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Ex-female soldier continues testimony

Aug 29, 2012, 10:04 AM | Article By: Malamin L.M. Conteh

Ms Yama Mendy, an ex-female soldier, Tuesday continued her testimony under cross-examination at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court, before Principal Magistrate Taiwo Alagbe.

Under cross-examination, Ms Mendy told the court she was among the 30 intakes of the Gambia national army, and they conducted their training at the Yundum Army Camp.

She admitted that she knew one Captain Ebrima Ngum, at the Yundum Army Camp, adding that she was not working directly under Captain Ngum.

Mendy further told the court she was dismissed because she gave birth before the completion of the two years, adding that she was not the only female soldier who got pregnant, as they were three in number.

She further told the court that Captain Ngum asked for sexual advances, stating that she gave her number to Captain Ngum when Ngum requested for her number.

She said she believed that Ngum was her senior, which was why she gave her number to him, stating that two officers who were pregnant were still in the army, and those people got pregnant before her.

“I felt it is not fair for me to be dismissed alone,” she stated.

The case continues on 30 August 2012.