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Gamcotrap youth coordinator ends testimony

Aug 22, 2012, 9:36 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

Gamcotrap youth coordinator Omar Dibba yesterday ended his marathon testimony under cross-examination in the case involving Dr Isatou Touray, Gamcotrap executive director, and Amie Bojang Sissoho, programme coordinator of the same organisation.

The two women’s rights activists are standing trial at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court charged with theft.

They were alleged to have some time 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 it was not a revolving fund, but instead an Alternative Employment Opportunity (AEO) and it was 31,350euros.

Responding to another question by the prosecutor, as to how much money was involved in the women circumcisers, Dibba told the court that he could not remember off-head, but the sum was stated in the financial report.

Told that out of 31,000 Euros, Gamcotrap spent less than 5 euros, the witness said that was not correct, because the money was spent according to the proposal sent to them.

When it was put to him that Gacomtrap had no authority from the donor agency in the Kingdom of Spain to spend that amount of money on AEO, Dibba told the court that was not correct.

When shown exhibit DE2 by the prosecutor, Dibba told the court that the document was an email correspondence between the executive director of Yollocamba Solidaridad in Spain and the executive director of Gamcotrap, Dr. Istou Touray, and that the reply was also sent to her from Gamcotrap.

Further told that the purpose of Daniel’s coming to The Gambia was to conduct training on micro finance, Dibba said that was not correct as Daniel came at the end of the project in December 2009, and there was a celebration to which the Yollocamba Solidaridad sent a special representative to attend the end of project celebration.

He also said that it was never true that Yollocamba Solidaridad requested the balance of 31,000 Euros to be refunded, because the money was already spent in the project.

The case was then adjourned till 3rd September 2012.