Ex-inmate set-up foundation to help less privileged

Thursday, June 07, 2018

A serving member of The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) who was accused of involvement in the December 31, 2014 attack on State House during the time of former President Yahya Jammeh has created a new foundation dedicated to helping the less privileged in society.

Captain Abdoulie Jobe and his wife setup the foundation dubbed- Malick Fama initiative to support the less privilege and needy in the society. They foundation last Friday donated food items to The Gambia Prison Services at the Mile 2 Central Prison in Banjul.

During a recent interview with the Point Newspaper, Captain Jobe; who was pardoned by the current government said he was handed a life sentenced during the former regime for his alleged involvement in the December 31 attack on State House.

The hardship and bitter experienced of prison life, he said, was what motivated him to establish the foundation to extend a helping hand to the needy. “I believe that we should expect prison to be very conducive place, as it is a correction center. I am here to create awareness for people to understand that inmates need to be cared for and motivated. Going to jail does not mean someone is bad, but a mistake and to be better people in the future.”

Captain Jobe said he started his humanitarian gesture by donating food items to prisoners to complement government’s effort. “I have a lot of plan for the prison service with the help of philanthropists and NGOs to make positive change”.

Former Army chief Lang Tombong Tamba said he was in prison with Captain Jobe who had worked under him during his tenure as Chief of Defense Staff of The Gambia Armed Forces for 3 years. “I knew him as a humble, trustworthy person and a believer. His coming up with this foundation is no surprise.”

Author: Rose Zahra Gomez