Barrow gov’t accepts Commission recommendation to reprimand his finance minister, others

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EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: President Adama Barrow’s instituted Commission of Inquiry into Gambian exiled former President Yahya Jammeh and his close associates and institutions’ financial dealings have recommended to his government to reprimand several former government officials, including his current finance minister Mamburay Njie.

Mr. Njie was former President Jammeh’s finance but he was later sacked following what many believed was his disapproval of the execution of nine death-row prisoners in 2012, which rights organisation Amnesty International warned that dozens more executions could be imminent.

The commission also recommend the reprimanding of one of former President Jammeh’s protocol officer Ousman Jobarteh; Ousman Jammeh; Isatou Auber, former agriculture minister Ismaila Sanyang; Yam B Keita; one-time secretary general and head of the civil service, Lamin Nyabally; Dr. Kalilou Bayo; one-time secretary generals Abdoulie M. Sallah and Sulayman Samba. “They are hereby admonished and warned against such conduct in the future,” the report states.

It also found accountant general, Momodou L Bah responsible for the transfer of public funds from the country’s Treasury Main Account (TMA) to former President Yahya Jammeh’s APRC party fundraising account. “In the absence of any specific recommendation by the commission, Mr. Bah is hereby admonished and warned against such conducts in future.”

In august 2017, Mr. Bah appeared before the Commission of Inquiry where he denied having any idea about the Tax Recovery Accounts that was opened by the former government at two commercial banks, saying they were not featured in the government accounts.

The government however said the commission’s recommendation for the placing of the auditor general in another suitable position in government or public enterprise was not part of its term of reference but it accepts the recommendation that Skye Bank should be fined 1, 000, 000 dalasi to represent its charges and other benefits that it derived from illegal transactions by former president Jammeh.

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