EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Administration of the United Democratic Party (UDP) in Busumbala Constituency has given its ‘breakaway’ National Assembly Member until end of November to apologise, or face consequences.
The party said at a press conference on Tuesday that Saikouba Jarju is no longer working in the interest of the party both at the National Assembly and at the party level.
While the party calls on President Barrow to respect the Coalition Agreement of three years, Hon Jarju is supporting the constitutional five-year mandate.
Chairman of the Busumbala Constituency, Kemo Ceesay said their constituency is at the moment without a representation at the National Assembly, as their elected member is working against the values of the vary party that earned him the position.
“The party’s executive committee issued a statement that the United Democratic Party wants to stand by the agreement made by the Coalition 2016. [But] our National Assembly Member went on social media and said that he is going for a five-year mandate, which means, he is against the decision of the United Democratic Party”, he said.
He enumerated instances in which Hon Jarju would solitarily decide in opposition to the expectation of the party. Mr Ceesay announced that the Busumbala representative at the National Assembly “is suspected of parting company with his own electorate”.
Apart from the issue of the transitional term, the National Assembly Member is more engaged in supporting programmes and policies of the current president and his ‘Barrow Youth Movement’ than what the UDP has to offer.
Mr Ceesay pointed out that the parliamentarian is no longer attending important party functions such as political rallies and executive meetings and despite all reconciliation efforts with him, the situation is getting worse.
According to plan, the Busumbala UDP team will in seventeen days-time declare Hon Jarju as ‘opposition’ to the UDP if he didn’t yield to their demands.