EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Gambia’s former ruling Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) party has accused President Adama Barrow’s administration of declaring the party guilty, even before any inquiry was conducted.
The party’s leader Fabakary Tombong Jatta said at a press conference at his Tallinding residence on Wednesday, that the ‘smear’ campaign against former president Yahya Jammeh was going on even on Radio stations. “The government of Adama Barrow had concluded even before the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry, or TRRC that we [APRC] are guilty,” he said.
“We as a party were unceremoniously sent out of our office. Until now, we’re not able to access our materials, [such as] air conditioners, fans …. and the government or any commission have not decided anything about it.”
Some two weeks back, government released a 93-page report that it prepared from the report of the Commission of Inquiry instituted by President Barrow in 2017 to probe into activities of individuals and institutions in connection to their financial dealings with former President Yahya Jammeh.
The report approved the Commission’s recommendation for Mr Jammeh, his former vice president and several other ministers and close associates to be ban from holding public offices for life. it also place a lien on the properties of fourteen former close associates and institutions of Mr Jammeh.
Mr Jatta said the party of the exiled former president had tried different protocols requesting for their rights as citizens of the country. He said they have written to the Justice Minister to ask for the vehicles in the name of the party and that was not honoured.
“Nobody can tell us where these vehicles are. We saw others being used by members of this government, and we even heard that some of the APRC vehicles were sold,” he said.
Mr Jatta also challenged the government on the sale of properties belonging to former president Yahya Jammeh, noting that such decision was not judicious. “We challenge Barrow to come out with a comprehensive list of articles and properties sold and to whom they are sold and how much because Gambians have right to know.”
He noted that valuable properties of the former president must have been sold at “give away prices” to friends of the government.