Gambia: Is The First Lady Fatoumatta Bah Barrow Above The Law?

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Is The First Lady Fatoumatta Bah Barrow Above The Law?

Readers could recall that an egg was once broken by the Fatu Network, alleged that the first Lady Madam Fatoumatta Bah Barrow’s Foundation was involved in a corruption scandal as per the famous D35 Million which was said to be transferred by an unknown person/entity.

The news triggered an uprising of various Activist, campaigners and sovereign citizens. As a result, one of the leading Activist Awa Ceesay initiated a campaign against the aforementioned scandal “Fatoumatta Kodoo Lay” and that gathered the attention of so many patriots across the length and breadth of our dear motherland The Gambia. In solidarity to Activist Ceesay’s initiative, a lot of nationalists expressed their total disappointment and dissatisfaction beyond human imagination with FABB’s alleged corruption scandal. The Activism revolution rises in the quest to find answers as per the alleged D35 Million.

On a similar note, the Managing Director of Social Security Housing Finance Corporation, Mr Muhammed Manjang, was accused by the staff of the corporation for corruption, abuse of office, and nepotism. This followed a petition they filed earlier last year to the then PAC/PEC committees of the National Assembly among other relevant stakeholders. Furthermore, Manjang was asked to go on leave as the standoff between him and some staff of the corporation falls under Presidential Investigation to look into the claims against him for a better Gambia we want.

Surprisingly enough, no commission of enquiry was made public as opposed to SSHFC regarding the famous, mysterious and untold D35 Million found in FABB’s account. Besides, Section 200 (1) of the 1997 Constitution empowers the President to constitute a Commission of Inquiry and appoint one or more Commissioners to make inquiry for the public good. The National Assembly may also request the President to establish a Commission of Inquiry if need be.

Meanwhile, according to the 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International. The Gambia is the 130 least corrupt nations out of 175 countries. Corruption Rank in the Gambia averaged 115.80 from 2003 until 2017, reaching an all-time high of 158 in 2008 and a record low of 77 in 2011. Corruption is a major disease that is affecting the progress of the New Gambia. All stakeholders should put hands on deck to help eradicate corruption as far beyond Pluto. Furthermore, the Gambia belongs to Gambians both at home and abroad. Therefore, in speaking, we can make our motherland great.

Leadership is undoubtedly the ability to influence and lead by example. Besides, a rule for one should be a rule for all in the strive for rebuilding the New Gambia we want, that would one day be the last place of hope on earth.

Saidina Alieu Jarjou

Blogger/Political Activist

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