EYEAFRICE TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Gambia government have rejected a finding of its established Commission of Inquiry that implicated former President Yahya Jammeh’s chief of protocol Alhagie Ousman Ceesay of being a probable cause of aiding and abetting Mr. Jammeh and his wife Zineb Jammeh in the illegal appropriation of public funds.
In a 93-page report it produced based on the findings and recommendations from the 1, 600-page report of the Commission on Friday, the government however accepted that Mr. Ceesay, who continues to be the chief of protocol of President Adama Barrow, conducted several financial transactions including the receipt and collection of monies on behalf of former President Jammeh and his wife on their instructions.
The report also indicted several other former officials of Mr. Jammeh, including two of his former Presidential affairs ministers, Momodou Sabally and Njogu Lamin Bah. It also indicted former Central bank governor Amadou Colley and his first deputy governor Basirou Njie.
During the Commission’s sittings, Mr. Ceesay was found to have one-time collected one million United States dollars raw cash from the central bank which was put in bags and transported to the State House to be delivered to Mr. Jammeh.
After an unpleasant beef with Mr. Ceesay, the exiled former President once transferred him to the office of the First Lady, where he served as Deputy Permanent Secretary where he stayed until the end of Jammeh’s regime in 2016.