Imam wants death penalty in Gambia’s ‘new Constitution’

As the public consultation of the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) continues in North Bank Region of the country, the Imam of Madina Serign Mass, Lower Nuimi District has stated that death penalty should be maintained in the new constitution.

He was speaking on Tuesday at day two of the ongoing consultation tour by the CRC.

“Murder cases are on the increase in the country. Therefore, death penalty should be maintained. If you kill someone you should be killed, and if you steal, your hand should be cut.”

For his part, Momodou Samba, said an individual who kills someone deliberately should be sentenced to death.

Ousman Leigh, said two term limit should be included in the new constitution.

He said there should be an age limit as well, suggesting it should be from 35 to 65 years of age. According to him, Diaspora community should only vote in presidential elections. However, he added that they should not be allowed to vote in the National Assembly and Local Government elections.

Chiefs and governors should also be voted in and not appointed.

Modou Sarr, of Madina Serign Mass said the people should know philanthropists and donors that support the president. He added that political parties should be exempted from the scrutiny over their sponsors.

Speaking earlier at Fass Njaga Choi, regional governor, Ebrima Dampha, held that the death penalty should be abolished in the new constitution. However, he was quick to assert that punishment for individuals that kill people deliberately should be considered in the new constitution.

Sheriff Misba Hydara, former lawmaker for Lower Nuimi however held that the president should not appoint the Director of Public Prosecution and that individual should be independent. He further held that regional governors, chiefs and alkalolu should not be elected but appointed in line with tradition.

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Source: The Point newspaper

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