EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: On account opening request from the office of Gambia’s former president, the principal banking officer of the country’s central bank this afternoon told the three-man commission of inquiry that a total of 4, 85, 936.25 dalasi was paid into the Fish landing account.
Karamo Jawara told the commission that he could not provide the opening documents of the dalasi account number 1101004892 today but would be able to bring them on a later date if the commission request for them.
Adama Barrow, president of the tiny West African State himself led the swearing of the three-man commission with a three month mandate to probe into the financial transactions of bodies and institutions in connection to their dealing with former president Yahya Jammeh.
Mr. Jawara said as stated in a letter of request from the office of the former president for the opening of the account, the purpose was to hold the account accrued.
He also testified on the national Development Accounts which, he said were all dollar accounts. He said the current status of those accounts is zero. “From the account, 374, 663.12 dollar was withdrawn for the payment of tuition fees.”
Mr. Jawara also said on September 1, 2013 an amount of US$155, 553 was paid to Sheriff Sawaneh of Competence Company as cost for maintenance of Boeing 757 aircraft. “A letter was also sent to the director of finance signed by Momodou Sabally for the withdrawal of US$100,000
When the commission’s lead counsel, Amie Bensouda said him to tell more about the Boeing 757 aircraft, Mr. Jawara said two transaction requests for fund transfer were sent to them signed by Sabally and Noah Touray, former secretary to cabinet.