Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has rejected a portion of the Janneh Commission report, which indicted his Chief Protocol Officer Alhagie Ousman Ceesay, Finance Minister Mamburay Njie, and former Jammeh Tourism Minister Fatou Mass Jobe, Freedom Newspaper can report. The rejection was contained in the Commission’s recently released White Paper report, which imposed a life ban on the trio from holding any government employment. The Commission also ordered the trio to pay restitution to the state among others.
In essence, Barrow, who had promised Gambia’s donor partners and the international Community of championing a solid post dictatorship democratic process and institutions, has dumped the Janneh Commission report into the Atlantic Ocean. He has decided to cherry-pick on the implementation of the Janneh Commission report by granting some form of an amnesty to Ceesay, Njie and Jobe, who had been adversely affected by the Commission report.
Alhagie Ousman Ceesay has been indicted by Commission for aiding and abetting dictator Yahya Jammeh in stealing millions of United States dollars from the Central Bank of The Gambia. The Commission’s findings to let go the likes of Ceesay from government has been declined by Adama Barrow.
Ceesay, a former Jammeh Chief of Protocol, has on two different occasions collected millions of dollars from the Central Bank, which he handed to Jammeh. He claimed that he was sent by Jammeh to receive the money on his behalf. On his first visit to the Bank, he was handed one million dollars. The Commission found that he was Jammeh’s agent to collect millions from the Bank without any legal justification.
Ceesay was Jammeh’s go to guy to stealing millions of dollars from the Central Bank. He is now in the good books of the rookie lame duck President, who is using Jammeh’s playbook to consolidate and harbor Jammeh’s former economic crime enablers.
The former Jammeh Foreign Affairs and Finance Minister Mamburay Njie has also been indicted by the Commission. Again, President Barrow has rejected the adverse findings found against Njie. No genuine explanation was given to justify the misplaced and illegitimate Presidential decision—besides the constitutional powers bestowed on him to override Commission reports.
Also vindicated by President Adama Barrow’s intervention was Fatou Mass Jobe. The findings against Mrs. Jobe has been rejected by Barrow’s government. It has been gathered that Mrs. Jobe and Co are currently managing the seized Jammeh Sindolla hotel in Kanilai.
Adama Barrow is by default legitimizing corruption. He has discriminated against folks, who have been adversely indicted by the Commission. One of them is Momodou Sabally, the former Secretary General and Presidential Affairs Minister. Sabally is a Barrow supporter, but notwithstanding he hasn’t been accorded such an intervention by Barrow.
Barrow had in the past promised to implement the outcome of the Janneh Commission to the letter. He has started backtracking from his promise. Fighting corruption is not a priority for Adama Barrow. He has proven to be comfortable having Jammeh’s economic crime family in his government.
Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai
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