|Dr Njogu Bah|
“Looking at the EU’s submission, we find it very insulting, to say the least; lack of respect to our independence and sovereignty,” Dr Bah said on Monday, during an extra-ordinary session of the National Assembly, convened for parliamentarians to discuss the demands of the EU to The Gambia government.
The EU has presented a 17-point demand to The Gambia government in which it is requesting the government to revise the portion of the Criminal Code that allows for prosecution on the charges of sedition, libel, false publication to a public servant within 6 months; revise laws on freedom of expression and media regulations within 24 months; review the death penalty by the National Assembly within 12 months, and review the provision of the death penalty in the element of the Criminal Code and other laws for most serious crimes within six months.
Dr Njogu Bah said the EU does not have the moral authority to demand that the Gambia government implement these changes in the laws.
“The laws of The Gambia are adequate as they are,” he says.
According to him, whatever action taken here (in The Gambia by the government), are taken within the dictates of the laws.
“They [the EU] have their own laws, but we can pinpoint many flaws in their system, they are not perfect and that is clear to all of us; in fact there is no perfect system in the world,” Dr Bah said.
By telling the government to implement these changes, the presidential affairs minister said the EU is trying to bring chaos and anarchy into the country.