The corrupt Barrow State House has sealed another major deal, Freedom Newspaper can reveal. The latest deal has to do with the Ocean-Bay Hotel, which was under receivership during the Janneh Commission. The Hotel had been subjected to two receivership during the concluded Janneh Commission. Now, the Mangkamang-Kunda rookie and power intoxicated jester has decided to use an official of the Independent Electoral Commission Malleh Sallah to help manage the Ocean Bay hotel.
A company linked to Mr. Salleh called the Leisure Group has been contracted to manage the Ocean Bay Hotel, according to sources reaching this medium.
An internet research conducted by the Freedom Newspaper has revealed that “In the span of half a decade, The Djeliba Leisure Group has distinguished itself by becoming the most successful, far reaching and reputable hospitality group in The Gambia (The Smiling Coast Of West Africa). Since it’s inception Djeliba Leisure Group has been able to set up a wide range of businesses, which include Djeliba Hotel/Apartments, The Poco Loco Beach Club, Sitanunku Lodge and most recently Djembe Beach Resort which was inaugurated on the 18th of September, 2015. At Djembe Beach resort we take pride in guaranteeing the comfort of our guests. Communicating With our guests ranks highly on our list of guiding principles.” (Source: http://www.djemberesort.com/about.html).
The company also had ties with NorrGam. http://www.norrgam.com/contact-us/ It has offices in Sweden as well.
The State House’s decision to award the receivership of Ocean Bay Hotel to the Leisure Group without public tender has raises eyebrows in some quarters. The IEC Deputy Chairman Malleh Sallah was granted the contract to house the hosting of the Janneh Commission at his Djeliba Hotel. The Commission’s proceedings were held at the Hotel. That contract was also not tendered.
Now political analysts are concerned about what they called a possible conflict of interest—given Sallah’s role and position at the election Commission—the IEC. He is the number two man at the IEC. If the current IEC Chairman is fired or retired, he is likely going to succeed him. Analysts believed that Sallah’s credibility to host a transparent, fair and credible elections is questionable—given his business relationship with the Barrow status quo.
Mr. Sallah and the State House could not be reached for immediate comment.