EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: State House press director’s denial of Mansa A Sumareh being neither the chief driver nor a driver at State House, some two weeks ago has fall sort of accuracy following an Eye Africa TV investigation that led to the interception of an August pay slip bearing Mr. Sumareh’s name as chief driver.
The slip, dated 1st August, 2019 with Serial/ Code number: 5320AA1B, available to EyeAfrica TV shows that Mansa is paid for his service as a Chief Driver at the Office of the President for the month of August.
On September 3, State House wrote a release, falsifying the Standard Newspaper for referring Mr. Sumareh as chief driver of the presidency, saying he is neither chief driver nor a driver of the president. “Mr. Sumareh ceased being the chief driver of the head of state since November 2018,” the released sign by the State House press director Amie Bojang-Sissoho stated.
Mansa Suwareh had earlier insisted in several interviews that he is still a staff at State House and precisely the chief driver. He came into public test when his name was implicated in an August diplomatic passport fraud saga at the country’s foreign affairs ministry.
The up-to-date pay slip of Mansa A. Sumareh as Chief Driver at the Office of the President suggests that the presidency is engulfed in publicity stunt likely to mislead the public from the reality.
In a payment slip dated the 1st of August, 2019 with Serial/ Code number: 5320AA1B, available to EyeAfrica TV shows that Mansa is paid for his service as a Chief Driver at the Office of the President of The Gambia.
Apart from the basic salary, Mr. Sumareh’s earning include travel allowance, and civil servant special allowance that runs across the board.
Following the mentioning of his name in the August diplomatic passport saga, Mr. Sumareh told Eye Africa, “I was neither arrested nor questioned by any security agency regarding such matter.”
Two officials of the Foreign Affairs Ministry were first confirmed to arrested by police for their involvement in illegal issuing of diplomatic passports to individuals, but neither the police no the ministry could disclose their names for two weeks. Three of them were reported to have been involved in the saga but the third person, who traveled outside the country before the incident was unfolded is still at large.
Several names were later mentioned, including a senior protocol officer at State House, immigration officers and a Nigerian national in the deal and were invited by the police for questioning.
Illegal issuing of national documents such as passport is criminal offence under The Gambian constitution. Those alleged involved in this crime are likely to face charges of fraud.