Gambian commission probes ex-president's spending

Inquiry hears testimony that millions of dollars were siphoned off on personal orders of former ruler Yahya Jammeh

Gambian commission probes ex-president's spending

World Bulletin / News Desk

As investigations into financial dealings of Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh entered their third week, public institutions and companies have alleged millions of dollars were taken from them through executive directives and illegal businesses.

Transactions from bank accounts, public enterprises and the State House have shown millions of dollars in public monies being withdrawn on the orders of Jammeh and paid to various individuals and companies the former president himself was affiliated with.

The nature of the revelations have shocked the small West African nation. Jammeh, a former military strongmen, ruled the country for 22 years before leaving power at the start of 2017.

Sidi Sanneh, a Gambian political activist and blogger who served Jammeh as a diplomat and minister, said the former leader should be tried for “economic crimes”.

“Anyone implicated in the illegal use of public resources must face justice. Yahya Jammeh, civil servants and Jammeh's business partners must also face justice,” Sanneh said.

Sanneh said the Gambian government should take over Jammeh’s native village of Kanilai and turn it into a military base because of his use of taxpayers’ monies in developing the small settlement.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 31 Ağustos 2017, 10:08