‘Instructions from President’s Office could not be questioned’: Central Bank official tells Commission

Friday, August 18, 2017

Karamo Jawara, Central Bank principal banking officer yesterday told the commission of inquiry into the assets and financial transaction of the former president Yahya Jammeh that instructions from the Office of the President could not be questioned.

Continuing his testimony on the Carnegie Mineral Mining accounts, he said that on 18 November 2014, D298,392.50 was withdrawn, adding that D1,179,528 was also withdrawn on the same date.

He stated that D298,392.50 and another D298,392.50 and D736,151.85 were withdrawn under the instruction of the Office of the President.

An amount of D3,000,000 was withdrawn and paid to TK Motors on 26 November 2014, adding that D1,192,654.32 was paid on 2 December 2014, for payment of tution fee for Ndey Basin Jobe.

A sum of D24,110 was withdrawn and paid for an air ticket for Kadijatou Hydara on 4 December 2014.

He said D897,682.05 was withdrawn and paid for Alagie Darboe’s tution fee on the same date.

A sum of D429,842.70 was on 9 December 2014, withdrawn and paid for tution fee of Sarja Badjie, he testified.

On 18 December 2014, D120,275 was withdrawn and paid for the tution fee of Ndey Basin Jobe. Haruna Saidy’s tution fee to the tune of D357,970 was paid from Carnegie withdrawal, according to him.

He said D357,970 was withdrawn and paid for tution fee of Haruna Saidy on 29 December.

On 7 January 2015, D362,763 was withdrawn and paid for Fatou Jasseh’s tution fee, adding that D362,763 was withdrawn and paid for Abdoulie Badjie’s tution fee.

On the same date, he said, D362,763 was withdrawn and paid for Ebrima Jatta’s tution fee, stating further that on the same date D2,442,888.72 was withdrawn and paid for Ebrima Jatta’s tution fee and that of Fatou Jasseh and Abdoulie Badjie.

The sum of D362,763 was withdrawn and paid for Abdoulie Badjie’s tution fee on 8 January 2015, he testified.

He stated that on the same date D782,430 was withdrawn and paid for Banie Chapman’s tution fee.

He said that on 9 January 2015, D52, 225 was withdrawn and paid for Abubacarr Darboe’s air ticket.

On 31 January 2015, he adduced, D118,354 was withdrawn and paid for Banie Chapman’s tution fee, adding that D60,218.40 was also withdrawn and paid for crew salaries.

He testified that on 26 February 2015, D182, 503.50 was withdrawn and paid for Kadijatou Hydara’s tution fee, adding that on 2 March 2015, D183,534.50 was withdrawn and paid in favour of Yusupha Jabbi.

A sum of D161,977.50 was withdrawn on 5 March 2015, and paid for Ebrima Jatta’s tution fee, he posited.

On the same date D161,977.50 was withdrawn and paid for Fatou Jasseh’s tution fee.

Again, on the same date D161,977.50 was withdrawn and paid for Abdoulie Badjie’s tution fee, he added.

On 9 March 2015, D62,135 was withdrawn and paid for Amat Bittaye and the purpose of payment was not stated, he testified.

On the same date, D559,250 was withdrawn and paid for Teneng Camara’s tution fee.

D189,600 was withdrawn on 19 March 2015, and paid for Yusupha Gai’s tution fee.

On the same date, D185,079 was withdrawn and again paid for Yusupha Gai’s tution fee.

On 7 April 2015, D295,620 was withdrawn and paid for Miss Jenevi Cardos and the purpose of payment was not indicated.

On 30 December 2015, D520,000 was withdrawn and paid to Excell Construction.

Supporting documents for withdrawal from Carnegie account were tendered by the lead counsel and was admitted by the commission.

He was asked whether the Carnegie account was government account.

In response, he said he considered the Carnegie account as government account being operated in a special way.

Author: Dawda Faye
Source: Picture: The Janneh Commission on course