BY ALMAMO KAMASO
The honourable member for Jara East, Hon Sainey Touray told members that he can’t be part of any Bill that is out to kill his political party. He was contributing to a debate that ensues after tabling of the local government Amendment Bill 2020, which was tabled by the Lower Baddibu NAM.
Touray told the Assembly that every candidate in this Assembly did canvass for votes on a on a political platform and that platform is backed by a particular political party. “If you think you have the taste to win an election why trailing behind a political party? If you think you have the wherewithal, that stamina, and you are Tyson that big man”. He called on members to be very honest to themselves as political parties are very important as they are not created out of the blues.
He reminded his colleagues that these political parties are enshrined in our constitutions and they are here o stay whether we like it or not. Hon Touray said there must be some form of mechanisms to control members of political parties. He question the credibility of members who are giving a marching order, the honourable member said even going back to our households we want our children to follow us so we have to be careful and mindful when taking decisions.
The Jara East law maker called on members that we need to learn to leave a legacy but not only legacy but good one for that matter. Nobody can be a torn in the flesh of one’s political party.
He made reference to section 112 of the Constitution which all political parties are cognisance of, he told his colleagues that no political party is out to destabilised Gambia, so there are no bad political parties but there can be bad members who should be purged out of those good political parties. “I will not be part of any Bill that is out to kill my political party” He concluded.
Taking part in the debate was nominated member Hon. Ya kunba Jaiteh, she said she will borrow the words of the mover of this Bill himself,” I remember the last time he called certain members of the Assembly hypocrites but this Bill is the most hypocritical Bill in the history of our time”. At this time honourable member’s attention was drawn to the fact that the mover had withdrawn that statement, Hon Jaiteh also did not waste time to withdraw.
She said we all know why this Bill is here today and at this time , that is not a secret. This Bill is here because of the UDP’s expulsion of the Chairman of the Brikama Area Council (Sherrifo Sonko) that is the reason why this Bill is before us.
And to the honourable members talking of harmonisation of our laws that argument will be baseless, because if we are really have that interest, if we say that those who elected us should have the right to recall us then we have to have a second look at ourselves, particularly those elected members. Hon Jaiteh said we being here and people saying that we repealed section 91.1 D , what is stopping us from acting on section 91 F , that gives powers to our electorates to recalled us? We are all mute about that since we came here in the fifth legislature so what are we harmonising?