EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: A one-time Tourism and Culture minister of Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh has revealed to the Janneh Commission that Mr. Jammeh bought the Dunes Resort and casino for $650, 000 from David Ford in 2013.
Fatou Mass Jobe-Njie said prior to Mr. Jammeh buying the property, an interested buyer had offered to pay 1.5 million dollars but that was rejected by the owners.
She said Mr. Jammeh and Ford first negotiated the buying on 26 September 2013 on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
According to Mrs. Jobe-Njie, the Dunes was valued at 3 million dollars in 2013.
She said she was appointed managing director of Dunes on 15 May 2006 but the owners decided to shut down the entire Casino in July 2007 for poor sales. “The owners decided on selling it in January 2008 and I resigned in May 2008 and got appointment at bank PHB.”
She also said a Chinese national offered over 1 million dollars to buy Dunes but that was rejected by David Ford who later leased it for five years.
She said in 2013, Mr. Ford had a meeting with former president Jammeh. “The sale was signed by one of President Jammeh’s former Attorney General but I was not aware of any monetary transaction in the sale,” she said.