Mar 28, 2012, 1:34 PM
One Modou Suwa, former staff of the Office of the President, was recently cross-examined before Justice Emmanuel Nkea of the Special Criminal Court in Banjul.
Modou Suwa, who was being tried on charges of economic crime, under cross-examination confirmed he had signed a bond with the Government of The Gambia.
He explained that because of the delay, he had to return in 2006, instead of 2004/2005, adding that from June 2005, he stopped receiving allowances.
He also said he should have returned in 2006 but he returned in 2012.
DW1 told the court under cross-examination that the intention of the Personal Management Office (PMO) was to train him and build up his capacity and come back to The Gambia.
He admitted that he did not return as intended by the government, saying that when “you plan for a project you also plan for money and time.”
Mr Suwa added that in a project, when timeline is lost, the project also suffers loss.
The witness adduced that he had a certificate for his master’s programme in Manchester University, but the late payment of his tuition fee was not his fault and the form that he executed “does not state specifically” when he should return to The Gambia.