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Fisherman ends testimony in Waa Juwara and co trial

Apr 10, 2014, 9:19 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

A fisherman, Dembo Bojang, yesterday ended his testimony in the trial involving Lamin Waa Juwara, former Lands minister and two others, at the Banjul magistrates’ court before principal magistrate Hilary Abeke.

The other accused persons are Hamidou Jallow, principal lands and evaluation officer, at the said ministry, and Tamsir Onasis Konteh, a local businessman.

Responding to questions by defence counsel Sheriff Marie Tambedou,Mr Bojang told the court that the first accused person’s mother name is Ya Ida Jatta. “I am not aware if the first accused person’s mother has her own land in Tanji,” he said, adding that if the late MB Bojang and Ya Ida Jatta were discussing they would not call him, as they are his elders in the family.

He said Tanji is big village, and he would not know everybody who has a plot of land there, adding that he did mention that MB Bojang and the first accused person used to visit each other.

Further responding to questions by another defence counsel, Abdoulie Sisoho, the witness told the court that he belongs to the Bojang-kunda family who were the founders of Tanji village.

He added under cross examination that the late MB Bojang, Cherno Bojang, Ya Ida Jatta and Awa Jatta were from the same family in Tanji.

He said he had land through his membership of the Bojang clan, the founders of Tanji village. He added that all the members of the Bojang Kunda family have a plot of land by virtue of inheritance from either the father or the mother’s side.

He told the court that he was never aware of any sisters of MB Bojang who have land in Tanji.

The case was adjourned to 23 April 2014, for further hearing.