GAMBIA – CRC: O.J JALLOW WANT NON-STATE INTERFERANCE IN RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS

GAMBIA – CRC: O.J JALLOW WANT NON-STATE INTERFERANCE IN RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS

Former leader of the People’s Progressive Party, Omar Jallow, says he want the institution of laws that will bar central government from interfering in religious affairs. He was speaking on Monday at the consultation meeting held at the Westfield Youth Monument, organized by the constitutional Review Communication.

In his submission to the commission, O.J Jallow recommended for the institution of laws that will ban the state from interfering in religious affairs. He says Gambians of all faiths have coexisted for centuries and thus the need to avoid creating an environment forreligious animosity.

“The Gambia was a leading example for peaceful coexistence. It doesn’t matter what faith you belonged, we were all one people living in unity. The Gambia was all that mattered to us. So let’s try and maintain the peace we have in this country. For me, I am recommending that we have strong laws embedded in this new constitution, laws that will ban central government from interfering in religious affairs. That is for our religious leaders, not government”

Weighing in on the ongoing debate forautomatic citizenship for descendants of slaves, the outspoken politician says all African diaspora returnees who are resident in the Gambia should be accorded citizenship status.

Juliet Ryan also supports automatic citizenship for African diaspora returnees.

Mathew Hippolight another African diaspora returnee who has been living in the Gambia for the past 13 years, says if automatic citizenship isn’t possible then they should be accorded preferential treatment.

Monday’s consultation exercise brought to an end the commission’s final phase of public consultations. However, the commission has announced it has extended the dateline for written submissions to the Tuesday, 31st December 2019 and is expected to present its final draft to the president in the coming weeks. CRC Chairman Justice Cherno Sulayman Jallow says they are committed to producing an all-inclusive constitution.

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