By Yusef Taylor, @FlexDan_YT
The Gambia Parliamentary Newsletter (GPN) has issued its Fifth Edition of its monthly newsletter focusing on the National Assembly Proceedings with particular emphasis on the 2022 State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Adama Barrow and the subsequent debates.
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The Fifth Edition features a lively exchange between the Speaker and Hon Sulayman Saho who attempted to move a motion that will see the President attend the SONA Debate. Another lively exchange is captured between the Speaker and two Hon members in the article titled “You Want to Observe the Speaker”.
In contrast to this are two publications featuring the contributions of Hon Suwaibou Touray who donated over D750,000 towards his electorates and Hon Sulayman Jammeh who also supported 13 teams in Bundung with D40,000.
The GPN Initiative is created by Gainako Online News as a platform for Journalists reporting from the National Assembly and serves as a feedback mechanism for citizens to voice their concerns to their representatives. GPN is supported by the Migration Sustainable Development Goals (MSDG) Diaspora Development Fund Initiative to publish a total of 10 Editions.
MSDG Supports 10 Gambia Parliamentary Newsletters, 4th Edition Published
The month of September 2022 started with an intake of interns from the University of the Gambia attached to various departments and Parliamentarians at the National Assembly and saw Parliamentary Committees conclude their tour of the Country.
The 3rd Ordinary Session of the 2022 Legislative Year started in mid-September with the 2022 SONA of the
Nation Address by President Adama Barrow and featured debates and questions by Parliamentarians answered by Cabinet Ministers. September saw a very interactive engagement between Parliamentarians
and Victims of the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC).
The fifth edition features a Fact Check of the President’s Climate Change Claims delivered in his 2022 SONA and a series of questions raised by Representatives answered by Cabinet Ministers. An exclusive publication on a Workshop Organised by the National Human Rights Commission and Civil Society Organisations captures heated exchanges between Parliamentarians and Victims of the TRRC.
The Report by Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance and Public Accounts resulted in a resolution
from Parliament that all outstanding Imprest must be retired before 31st October 2022. The Speaker
also ruled that all Bills of the Fifth Legislature may be reintroduced. Also included in the Fifth Edition are the deliberations of the Former Majority Leader Hon Kebba K Barrow urging the Minister of Youth and Sports to resign as well as two Parliamentarians demanding the Government compensates demolished homeowners of Jabang Estate.
The second reading of the Animal Health Bill 2020 and the Gambia Public Buildings and Facilities Authority Bill 2022 were both held in late September.