Gambia sliding back to dictatorship – Hon Ceesay

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By Juldeh Njie

The National Assembly member for Serekunda West, Madi Ceesay has claimed that The Gambia is seemingly sliding back to dictatorship.
“It is increasingly likely that with the current lack of respect for the constitution and the issuing of executive orders, we may go back to the dictatorial tendencies of the past. You cannot find any executive orders in a proper democracy,” Honourable Ceesay stated. He said the system is also turning a blind eye to the current economic situation in the country.

He went on: “They have been telling us that they inherited a very poor economic situation in this country but they keep expanding the size of our cabinet and the embassies in the world. Why can’t the government combine some ministries together and make some savings?”
Madi Ceesay also said presidential delegations to foreign countries should also be downsized if the government is interested in looking after the economy.

Mr Ceesay said also addressed the issue of rent, calling for action to stop landlords from taking advantage of tenants by asking for unreasonably high advance payments.
Honorable Ceesay repeated his criticism of the decision to award the ID Card contract to Semlex. He said the exercise should be decentralized because people pay a lot in transportation to come to the only issuing place in Kanifing.
Mr Ceesay, a former journalist, also called for the removal of draconian media laws in The Gambia.