The Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs has reacted to reports that the National Assembly called off Monday’s session because of the Finance minister’s absence.

Lawmakers were expected to decide fate of the country on proposed extension of public health emergency. 

“The attention of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs has been drawn to reports online that the National Assembly canceled its planned Monday session because “the Minister of Finance failed to show up,” the ministry said in a press statement. 

“We wish to clarify that such reports are entirely false. The cancellation of the tabling of the Revised Budget took place at the direction of the National Assembly.

The statement added: “The Ministry of Finance, under the leadership of Honorable Mambury Njie, has always accorded the highest degree of respect to the august body. The Ministry shows up anytime the parliament calls; sometimes, at a day’s notice.”

The Gambia’s coronavirus cases currently stands at 24 with 9 recoveries and 1 death.

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