Gambia’s Interior Minister has described the lack of transportation means (official vehicles) for Members of the National Assembly as a national disgrace.
Mai Ahmed Fatty was responding to a concern by Hon. Samba Jallow, Minority leader and Member for Niamina Dankuku who raised the concern before the House during Tuesday’s Extra Ordinary Session convened to amend the 1997 Constitution and Election Bills 2017 respectively.
Hon Jallow said it’s a real disgraced for Members of Parliament to be standing on the highways begging to be transported to their various locations especially after official sessions. He said most of them join public transports using ‘Gele Gele’ all the time and they are representative of the people. He called on the new government to consider them.
Interior Minister Fatty replied that it does not in any way befit the office of NAMs to be hassling to take public transport especially after serving the nation in the august Assembly.
“National Assembly members are as important as Cabinet members, if not even more important because they pass laws and represent true Gambia. You are representing thousands of Gambians. It should therefore be inline with your Honourable name and job to be catered with mobility ” he said.
He then promised that this new government of President Barrow will be cooperative in every venture to make sure that MPs are fully catered for to be able to do their job effectively.