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Fisherman testifies in Lamin Waa Juwara and Co trial

Apr 3, 2014, 9:13 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

Dembo Bojang, a fisherman and resident of Tanji village, yesterday testified in the trial involving Lamin Waa Juwara, former Minister of Regional Administrations, Lands and Traditional Rulers, 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.

Mr Bojang testified and told the court that he is a fisherman at Tanji village and knew the first alkalo of Tanji village, MB Bojang, as his stepfather, who passed away on 5 March 2005.

He added that MB Bojang was the Alkalo of Tanji since 1984 to 2005 after he took the alkaloship from his late brother, Malang Bojang.

Asked by the state counsel, Mam Jobe, how long Malang Bojang had been an alkalo of Tanji village, he told the court that Malang Bojang was his biological father and had been an Alkalo of Tanji for about 30 to 40 years.

Designated as the fourth prosecution witness, Dembo Bojang said he knew the first accused person, Tamsir Onasis Conteh, but he was not aware if he ever had a land at Tanji layout.

Asked by the state counsel whether there was anything that transpired between him and the latealkalo MB Bojang, the witness told the court that the later MB Bojangused to send him to carry out certain activities for him, including the verification of transfers and documents.

Further asked whether the late Alkalo MB Bojang had at anytime assigned him any land transfer for the first accused Tamsir Onasis Conteh, he told the court he was never aware being assigned by the late Alkalo MB Bojang to transfer the land to the first accused person.

He said he was never aware that the first accused person had a land in Tanji, more so the land transfered to the accused person.

Tanji layout belongs to the government, he said.

The trial was then adjourned till 9 April 2014.