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In Gumbo Touray’s case Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor cross-examined

Dec 2, 2011, 1:38 PM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

Dr. Omar Jah, acting vice chancellor of the University of The Gambia, was yesterday cross-examined by the defence counsel in the ongoing false information case involving Dr Gumbo Touray at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.

Testifying under cross-examination, Dr Jah told the court that he could not precisely remember the date, but the University of The Gambia received a report from the Gambia Public Procurement Agency (GPPA).

At that juncture he was given the report “exhibit G”, and Dr Jah said he remembered seeing the document before.

When asked by defence counsel whether he had seen any investigation report by the NDEA, Dr Jah said he did not see any investigation report.

Dr. Jah denied being paid D10,000 for leading the prayers during one of the graduation ceremonies of the University of The Gambia.

He added that he remembers giving a statement at the NDEA about the matter.

He said the University of The Gambia has convocational committees for both the Christians and Muslims and he was assigned to lead the Muslims committee, and that was long before he became vice chancellor.

Dr Jah also said he remembers that he requested many times for travel clearance, and last February 2011 he travelled to Thailand.

At that juncture, the defence counsel applied to the court for an adjournment to allow Dr Jah to provide the court with the original travel documents to Thailand.

Dr Jah told the court that it had been a long time, but he would search and if he find the documents, would bring them to the court.

The case was adjourned till 13th December 2011.

Dr Gumbo Touray was alleged to have written a petition to the office of the president, stating that the Vice Chancellor of the University of The Gambia, Professor Kah, is bent on employing his relatives at the University of The Gambia, which information he knew to be false and thereby committed an offence.