Former GRA boss: I was unlawfully dismissed while in NIA custody

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Former Commissioner General of Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), Baba F Trawally, Wednesday told the TRRC that he was unlawfully dismissed from his position by former President Yahya Jammeh’s administration while he was under detention at the then National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

Testifying on events leading to his arrest and detention, Mr Trawally explained that he became commissioner General in February 2007, and when he returned from a study tour in Tanzania in 2009, he was dismissed and detained at the NIA.

He testified that he received his letter of dismissal while under custody at the NIA in May 2009 and he was reinstated on 17 June 2009 which was rescinded the following day.

Born in Salikenni in Central Badibou, Mr Trawally testified that upon arrival from his studied in Tanzania, one Louis Gomez and Dembo Mbye, asked him to report to the NIA headquarters, where he met five of his colleagues, and they were all detained there for 20 days.

The 63-year-old Mr Trawally, who is the current Amir of the Ahmadiyaa Muslim Jama’at in The Gambia explained that he first became deputy director of customs and excise at GRA on 8 August 1990, following his return from overseas studies.

According to him, after 2009, he continue to work as Amir of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamat, in charge of all the activities of the Jama’at.

Mr Trawally explained that he later received a letter from the new government on August 7th 2017, stating that the period from his dismissal to his retirement date did not attract payment of salary and his services will be connected to the completion of his retirement

Written by Isatou Tamba

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