The Gambia’s National Assembly has on Monday expelled Hon. Demba Sambou (Independent – Niani) from the parliament for refusing to return to Banjul after attending a legislative conference in the United States.
Parliamentarians described Mr. Sambou’s decision as ‘reckless’ and said it amounts to abandonment of duty and office.
“This is also an affront and disgrace to the sovereign people of The Gambia, in particular, the constituency of Niani who trusted and voted him on an independent ticket,” said Hon. Abdoulie Jawla (APRC – Sandu).
Sambou is being held liable for a misdemeanor and contempt of parliament.
Angry parliamentarians say he has abused the privileges being accorded to them and questioned his integrity.
Parliamentarians are now calling for tougher regulations.
The National Assembly Clerk withheld Sambou’s salary and has August notified the Speaker, the country’s president, inspector general of police and the attorney general.
Hon. Sambou attended the conference together with Hon. Ebrima Solo Jammeh. Pictures of Mr. Sambou showed him standing in front of an interstate busline – Mega Bus on August 11 and a visit to the One World Trade Center in New York on August 19.