EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: President Adama Barrow Monday morning presided over the swearing-in of 11 members of the Constitutional Review Commission which is mandated to review the 1997 constitution and draft and guide the process of promulgating a new Constitution for The Gambia and for connected matters.
Held at state House in the country’s capital city, Banjul, President Barrow also met with the business community where he had a lengthy discussion with them.
President Barrow reminded the commission members that their mandate is to review the 1997 constitution, saying the bed rock of Gambia’s democracy has been tampered by the former government but a new Gambia and a new government is being born.
Cherno Sulayman Jallow, Awa Coro Ceesay-Sabally, Janet Ramatoulie Sallah-Njie, Fatoumata Jallow, Amie Joof Cole, Salimatou Touray, Gaye Sowe, Lamin Camara, Yankuba Manjang, Yankuba Dibba and Dr. Mathew 0 Jorge swore to execute their duties without fear of favour according to the laws of the country.
Chief Justice Hassan B Jallow told the commission members that the outcome of their duties would be referred to as the country’s new Law which will help in the preparation of a new frame work for constitutional governance.
Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh’s lost power in 2016 election after 22-year rule of the tiny West African nation with dictatorship. During his tenure, Mr. Jammeh disregarded the country’s 1997 Constitution until after his defeat when he wanted to bang on it to contest election result at the High Court in Banjul which failed.
Mr. Jammeh went into exile in Malabo; Equatorial Guniea after the West African regional bloc, Ecowas mediation team led by Liberia’s former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf exhausted peace mediation.
Attorney general and Minister of Justice Abubacarr Tambadou said formation of the commission is to fulfill another promise to Gambian people, tasking members to ensure giving back the country a constitution that would be authentic and can last for years.