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Gamcotrap officials trial resumes

Sep 29, 2011, 12:11 PM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The trial involving Dr. Isatou Touray, the executive director of Gamcotrap, and Amie Bojang-Sisoho program co-ordinator of the same organisation resumed yesterday before Principal Magistrate Tabally of the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.

The two prominent women’s rights activists were alleged to have, in 2009 in Banjul and diverse places in The Gambia, jointly stole the sum of 30,000 Euros being money provided by the YALOCAMBA SOLIDARIDAD of Spain.

Continuing her defence testimony, Dr. Touray told the court that she had since vehemently denied the charge against her and Amie Bojang Sisoho.

When asked by her counsel, L.K Mboge whether there was a project agreement between Yollocambai and Gamcotrap for the 30,000 Euro for the implementation of micro credit scheme, she said there was no project agreement for a micro credit scheme between Gamcotrap and Yollocabai Solidardad based in Spain.

“There was not a single document to indicate that the 30,000 Euro was about micro credit,’’ she said.

Dr. Touray added that her organization is not a micro credit organization, but instead is involved in women’s rights activities.

She noted that defence exhibit B1 was a letter in response to the Alternative Employment Opportunity (AEO), and they are absolutely denying knowing anything about the 30,000 Euro from Yollocambai to Gamcotrap.

When again asked by her counsel why in defence exhibit E some portion in it indicated D5, 000 and another D4, 600 for the compensation of 36 women circumcisers, Dr. Touray said that D5,000 was the budget allocated for each women’s circumciser, and this money was meant to be given to them, and they should advise them on how they want to spent this D5000.

She said, before the money was given to them, they discussed with them about the money, and they agreed to buy ashorbi for the celebration of the dropping of the knives.

She said that they also bought some fuel for the distribution of the ashorbi, plus the cost of sewing, and this was why the figure reduced to D4, 600.

“We budgeted for the Alternative Employment Opportunity, and Yollocambai was aware of that project. We have monitored our projects until they are finished,” she added.

At that juncture the case was adjourned to 13th October 2011, for hearing to continue.