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NAWEC case continues

Nov 21, 2012, 9:16 AM | Article By: Dawda Faye

Dodou Ceesay, who sued NAWEC for breach of contract at the Kanifing Industrial Tribunal, on 19 November 2012, continued his testimony before Magistrate Dawda Jallow.

He testified that while he was at the NAWEC Bakau branch, Ngoneh Jallow, who was with Mr Juwara, asked him to give them the balance of receipts in his possession, which he did.

He adduced that they briefly checked the receipt books, adding that he was shown a computer receipt dated 18 August 2010, whose amount was D6,000 plus.

Mr Ceesay posited that he was asked who issued the receipt, and he told them to check the operator but there was another man who was with them, who said he, Ceesay, issued the receipt to him.

He added that the man said he was there with another woman.

He stated that he told Ngoneh and Juwara that he wanted to see the printout of that transaction which was different from the receipt, narrating further that he asked to ascertain those claims.

Still testifying, Ceesay told the tribunal that the printout showed who was using the machine at the time and whose password was on it, denying that he made the printout.

He posited that Juwara and Ngoneh went out for about three minutes and came back and told him to accompany the security man to the NAWEC headquarters, which he did.

He was then taken to the police, he said, adding that he was in police custody for eight days at the police headquarters in Banjul.

Further testifying, he said he was never taken back to NAWEC headquarters to meet any member of the management, stating that no member of the management went to meet him at the police headquarters in Banjul.

He adduced that he was not asked why the management should not dismiss him before he was issued with a dismissal letter, adding that he was never involved in any fraudulent transaction.

He said he never received any queries prior to his termination.

Dodou Ceesay further narrated that he was 43 years old when he was terminated, adding that he received his salary in August 2010, and that he was earning D9,600 including his allowances.

At this juncture, his pay slip for 17 July 2010 was tendered by his counsel, Ousainou Darboe.

The defendant’s counsel did not object and the said pay slip was admitted by the tribunal.

Mr Ceesay said he received the same amount as he did in August 2010, stating that he was a member of the SSHFC provident fund, and that he and the company contributed.

He indicated that he was not paid by NAWEC since September 2010, and it has not made any contribution for the provident fund.

Since 2010 to date NAWEC has never taken him to court, he also said, adding that because of the accusation, he could not apply for another job.

The case was adjourned for the defendant’s counsel, Janet Sallah-Njie, who started cross-examining Mr. Ceesay, to continue.