Wulli West MP Sidia Jatta has insisted there should not be any resistance to people born in the country automatically becoming Gambians.

Mr Jatta while taking part in the debate on the draft constitution slammed Chapter IV of the document which is dedicated to the important issue of citizenship – and it says children born in the country are only qualified to be citizens if their parents or grandparents are Gambians.

Mr Jatta said: “The Gambians like to enjoy international standards. What is internationally valid, Gambians want to enjoy that but they don’t want to reciprocate that. We know that Gambian women leave this territory, they have never lived in France, they have never lived in the United States, they have never lived in England but they go there pregnant to have their children have their nationality.

“Why can’t we reciprocate that? Our people are enjoying that and we don’t want to give that to other people to enjoy. People have been living here for 40 years, 50 years, all their lives, their children are born here and they’re not Gambians. This is terrible.”