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Momodou Posted - 17 Aug 2017 : 10:38:57
Accountant General, bank managers appear before commission on Jammeh’s assets

By Dawda Faye


The Point: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/accountant-general-bank-managers-appear-before-commission-on-jammehs-assets


The Gambia’s Accountant General Momodou Lamin Bah has appeared before the commission of inquiry into the assets and financial transactions of former President Yahya Jammeh, to explain his links to tax recovery accounts with some commercial banks in the country.


Mr Bah, who served as accountant general in March 2014, was summoned in relation to tax recovery accounts at Trust Bank and Guaranty Trust Bank, according to lead counsel in the commission Amie Bensouda.

Testifying on 14 August 2017, Mr Bah said he was not aware of the said accounts, but revealed that “the accounts are in the commercial banks”.

He further posited that his office obtained information from Trust Bank but Guaranty Trust Bank was “not cooperative”, as GTBank “did not share any information” with his office.

Mr Bah, who also said he is a finance expert, told the commission that by law, no government account should be opened without the knowledge of the Accountant General.

Having worked as a consultant at the Ministry of Finance, as he adduced, Mr Bah further stated that government accounts should be domiciled at the Central Bank. No government account should be opened without the approval of the Ministry of Finance on the recommendation of the Accountant General, he added.

At this juncture, the lead counsel informed Mr Bah, who said he lives in Brusubi, that the commission would issue him with a subpoena to come back and continue his testimony.

In his testimony, GTBank’s Managing Director Bolaji Ayodele, who has before this day appeared and testified at the commission, said he had dalasi and dollar transfers of Alhamdulilai Petroleum Mineral Company Ltd he was asked to bring along.

The lead counsel then applied to tender the documents, which the commission accepted, and the said withdrawal documents were tendered and admitted.

Mr Ayodele stated that there were 43 withdrawals from the dalasi account from 2 November 2015 to 9 December 2016.

He said the foreign currency transfers were not in order, adding that the CFA transfers from dalasi was equivalent to D212,864,967.

He posited that $64,800, which was equivalent to D4,566,049.08, was transferred, adding that 19,863.25 Euros, which was equivalent to D1,067, 716.02, was also transferred.

He adduced further that foreign transfers out of the bank were as follows: on 19 July 2016, $8,230, on 29 July 2016, $60,000 from Alhamdulilai Petroleum Mineral Company Ltd to Gamcel, on 4 August 2016, $6,000 was withdrawn by Toni Ghattas, 10 August 2016, £33,000 was transferred; on 19 August 2016, $30,000 was also withdrawn, on 29 August 2016, $40,230 was withdrawn by Toni Ghattas, on 19 September 2016, there was a purchase of $20,000, on 11 March 2016, the equivalent to CFA transfer was D122,315,000 to Senegal, on 17 March 2016, CFA63,465,480 was also transferred to Senegal, on 4 March 2016, CFA 42,048,895 was transferred to Senegal, on 21 February 2017, $142,800 was converted.

Mr Ayodele further stated that an amount of $31,250, which was equivalent to D1,339,062.50, was transferred to Ecobank The Gambia and that $1,800, which was equivalent to D77,670, was also transferred to the same bank.

He said there was a withdrawal of D600,000 on 22 October 2015, from Alhamdulilai Petroleum Mineral Company Ltd to Kanilai Family Farm.

He posited that on 12 January 2016, one Alpha Jallow withdrew D5,000,000, adding that his ID card was attached but the purpose for the withdrawal was not indicated.

At this juncture, the shipment bank statement of the said company was tendered and admitted by the commission.

Next to testify was Ebrima Salla, the managing director of Trust Bank.

He said he was appointed as MD on 1 July 2016, but prior to that, he was the head of Corporate Department at the bank, adding that he was the relationship manager for 9 years.

He told the commission that he had documents with different signitories.

He posited that tax recovery accounts were opened on 1 September 2013, and that Momodou Sabally, the former Secretary General and Head of Civil Service, and Nuha Touray, Secretary to Cabinet, were signitores to the said accounts.

A letter from the Ministry of Finance dated 21 August 2013, was tendered and admitted.

Mr Salla said there was a letter signed by Nuha Touray on behalf of Momodou Sabally.

Change of signitory documents and related papers in respect of account number 100-128385-01 Trust Bank was tendered and admitted in a bundle.

He further posited that D33,822,753.88 came into the said account, and that D29,225,793.77 went out of the account, adding that D4,596,960.11 was the balance of the account.

He said that a cheque for D200,000 was paid to Gai Enterprise and signed by Momodou Sabally and Nuha Touray, adding that another cheque for D1,947,346 was on 7 October 2016, issued to Sheriff Sawaneh, a customer of the bank.

Mr Salla adduced that there was an authority signed by Momodou Sabally and Nuha Touray for the payment of D1,396,740 to Ansumana Tamba.

