Hon. Samba Jallow, National Assembly member for Niamina Dankuku and Minority Leader, has equated the Jotna movement’s plan to unseat President Adama Barrow after January 19 with coup d’état, saying they should be careful about the way they push their agenda.
The Parliamentarian for the National Reconciliation Party (NRP) made this remark in an interview with this medium.
Amid increased polarization of the political landscape, the Jotna movement has been crystal clear that their position is to unseat the Gambian leader if he failed to honour the three- year agreement period. Additionally, the Jotna movement took an uncompromising stand by giving an ultimatum to the President…
Jallow said the issue topped deliberations during the last adjournment debate as a good number of Parliamentarians have asked the Jotna movement to come up with a declaration clearly laying out that they want to make a putsch.
“I think what we should do is to embrace the core values of democracy and rule of law,” he remarked. “But dislodging the President by force simply means a coup d’état !”
The NRP lawmaker seized the opportunity to remind the partisans of Three-Year Jotna that the President is not a signatory to the Coalition Agreement, but political parties.
“Why drawing a bead on President Barrow?” he quizzed while indicating that their move is politically motivated.
“The writings are very clear on the wall,” he said.
Meanwhile, in a statement issued on Monday and seen by this medium, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) called on activists to act within the parameters of the the law.
“Civil society organisations are encouraged to employ avenues that are governed by the laws of The Gambia and to act responsibly in their engagements and exercise of fundamental human rights,” read the news dispatch.
The country’s human rights body reminded the State of its primary responsibility, stating that it “bears the primary obligation to respect, protect and fulfill the fundamental rights of everyone living within its jurisdiction without discrimination or any other considerations.”
Written by Abdoulie John
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