The closed Kairaba supermarket has been reopened, Freedom Newspaper can reveal. An official of the leading grocery store was questioned and released. It is not clear if he had paid any fine to the government, but reports have it that Kairaba Supermarket has been cleared to resume operations. The store was ordered reopen barely less than twenty four hours after it was ordered closed. The local business owners who had been accused of overpricing the price of their goods still had their shops closed.
The Kairaba Supermarket is a subsidiary business of Tajco Ltd, with both companies naming Husayn Tajideen as the same point of contact and manager and using the same primary business address, a Google search results has revealed. Tanjdeen and businesses have been indicted by the United States government for alleged terror funding, money laundering among other charges.
The detective, who was caught on video shouting at the Kairaba Supermarket manager is one officer Jangha. Jangha used to work at the Brusubi police post, before he was recently deployed to help monitor shop owners defying Barrow’s decree regulating commodity prices.
Jangha is a native of Sarra-Kunda. Sarra-Kunda is a Gambian village situated in the North Bank region of The Gambia. Kani-kunda is a neighboring village of Sarra-Kunda.
The Kairaba Supermarket has been set free for now, while the Brikama nine businessmen are yet to secure their freedom. Their shops are currently closed. Attempts made by the state to have them remanded in prison on Monday, failed, following the prison authorities refusal to receive the detainees. They were subsequently transported back to the Brikama police station.
Per Barrow’s Presidential proclamation, businessmen who refused to comply with his newly introduced commodity price control, risked being arrested and prosecuted. If convicted, according the proclamation, business owners would be subjected to a court fine of half a million dalasis. They would also have their business licenses revoked.