20 May 2014
Gambian lawmakers in the capital city Banjul unanimously ratified the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), with a strong call for multilateral action to curb what they called “the menace of this social vice”. The motion was tabled before members by the Interior minister, Ousman Sonko.
Reacting to the motion, the National Assembly member for Upper Nuimi, Hon. Mam Cherno Jallow, said corruption could lead to terrorism, hence calling for collective efforts to combat the menace. Crediting the Jammeh administration for intensifying efforts in making sure that corruption becomes an issue of the past in the country, Jallow stressed the need for attitudinal change.
The Tumana lawmaker, Hon. Netty Baldeh, equally called for collaborative efforts to end corruption, saying it has been a retarding factor for many a developing nation.
The Majority leader and member for Serrekunda East, Hon. Fabakary Tombong Jatta, said that corruption undermines democracy and the rule of law, calling for concerted efforts to cut its ugly head. “It takes the quality of life from an ordinary person and it is a serious threat to human security,” the veteran lawmaker argued.
Read the story by Bekai Njie and Alieu Ceesay in Daily Observer.