By Madi Jobarteh
Section 70 subsection 3 gives authority to the President to appoint the Vice President. The qualification for one to become a Vice President is spelt out in Section 70 subsection 1, which states that such a person must have met the qualification for a President and secondly, he or she is not a member of the National Assembly. For the qualification to be a president, Section 62 subsection 1(b) states that such a person must not be below 35 years and not above 65 years among other requirements. Hence such a person should be between these two age brackets.
Section 65 subsection 1 states the conditions in which the Office of the President can become vacant. In the event of that vacancy, subsection 2 says then it is the Vice President who shall become the President for the rest of the term of that president. And if the Vice President is not there then the Speaker of the National Assembly shall become the President for the rest of the term of that president.
We have learnt now that Chief Servant Adama Barrow has appointed Fatoumatta Tambajang as the Vice Chief Servant.
In that regard, Chief Servant Adama Barrow must pay attention to this constitutional requirement to ensure that it is not flouted. We are getting indications that Fatoumatta Tambajang is above 65 years.
For the purposes of clarity, could the Chief Servant Adama Barrow or his Servant Spokesman Halifa Sallah tell the nation if Fatoumatta Tambajang is within this age bracket or not. If she is within the age bracket, we wish her well in her new position and hope she will serve the Gambia to the best of her ability as she has always been doing. If she is above 65 years, then Chief Servant Adama Barrow need to revoke the appointment and appoint a new Vice Chief Servant who is within the age bracket of 35 and 65 years in line with the constitution.
God Bless the Gambia