secretary General Ebrima O. Camara.

Camara said in the letter without an official letterhead that he was directed by the president to revoke Kumba’s nomination with “immediate effect”.

On Monday morning, after Kumba received her letter at the National Assembly in Banjul, she joined 31 of her colleagues to discuss the issue.

The lawmakers later read to journalists a joint resolution from the meeting denouncing the decision as an executive interference in their work.

However, Samba Jallow said the meeting that they had was an informal one and there were people who did not agree with the resolutions they have written.

Jallow said a caucus has no authority to write a resolution, adding that such decisions can only be made by the plenary.

“I refused to sign the resolution as the Minority Leader,” said Jallow. He said the list shared with journalists claiming to be those who signed the resolution is inaccurate.

“That was an attendance list,” said Jallow. “It is a fraudulent act…”

Jallow said there were a number of them at the meeting who did not agreed with the course of actions taken.

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