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Gamcotrap youth coordinator continues testimony

Aug 17, 2012, 10:42 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

 Omar Dibba, the Gamcotrap youth coordinator, yesterday continued his testimony under cross-examination in the case involving the two women’s rights activists, Dr. Isatou Touray, executive director of Gamcotrap, and Amie Bojang-Sissoho, programme coordinator of the same organiation.

The two Gamcotrap senior officials are standing trial at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court on a one-count charge of theft.

They were alleged to have sometime in 2009, in Banjul and diverse places in The Gambia, jointly stolen 30,000 euros, being money provided by the YALOCAMBA SOLIDARIDAD of Spain to GAMCOTRAP.

Mr. Dibba told the court that he has being working with Gamcotrap for eight years now as youth coordinator, adding that he was part of the project implementation, which started in 2009.

He added that exhibit B was budget proposal from Yollocamba Solidaridad to Gamcotrap and the money was sent according to the project proposal they sent to them.

He said the Alternative Employment Opportunity (AEO) was part of the additional information Gamcotrap sent to Yollocamba Solidaridad based in Spain.

The witness added that there was no project agreement between Gamcotrap and Yollocamba Solidadridad regarding a micro credit scheme.

He told the court that he replied to the email correspondence being sent by one John regarding about the micro credit issue on behalf of Gamcotrap.

He revealed that the amount budgeted for AEO was 30,000 euro, and they did not indicate anywhere in their proposal anything concerning a micro credit scheme.

Dibba said it was clearly spelt out that AEO was part of the project agreement, instead of a micro credit scheme, for which they did not have any license to carry out.

The case was then adjourned to 22 August 2012, for hearing to continue.