The leader of the United Democratic Party Ousainou Darboe today addressed Gambians in a national Facebook broadcast, in which he denied evading taxes. Darboe admits that he indeed owed back taxes to the state as ruled by the Supreme court in a recent ruling, but he denied tax evasion allegations spewed around by what he calls his detractors. Darboe is said to be owing close to two million dalasis back taxes.
“Tax evasion is a criminal offense. One could be jailed for tax evasion. I never evaded taxes. I owed taxes. There is a difference between tax evasion and owing tax liabilities,” Darboe said.
The former Gambian Vice President has no intention of contesting the court ruling. He has fifteen days since the court’s ruling to file an appeal for a review to the court’s ruling.
Darboe was found liable by the Mama Singhateh Tax Commission during Jammeh’s rule. He was among the list of lawyers, the Commission had found liable for not paying their fair share of taxes to the state.
Dissatisfied with the Commission’s ruling, he filed an appeal to the High Court. The matter later landed at the Supreme Court, where a panel of judges headed by Justice Mam Yassin Sey rejected his appeal.