Greetings All, (writing in a hurry)
The formidable lawyer Hawa Sisay-Sabally has done it again by winning another major supreme court case. I have just been reliably informed that the Supreme Court of the Gambia has today, ruled that the National Assembly violated the constitution when it amended and allocated D54.4 Million dalasis as loans to parliamentarians. The action taken by the National Assembly has been declared “null and void” by Gambia’s Supreme Court and further struck it out from the 2021 budget.
Civil society organizations (CSOs) in The Gambia – Gambia Participates and the Centre for Research and Policy Development to be precise – have asked the Supreme Court to stop the disbursement of the D54.4 million to some National Assembly Members as loans. The legal case was brought against the Clerk of the National Assembly and others and the Civil Society organisations have won today. It was also ordered that if the loans were already disbursed, they are to be returned immediately to Government.
This is a very encouraging piece of news. It seems the civil organisations in the Gambia are moving in the right direction at last and deserve commendation. These generations of activists have understood that actions speak louder than words and as such, they are now taking a proactive approach to the issues, to better serve their clients. It is healthy for our fledgling democracy to see civil society now going to court to advocate for what is right rather than just making statements. I’ll share the full judgement as soon I have received it.
Forwarded by a concerned Gambian