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Ya Kumba Jaiteh Wins Case, Set To Return To Parliament

Ya Kumba Jaiteh has today won her case against the state and she’s returning to parliament according to a Supreme Court ruling.

In 2019, President Adama Barrow revoked Jaiteh’s nomination as a national assembly member, a decision Ya Kumba said is unconstitutional, arguing that the president had no powers to revoke the nomination.

Ya Kumba was one of five people nominated into the National Assembly by President Barrow after the 2017 legislative elections.

She served in the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Local Government and Lands Committee of the national assembly.

    Ya Kumba Jaiteh at the supreme court building in Banjul

She is also a member of the Female Lawyers Association of Gambia, an organization which aims to change laws in The Gambia concerning domestic violence, freedom of expression, and equal participation for women in policy-making bodies.

“Her victory is also a victory for Gambian democracy, “said Ousman Touray. “I feel proud of my judicial system today as a Gambian.”

President Adama Barrow in March 2019, nominated Foday Gassama as Ya Kumba Jaiteh’s replacement at the National Assembly.

Ya Kumba is also a member of the United Democratic party, whose leader Ousainou Darboe took to twitter to congratulate her.

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  1. […] However, President Adama Barrow appointed three more women in Mariam Jack Denton as the Speaker, Ndey Yassin Secka from the Disabled Society and Yakumba Jaiteh of the UDP. Although President Barrow increased the ratio of women in the NA he later lost a court case seeking for the removal of Ya Kumba Jaiteh whose seat was temporarily occupied by Foday Gassama. In the end, Ya Kumba Jaiteh managed to reclaim her seat after the court ruled in her favour. […]

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