By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT
This brand-new edition of the Gambia Parliamentary Newsletter (GPN) features one of the most talked about Bills in the Gambian Parliament for over four years now, the Anti-Corruption Bill. This special edition highlights the journey of the Anti-Corruption Bill, some of the setbacks it faced since it was tabled in 2019 and why we need it in the first place.
Our insightful publications highlight gross corruption in the country as well as the sole conviction for corruption by the current government. Any anti-corruption enthusiast will keep this edition handy on their phones, or computers and pick up a hard copy which chronicles the 2012 Anti-Corruption Act currently in existence and why it has not been implemented.
Included in the newsletter are unpublished stories about a Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) corruption scandal reported to Parliament’s Petitions Committee and being investigated by the National Assembly and the National Audit Office. The Inspector General of Police has been quoted stating his willingness to prosecute those found wanting. Our reporters continue to follow this case.
If you ever wanted to know more about the 58 Brand New Toyota Prados that national assembly members have received costing D2.5 Million then this is the edition for you. Stunning pictures taken by our reporters who regularly visit Parliament give you a unique view with stories featuring an Anti-corruption Advocate who regularly engages Parliament on the Budget, Fiscal Transparency and the Anti-Corruption Bill.
Our chart depicts The Gambia’s Corruption Perception Index ranking and scores from 2017 to date, highlighting the nation’s battle to be crowned the least corrupt country in the world held by Denmark for years now. Looking at the government’s efforts to address The Gambia’s corruption legacy by the former administration, the Minister of Justice revealed to Parliament that over D1 Billion of Jammeh’s assets have been sold from over forty assets of the former President.
Even the media is not exempt from financial misappropriation, with the Gambia Media Committee and some seven radio stations being found wanting according to the Auditor’s Report on the use of COVID-19 funds. Leaving no stones unturned this unpublished story reveals names of stations found wanting.
Also featured in this edition are one Parliamentarian’s efforts to “empower women” in his constituency and another Parliamentarian’s recommendation to terminate the Nuimi-Hakalang Road project. Also featured are Hon member’s numerous calls for corruption to be tamed in the country and their assertations that an Anti-Corruption bill alone will not curb corruption in the country.
The GPN is supported by the Migration Sustainable Development Goals The Gambia Project.