EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Gambia’s Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure said yesterday that it learned the temporal closure of the country’s leading newspaper, Daily Observer by the Gambia Revenue Authority with concern.
In a statement dispatched yesterday, the Ministry said the closure of the newspaper was due to its none compliance with tax obligations.
Last Wednesday, the enforcement team of Gambia’s revenue authority were sent to the Observer to order the staff to cease operations on closure order.
The Ministry reiterated that the move has nothing to with Observer’s editorial policy but it’s failure to pay over D17 million tax arrears owing to GRA despite several re reminders.
The statement stressed that GRA was relying on the powers conferred on it by Section 215 of the Income and Value-added Tax Act 2012 which gives it the authority to temporary close down any persist defaulter
It said GRA had expressed the hope that the temporary closure would open a window of opportunity to negotiate a way forward with the Observer Company with a view to settling the outstanding arrears.
The Ministry says it regrets the action and promised that it will be working towards an amicable resolution of the impasse that would enable the Daily Observer resume operations as soon as possible.