Barrow declines revealing source of vehicles donated to lawmakers

Barrow declines revealing source of vehicles donated to lawmakers

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow is not revealing the source of tens of vehicles given to lawmakers in what seems to be an obvious attempt not to unveil the name of the donor.

The vehicles that were donated by lawmakers was done by an individual supporter of President Adama Barrow who wants to be anonymous, Amie Bojang, spokesperson of the presidency told journalists on Thursday.

Barrow has come under criticisms after news emerged that he has donated dozens of vehicles to lawmakers, a style that critics said was reminiscent of ex-President Yahya Jammeh.

“They were from a philanthropist who supported the president during his campaign. If you can remember the two vehicles that were given to GRTS were part of the same sets of vehicles,” Bojang said.

“What happens was these vehicles came in by sets, and when the president got the first support he said he did not want to give some and deny others. So when everything was completed, that’s time the handing over was done.”

However, the donation of the vehicles despite the professed goodwill from the presidency has been curiously received by even lawmakers.

Some lawmakers have questioned the presidency to reveal the source of the vehicles, while none of the four lawmakers from the Peoples’ Democratic Organization for Independence and Socialism have taken it.

“I have not been offered and I don’t know the conditions of the vehicles nor do I know the sources or conditions in which they were given…,” Suwaibou Touray of Wuli East said.

“I am a member of the National Assembly and I should exercise an oversight role over the executive. The question is: Is it from the president or the government? I need a vehicle to do my job but I can’t take a vehicle source of which I don’t know…”

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