>> A gift of 57 pick-up trucks to the Gambia's members of Parliament. But there's a problem.>> I want to know where it comes from.>> It's not entirely clear who gave them. And that's raised concerns that the vehicles could be a bribe which risks compromising the government of Adama Barrow, elected as President less than a year ago.
Critics say the anonymous donation came from a wealthy businessman seeking secure government contracts. And some Gambian lawmakers have refused to use the trucks.>> What is the motive? A wealthy businessman supporting us with vehicles? No I wouldn't take that. I will not take any donation from any wealthy businessman as a national assembly member.
That is bribery.>> But this MP says the pickup will help him perform his duties better. I have a different opinion from them, whether I know the source of not. I need the vehicle, and I am using it in the interest of The Gambia.>> After being sworn in to office in January, President Barrow vowed to reinvigorate the Gambia's economy, following two decades of dictator Yahya Jammeh's rule.
Barrow's spokesperson said in a statement that there is nothing sinister about the gift. Describing the donor as a philanthropist who supported the president during his campaign. But Parliament remains divided, and there are plans to debate the issue further in December.