Opinion: I believe Vice-President Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang . Foreign Minister Dr. Tangara is not convincing!

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Title:  I believe Vice-President Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang . Foreign Minister Dr. Tangara is not convincing!

I would like to start by thanking Kerr-Fatou for the wonderful and insightful interview they conducted with VP  Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang. The interview was well done and thanks to it, we were able to hear  Mrs. Tambajang, for the first time, explain in details the reason of her sacking  from the vice presidency.  Mrs. Tambajang’s revelation that Dr. Mamadou Tangara, the current Minister of Foreign Affairs and Gambian Abroad, plotted to have her removed from office is just mind-blowing.

For Gambians who have not yet watched Kerr-Fatou’s interview with Mrs. Tambajang, here is a clip of  the full section  where  Dr. Tangara is accused is serious wrong-doing  of theft,  false denunciation, and utter dishonesty.

As a Gambian living in The United States of America where Dr. Tangara has served, for years, as the Gambian Ambassador to the U.N, I have heard from other fellow Gambians and read a lots from online media about the latter.  

Mrs. Tambajang’s clear and straight-to-the-point  narration of  how she was removed from the vice presidency  is coherent, truthful, and above all  very damning against Dr. Tangara.

By naming His Excellency President Adama Barrow as the person who told her  Dr. Tangara and Ousainu Darboe advised  her firing, Mrs. Tambajang , who enjoys the reputation of being a truthful and straight-shooter,  proves her sincerity.

How on earth would Mrs. Tambajang name H.E President Barrow in a fabricated story  without fearing the consequences of such an action, particularly at a time when she enjoys cordial relations with him ?   Why hasn’t The State House reacted to Mrs. Tambajang story to deny it ?   Why Dr. Tangara, who almost took a week before responding in writing, publish the receipts of the car rentals and all other expenses related to the VP trip ?  Why did Dr. Tangara handle the money allocated to the VP while the mission has a financial attaché?  How on earth would an American car rental company refund someone $ 3,000 after duly agreeing with them on a price and charging them without any serious complaints on the cars or deficiency in customer service? Americans just don’t operate like that! ! !  What type of  car rental   would cost around $ 20,000  for two weeks ?  An exotic car like Jaguar F-Type V8 S  is rented in the USA for about $ 400 to  $ 500 day!

Dr. Tangara’s written response falls short of providing readers with a convincing rebuttal of  Mrs. Tambajang’s accusation and I strongly believe if there is a liar here, it is not the latter.

Dr. Tangara , instead of responding to the serious accusations of corruption and dishonesty leveled against him, tries to disrepute Mrs. Tambajang.  The bulk of his written response is an attempt at destroying the reputation of Mrs. Tambajang and presenting her as a bitter womanwho is angry for losing her position as vice-president of The  Republic of The Gambia.  Nothing is further from the truth.  Mrs. Tambajang is still supporting the government and contrary to Dr. Tangara’s  flagrant lie at the very first sentence of his written response  that “Since the removal of Madam Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang from office as Vice President, she made numerous unguarded and unfounded allegations against me and other public officials regarding the motivations for her removal,” Mrs. Tambajang has been very quiet about her sacking from the VP position and talked , for the first time, about Dr. Tangara’s role in her removal from power during her interview with Kerr-Fatou.

Dr. Tangara has a lot of explanation to do.   This is not the first time, we are hearing stories of corruption related to him.  A good friend of mine , government employee once explained to me how a young and very intelligent  Gambian official at the Gambian Mission at the U.N was pushed out “ and  transferred to another location because he was not accepting some of the practices  at the Mission, particularly he would not allow a female non-Gambian employee of the mission ( who is said to be very close to Dr. Tangara) to abuse the  money of the visas.  Few months after I was told about the story, I read on FeedomNewspaper : BREAKING NEWS: TANGARA PICKED SECRETARY, FAATI, AND CO NAMED IN A $30,000 DOLLARS ALLEGED THEFT CASE AT THE GAMBIAN MISSION AT THE UN; GAMBIAN MISSION IN NY ASKED TO STOP ISSUING VISAS WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT!  So, the story I was told was true!

I have heard some many other stories about Dr. Tangara, but I believe every individual’ s private life is to be respected.  I personally believe Dr. Tangara is not the right person for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Gambians need a person who is ethical and who enjoys spotless reputation to represent them in the international arena.

Mrs. Tambajang, for the work and selfless sacrifices she has done to topple a dictator and offer Gambians a clear path to democracy and economic development , will remain for ever a beacon of courage and hope for all  of us.

PS :  Courage dictates Dr. Tangara sit with Kerr-Fatou and gives his version as well as publishing the receipts related to the car rental. Until then, I believe Mrs. Tambajang is the one telling the truth.

Yassin Ceesay

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