EYEAFRICA TV: Washington, USA: Washington Dc has this evening ban former president of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh and his family from entry to the United States of America.
This public announcement according to the Department of State is due to Jammeh’s involvement in significant corruption as a former statesman.
“In addition to the designation of Yahya Jammeh, the Department is also publicly designating Jammeh’s spouse, Zineb Yahya Jammeh, his daughter, Mariam Jammeh, and his son, Muhammad Yahya Jammeh”, the office announced in a statement.
This move is subject to Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2018 which requires the Secretary of State to designate foreign government officials and their immediate family members as ineligible for entry into the United States in cases of their involvement in significant corruption or a gross violation of human rights.
Yahya Jammeh came to power through a military coup d’état in 1994 and was re-elected as president in 2001, 2006 and 2011, but lost to Adama Barrow in 2016. He ruled the country with iron fist.
After Jammeh went in exile to Guinea, the new government alleged that he had stolen $11.4 million and the state’s treasury was virtually empty. There is on-going Commission of Inquiry into his financial dealings and those of his associates during his time in power.
The statement reiterated United States commitment to combating corruption, increasing respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and promoting good governance globally.
“The United States stands with the government of The Gambia, its people, and civil society in support of The Gambia’s transition towards greater transparency, accountability, and democratic governance, for the benefit of all Gambians.”