GAMBIA: JOKADOU IS NOT FOR SALE—OUTRAGED RESIDENTS TOLD LANDS MINISTER MUSA DRAMMEH, AS RESIDENTS ACCUSED DRAMMEH OF ALLEGEDLY RECEIVING BRIBES TO REPLACE A RESIGNED CHIEF!

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Gambia’s Lands Minister Musa Drammeh is coming under fire, as residents of Jokadu District, have accused him of abdication of duties, abuse of office, and foot dragging in filling the vacant seat of the Jokadu District Chieftaincy, Freedom Newspaper can report. The former District Chief had resigned from his post about one year ago. One Matar Saho Gaye has been asked to serve as an acting Chief.

Writing to the Freedom Newspaper, Modou Jobe, a resident of Kerr Jarga, has accused Minister Drammeh of alleged bureaucratic red tape. He says Drammeh has been deliberately delaying the replacement of  the resigned former Chief.

“Pa, allow me, to expose the local government Minister Mr. Musa Drammeh for being the alleged most corrupt Minister in Barrow’s government. Pa, if you could recall, the then Chief of Jokadou did resigned and since then, up to date, he is unable to replace him because of the bribes he is collecting from those who applied for the position,” Jobe has alleged.

According to Mr. Jobe, Minister Drammeh’s apparent failure to do his job, has resulted in some kind of dispute among villagers.

“He has caused a lot of division in our District, especially our village Kerr Jarga, as there are about 3 applicants from the village including the brother of the ex-chief. It is to the knowledge of many that because of the bribes he has allegedly collected, he is delaying the appointment of a new chief to replace Mr. Matar Saho Gaye, who has been acting for more than a year. His alleged corruption is likely to cause problems between the Jobens and Gayens,” Jobe warns.

Jobe says even though President Barrow had recommended for someone in the community to fill the vacant post, the Local Government Minister, is allegedly dragging his foot on the Presidential directive. He informed Drammeh that Jokadu is not for sale.

“Our Jokadou is not for sale, so, let him not allow his individual interest to bring division within our District. We can only have one chief at a time, so collecting bribes from our people will not help but rather only bring disunity within Jokadou,” he further warned.

Lands Minister Musa Drammeh could not be reached for comment at press time.

Below is Modou Jobe’s letter.

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Dear Pa,

First of all, allow me to thank you for your valuable contribution in the development of our dear country The Gambia. You have been the only neutral and consistent newspaper and radio that doesn’t compromise your integrity.

Pa, allow me now to expose the local government Minister Mr. Musa Drammeh for being the alleged most corrupt Minister in Barrow’s government. Pa, if you could recall, the then Chief of Jokadou did resigned and since then, up to date, he is unable to replace him because of the alleged bribes, he is collecting from those who applied for the position.

He has caused a lot of division in our District, especially our village Kerr Jarga, as there are about 3 applicants from the village including the brother of the ex-chief. It is to the knowledge of many that because of the alleged bribes he has allegedly collected, he is delaying the appointment of a new chief to replace Mr. Matar Saho Gaye, who has been acting for more than a year. His corruption is likely to cause problems between the Jobens and Gayens.

Pa, it is high time the president to replace this corrupt and greedy minister, who is bent on allegedly taking bribes for carrying his official responsibilities.

It is under good authority that I heard the president has already recommended the person to be appointed for the position, but due to the bribes he has collected, it is getting difficult for him to do the appointment because he has already allegedly collected bribe.

Pa, we fought hard in exposing nepotism and corruption in Jammeh’s time, but it is with great disappointment to see what we have fought for to remove Jammeh is resurfacing.

Our Jokadou is not for sale, so, let his individual interest brings division within our District. We can only have one chief at a time, so collecting bribes from our people will not help but rather only bring disunity within Jokadou.

A word for the wise is enough!!

My regards

Modou Jobe

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