EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: President Adama Barrow will act on his constitutional mandate to address deputies at the National Assembly as formal opening of the country’s legislative year on Thursday morning.
Traditionally, the president’s address on the state of the nation will become subject of scrutiny by members of the National Assembly in the weeks to follow.
Having this year’s state opening in the last quarter of the year, the message will likely be dominated by review of activities than plans for the year.
In it, Mr. Barrow is expected to share progress in the ongoing Constitutional Review Commission (CRC), whose preliminary report is due for this month, and the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) which is on its eight session this week.
Similarly, he could touch on the current debate on government’s stance in response to the report on the Commission of Inquiry into financial dealings of the last regime. In a white paper report that was released on Friday, the Barrow government chose to punish some close associates of the exile former President Jammeh and reprimand others for seemingly the same crime.
It is also likely that the president will update the nation on the status of his campaign promise to enact the Anti-Corruption Bill.
Without doubt, the nation remains all ears on the controversial three versus five-year presidential mandate. The president had announced in different occasions that he is determined to go by the constitutional five-year mandate instead of the coalition agreement of three years through which he campaigned.