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Gamcotrap case proceeds

Feb 21, 2012, 11:47 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The case involving Dr. Isatou Touray, Executive Director of Gamcotrap, and Amie Bojang-Sissoho, prgramme coordinator of the same ogainzation, yesterday proceeded at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.

Continuing her defence testimony, Mrs. Sissoho told the court that Gamcotrap did not steal thirty thousand Euros, neither did they steal any money from Yolocamba Solidaridad.

She added that they only had one project with the said Spain-based organization.

She explained that they did not have any project with Yolocamba other than the project on “Information Campaign to Fight against FGM in The Gambia”.

Mrs. Sissoho revealed that no contract document was signed by both parties other than exhibit B2, stating that she was not aware of any report they edited apart from the report they gave to Yolocamba.

She said Gamcotrap was clear that they have nothing to do with a micro-credit scheme.

DW2 further explained that she was not aware of sending any document dealing with a micro finance credit scheme, neither did they receive any complaint about the dropping of the knife event as contained in exhibit G.

When told that Ballestros Sanchez, Director of Yolocamba, seemed to be surprised that Gamcotrap was implementing Alternative Employment Opportunities (AEO), Mrs. Bojang-Sissoho told the court that she did not think they should be surprised, because anything they implemented was based on the contract they signed with them.

When asked to look at ID1 and ID2, which were pictures, Mrs. Sissoho told the court that the persons in those photos were the then finance officer of Gamcotrap, Musa Jallow, and one Omar Dibba and they were obtained by using a still digital camera.

Mrs. Bojang-Sissoho further told the court that Omar Dibba was still working with Gamcotrap, but Jallow was no more with them.

Dwelling on the ten million dalasi project, Mrs. Sissoho informed the court that they had a meeting with Yolocamba during their visit in January 2010.

She added that Ballestros Sanchez brought in the contract for 2010, but it was in the Spanish language, and Dr. Touray told her to translate it into English, which she promised to do if she comes back in February to attend the conference. 

She said she came in February, she did not bring it and they were yet to sign that contract.

The matter was then adjourned till 7 March 2012, for cross-examination.