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Revelations in BCC’s case

Jul 3, 2013, 11:25 AM | Article By: Dawda Faye

Lamin Sanyang, who has sued the Banjul City Council (BCC) at the Kanifing Industrial Tribunal, on 1 July 2013, made startling revelations about alleged fraudulent practices he had discovered at the council.

These revelations were made before Magistrate Jobarteh, chairman of the tribunal, and his panelists, Cole and Njie.

Lamin Sanyang is claiming a declaration that his dismissal by the defendant was unlawful.

He also claimed payment of financial entitlement up to retiring age of 60 years, damages for breach of contract, interest at the rate of 25 per cent per annum from 5 April 2012 to date of judgement and thereafter statutory interest of 4 per cent to date of final liquidation, and costs.

Mr Sanyang was being led in his evidence-in-chief by his counsel, Sidney Riley.

Mr Sanyang, the plaintiff, told the tribunal that some shopkeepers at the Albert Market made some payments to BCC revenue collectors but the exact amount of money was never recorded in the collection cashbook.

He testified that during his inspection as a revenue collector, he went to many shops and found out that most of the shopkeepers had paid for one year and he recorded the receipt numbers and the amount from the shopkeepers, adding that he came back to the office and collected all the collection cashbooks.

Sanyang adduced that he found the original receipts and the amount paid and recorded in the collection cashbook did not tally.

He further said the Albert Market spot checking report inspection was given to him to identify, which he did, adding that he compiled the documents.

He posited that he gave one to the Accounts Officer and retained one, further stating that he compiled the documents from the shopkeepers with their receipt numbers and verified them in the collection cashbook payment.

Sanyang testified that Talbatu Alimi, a shopkeeper, made a payment of D3,025 and was issued with a receipt whose number was 0645474 dated 8 March 2010.

He said D275 was recorded in the collection cashbook and there was a difference of D2,750.

He adduced that Omar Jallow, also a shopkeeper, paid an amount of D7,400 and was issued with a receipt numbered 0474863 and there was no date on it.

D6,500 was recorded in the collection cashbook on 3 February 2010, and there was a difference of D900, he posited.

Sanyang stated that Omar Hydara, another shopkeeper, made a payment of D1,350 for three months on 21 June 2010, and was issued with a receipt whose number was 0653117 but D900 was recorded in the collection cash book, and there was a difference of D450.

He said Sulayman Hydara, a shopkeeper, on 17 February 2010, made a payment of D5,400 for January to December but D450 was recorded in the collection cashbook, making a difference of D4,950.

All the receipts were tendered by Mr Sanyang’s counsel and they were admitted by the tribunal.

The defendant’s counsel, Edrissa Sissoho, was not present in the tribunal to challenge the admissibility of the receipts.

The case was adjourned till 16 July 2013.