The Gambia government today announced the setting up of a Commission of Inquiry to “look into the management of some of the Public Enterprises as well as the assets and financial transactions of the president Yahya Jammeh and some of his associates.”  The Commission is headed by a veteran Gambian lawyer Suharata Janneh.

President Adama Barrow, speaking at the swearing in ceremony of the Commission members said: “Let me start by praising the almighty Allah for yet another significant milestone in our journey towards the consolidation of democracy, good governance, human rights and national development.”

“We have just witnessed the swearing in of the Chairperson and Members of this special and long awaited Commission of Enquiry that I established in line with Section (200), sub-section (1) of the 1997 Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia. This Commission is mandated to look into the management of some Public Enterprises as well as the assets and financial transactions of the former President, Yahya Jammeh and some of his associates,” Barrow added.

The Gambian leader said there will be no witch hunting during the Commission’s investigation into the former government’s past financial activities.

“I have full confidence that the Commission will, in its impartial deliberations shed light on the allegations against the former President and associates. The Commission is not established to witch hunt anybody but to investigate allegations of abuse of office, mismanagement of public funds, and willful violations of the Constitution,” Barrow remarked.

Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai

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