Commission finds Jammeh corrupt as it discovers D18bn

Monday, April 01, 2019

The minister of Justice, Abubacarr Tambadou, said on Friday that the country’s former leader, Yahya Jammeh  stole D18, 002, 868, 789, an amount equivalent to $362, 204, 008.

This includes properties and businesses in and outside of  country. The findings were made by the Janneh Commission of Inquiry established by President Adama Barrow on 4 July 2017.

The investigation into the financial dealings of the former President Yahya in a 1, 600-page document accompanied by many more pages of transcripts of testimonies, exhibits and rulings amongst others, has found Jammeh to be terribly corrupt.

The Commission presented its findings to President Adama Barrow on Friday morning after nearly 20 months of investigation into the financial activities of former President Yahya Jammeh and his close allies.

Mr. Tambadou further said that the commission’s report exposes former President Jammeh’s financial activities ranging from complex webs of intricate and sophisticated international financial transactions that bear all the hallmarks of criminality and money laundering in particular aided by his close associates, to  ‘shameless’ acts of brazen outright thievery at the Central Bank of The Gambia.

“For instance, it has now been established that the former President alone pilfered at least D1, 065, 012, 512, (one billion, sixty-five million, twelve thousand, five hundred and twelve dalasis); $304, 718, 071 (three hundred and four million, seven hundred and eighteen thousand and seventy-one dollars),” He said.

According to him, this staggering amount of money could have had significant impact on the lives of the ordinary people in The Gambia ranging from the areas of health, education, agriculture and many other priority areas, noting that instead, the money was used to satisfy the pretentious and delusional lifestyle of an egoistic megalomaniac acts that were both unconscionable and criminal.

He added that the Commission was also able to generate income for the State in the course of its work totalling D100, 617, 442 (one hundred million, six hundred and seventeen thousand, four hundred and forty-two dalasis) discovered from hidden accounts at local commercial banks and the sales of recovered tractors and other items

The work of the Commission, he said, should not be measured in monetary terms alone, as they (the Commission) have now established the claimed 281 landed properties of the former leader in the country and also the D1, 404, 000 (one million, four hundred and forty thousands) value of Jammeh’s Kanilai assets as well as the freezing of his Potomac residence by US authorities.

The Gambian leader Adama Barrow while receiving the report said that his government will stand firm in implementing the recommendations of the report without fear or favour.

Surahata Semega Janneh, Commission’s chairperson said that when they embarked on the job on 12 July, 2017, hardly did they expect it to go on for almost twenty months; however, he noted that the report bears witness to the enormity of the task they faced.

“The volume 3A deals with Jammeh’s landed properties located throughout the length and breadth of the Gambia and 3B deals with General Sulayman Badjie’s properties in the Kombos,” he disclosed.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara