EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Leader of Gambia’s former ruling party; Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) said the country’s current government is not showing any sign of progress because it takes too much time talking about the former president, Yahya Jammeh and his party.
Fabakary Tombong Jatta told journalists at a press conference at his Tallinding residence on Wednesday that the government was wondering in the report of the Commission of Inquiry into financial dealings during the Jammeh how former president was able to earn millions of dalasis, forgetting that “the man was a big tome farmer.”
He argued that if the exiled former president cannot earn that millions within 22 years, then all those who have been building mansions around the suburbs of Greater Banjul Areas should explain the sources of their earnings. “They asked how he got that, forgetting that the man was a big time farmer.”
Mr Jatta said those questioning Mr Jammeh’s income earning should also ask about the source of President Barrow’s which, he said got him fifty-three pickups that he gave to members of the National Assembly.
He said all those vehicles were initially insured in the name of President Barrow, but when arguments about the source popped up, it was later transferred in the names of the National Assembly Members. “Yet, all the government has to say is nothing other than Yahya Jammeh and the APRC.”
In reaction to the Commission of Inquiry report, the APRC leader said from the onset, the Commission was being managed by people who were guilty of tax evasion during the former government. He raised reservations on the independence of the Commission, noting that it did not bother to probe into any claim against former president Jammeh.
He emphasised his party’s stance is that the process of the Commission of Inquiry and the government were remotely done, and that it is not worth their trust.
He call on the UN, ECOWAS, and AU to honour the agreements they made with Jammeh that his properties will be in safe hand.