D54M loan scheme for National Assembly members unconstitutional, Supreme Court declares

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:- The Gambia Supreme Court has declared that the D54 million loan scheme for the National Assembly members is unconstitutional, according to Foroya Newspaper.

The country’s highest court said the lawmakers lack the power to create their own budget line.

In November 2020, less than two years before the end of their legislature, Gambian lawmakers raised concern among citizens when they decided to allocate the staggering sum from the approved annual estimates of revenue and expenditure for the year 2021.

The money was meant to build houses on plots of land given to them by the government of President Adama Barrow.

Later the same year, two leading CSO groups, Gambia Participates and Centre for Research and Policy Development, mounted a legal challenge on the decision of the nation’s parliamentarians.

The Gambian civil society demands that the Supreme Court issue an order that prevent parliamentarians from pocketing the loan of D54.4 million they appropriated in the 2021 national spending.

The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the National Assembly members violated the constitution.

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