The Chairperson of the Fatoumatta Bah Barrow Foundation and also Gambia’s Ambassador at large in charge of investment Fatou Ceesay, has clarified that the house in which the Coalition Security Team were hosted in Brufut, was allocated to them for free of charge by Mr. Dodou Whone himself. Ms. Ceesay made the clarification in a chat with this medium. She says Whone offered the house to them in the spirit of good gesture; at a time when the country was going through a political impasse. Ms. Ceesay remains grateful to Whone’s laudable gesture to the country.
According to Ms. Cessay, Whone, personally offered the house to her and Dodou Sanno, which was used to host the Coalition Security Team. She clarified that she never informed President Barrow, when she accepted the house offer from Mr. Whone. She says the President was not in the loop at the time of her and Sanno accepting Whone’s gesture.
“I never informed the President about the house that was allocated to us by Mr. Whone. This has nothing do with the President. Whone deemed it imperative at the time to help us (Gambians) at a time, when our country needed help. We appreciated his help; we are grateful for the gesture. He never asked for a dime. He offered the house for free,” she remarked.
Fatou Ceesay said she was informed about the properties that were damaged in the said house by Whone. But she adds that both Whone and his wife were stalking her on the phone, asking her to fix the damaged appliances and properties.
“I have given some money to Whone, following his frequent phone calls to me. I cannot remember the exact amount. I think Dodou Sanno has also given him some money. It has reached a time that I was becoming tired of their phone calls, particularly his wife; she kept calling my phone asking for money,” she remarked.
Ms. Ceesay also pointed out that she has never received any money from President Barrow at any point in time to give it to Mr. Whone.
“People have been calling me, saying that Whone is alleging that the President has given us D450,000 dalasis to hand it over to him. They even sent me audios of your interview with him. First, I never informed the President about the house Whone had allocated to us. Secondly, the President, has never handed money to me to give it to Whone,” she clarified.