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UTG lecturer testifies in Dr Gumbo Touray’s case

Jan 20, 2012, 11:40 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The case involving Dr Gumbo Ali Touray, former Director of International Affairs at the University of The Gambia, UTG, Tuesday proceeded at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.

Dr. Touray was charged with the offence of giving false information to a public servant.

Testifying as the sixth prosecution witness (PW6), Dr. Abubacarr Abdoulie Senghore, a lecturer at the university, told the court that he recognised the accused person as a co-worker at the UTG.

He said there was a time when PEC parliamentarians visited the university, and they had a meeting with them at the Vice Chancellor’s office.

Dr Senghor added that they spoke of so many issues concerning the UTG, and the accused person also raised issues concerning the University.

He said that he could only remember two issues among those the accused person raised during the meeting with the PEC parliamentarians.

The first issue the accused raised was the denial of per diem when he travelled to Norway with colleagues, and the second issue was the distribution of UTG vehicles, because the newly-appointed Director of Finance at the UTG was given a vehicle and that he, the accused person had served the UTG for many years without been given a vehicle.

Dr. Senghor added that the accused person suggested to the PEC parliamentarians that he would write down his complaints and backup with other documents regarding how the University of The Gambia is operating.

The case was subsequently adjourned till 2 February 2012.

It was alleged that between March and April 2011, in Banjul, the accused person, Gumbo Ali Touray, wrote 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 at the time, and thereby committed an offence.