#Headlines

Defence Counsel cross-examines PW1 in Gam-petroleum case

May 12, 2022, 11:25 AM | Article By: Adama Tine & Ali Jaw

The defence counsel yesterday cross-examined the first prosecution witness in the case involving two ex-employees of Gam-petroleum.

Testifying under cross-examination, Amadou Keita, the senior finance manager and acting general manager of Gam-Petroleum, testified that he was aware that the Gam-Petroleum has discretion to allow OMCs to lift fuel in excess of what they have stored.

 

However, the defence counsel put to Mr. Keita that there have been instances where such occurred and that it was stated that when OMCs are allowed to uplift in excess of their (fuel) entitlement, the OMC is obliged to replenish or replace the stock (fuel) within the days or one month.

The witness agreed, but also argued that it is the responsibility of the Gam-Petroleum employee who allowed the OMC to lift in excess to ensure replenishment (replacement).

"But you said it is the responsibility of the person who allowed the OMC to uplift to make a follow-up, but will you agree with me that if the OMC didn't replenish the fuel before the end of the month, that will be a breach of contract," he asked the witness, who affirmed the counsel's point.

The witness admitted that it is the responsibility of the board of directors of Gam-Petroleum to take legal action against OMCs on negative balance in breach of contract.

However, the counsel put it to the witness that the problem of this negative balance has been there for a long time, even before he (the witness) joined Gam-Petroleum.

"As far as I know, I have never had access to stock records until when I was appointed general manager," the witness responded.

"In fact, I am putting it to you that this problem came up at the Janneh Commission in both heavy fuel and other fuel, such as light fuel," the defence counsel reacted, but the witness said he was not aware of that claim. 

The counsel told the witness that even in board meetings held by the Gam-Petroleum board, there has been discussions and deliberations of outstanding debts on negative balances before January 2021 to 31st October 2021.

Read Other Articles In Headlines
IOM v3
Gambia launches maiden Migration Policy
Dec 28, 2020, 12:02 PM

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the government of The Gambia Wednesday launched the first national migration policy (NMP) at the international conference center in Bijilo.

Barrow and YBK v3
Barrow meets YBK representatives
Aug 24, 2021, 1:35 PM

State House, Banjul, 23rd August 2021: During a meeting with Representatives from YoroberiKunda (YBK) in the Central River Region over the weekend, President Barrow announced that the Government will distribute 80 ambulances amongst all constituencies in the coming weeks.

Covid-19: Gambia registers no new case
Nov 20, 2020, 9:52 AM

The 198th national situation report since the confirmation of the first case of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in The Gambia, on the 20th November 2020 has indicated the registration of no new case.

barrow 3 d
Barrow to address Assembly on State of the Nation
Sep 9, 2020, 12:47 PM

The president of the Republic of The Gambia on Thursday 17 September 2020 will address the National Assembly on State of the Nation, according to a dispatch from the Office of the Clerk of the National Assembly.