Mr Salla was asked by one of the commissioners whether he wondered why the tax recovery account was opened by the office of the former president and not by the Ministry of Finance.

In response, he said it raised suspicion.

Sittings continue today.


Picture: Trust Bank MD Ebrima Salla and GTBank Bolaji Ayodele
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toubab1020 Posted - 01 Aug 2018 : 15:01:34
"At this juncture, the commission adjourned sittings sine die (indefinitely), as the chairman informed that notices would be issued as to when the commission would resume."
Momodou Posted - 31 Jul 2018 : 16:04:42
‘APRC militants were told my office was not a Political Bureau’

The Point: Monday, July 30, 2018

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/aprc-militants-were-told-my-office-was-not-a-political-bureau


Mr. Alhagie Jabang, former Finance Manager at Gam Petroleum on 27th July, 2018, told the Janneh Commission that he told APRC militants that his office was not a political bureau.


He also recalled that that some former governors frequented his office as well.

Jabang was summoned in connection to donations made to the former president and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) respectively.

He told the commission that he worked for the said company from June 2015 to November 2015, as Finance Manager; saying he took over from the Finance Manager of Eagle Company, Mr. Wael Saade.

According to him, Euro Africa Group was managing the accounts of Gam Petroleum and he asked certain questions in order to acquaint himself with the finances of the institutions.

He stated that he asked them whether they had a budget among others, but they said they did not.

Jabang added that he then went to find out from Mr. Fadi Mazegi, because the initial plan was for him to work with the Euro Africa Finance Department for two weeks.

He revealed that instead of working with Euro Africa Group for two weeks, he decided to go to the Mandinary depot and started work straight.

He recalled that he used the 31st March 2015, closing balance, further adducing that a trial balance was submitted to the auditors and it was not long when the audit was opened.

At this juncture, he confirmed to the commission that he made a statement to the investigators, but could not sign it.

However, he was able to sign it when he was giving evidence. The statement dated 14th December, 2015, was shown to him, which he confirmed and was subsequently tendered and admitted in evidence.

The ex- Gam Petroleum Finance Manager said he was not specifically handed anything as inventory, noting that when he went through a list, he discovered that there was a plan and machinery, but this was a bit complex for him, as he could not identify some of the items listed. He, however, maintained that on the side of equipment, 75 computers were mentioned in the list, but he could not trace them after he tried to find out their whereabout.

Jabang further adduced that he was told that Mr. Manhat was in charge and had left the country, pointing out that they could not also see the barge mentioned in the list, a mooring boat and a tugboat.

He said he asked about tools amounting to D42, 000,000, but no one could tell him what the tools were.

On the dolphin accounting system, the witness revealed that this was the accounting system used by Euro Africa Group to manage Gam Petroleum.

“I was not given a standalone system to manage Gam Petroleum,” he said.

When put to him by Mrs. Bensouda that there was over D21,000,000 discrepancy, he said he agreed with Wael Saade. When told by counsel that he was supposed to sign reconciliation on the 19th of August 2017, he said he signed the reconciliation with Euro Africa Group.

According to him, while he was monitoring the account, he discovered that the sum of D15,000,000 was the difference and he called the attention of the General Manager and the board, but no decision was reached.

Jabang informed the commission that he told the General Manager that the situation needed to be addressed, saying this was not done till the appointment of a new board.

He acknowledged having several meetings with Eagle with regards to the D15,000,000, but they never complied and the General Manager of Eagle would refer him to Mr. Saade, who told him that if they go by the exchange rate, it would not be favorable to them.

He pointed out that the matter had been going on for long until there was a change, noting that he even suggested for a legal action to be instituted against Eagle.

Jabang recalled that on the 31st of March 2017, auditors came but the reconciliation between Gam Petroleum and Eagle was not done. This matter, according to him, was brought to the attention of the new board.

The witness further testified that he went to Eagle office to do the reconciliation and he mentioned the differences owed by Eagle, but they said they would not pay, based on the reconciliation.

At this juncture, Mr. Jabang reacted that he did not have the power to single-handedly waive the sum of D20, 000,000 owed by Eagle.

“I did not have the capacity to waive,” he reiterated. This, he went on, was why he even refused to review, and at the same time, authorize for payments.

On the donation to NIA and the former ruling party, APRC, the witness said he could recall that just before the 2016 elections, the General Manager of Gam Petroleum called him in his office and told him that the election was coming and that they should do something for the ‘big man’.

However, he said he asked the General Manager whether he spoke to the board about it, but he responded in the negative.

He testified that he told the General Manager that the money did not belong to them, pointing out that initially, the GM proposed for the sum of D10,000,000 to be given to the former president and his party, but he (Jabang) did not agree.

The GM then said he would make it D5,000,000 and when they went to the board, only one board member questioned the said sum, but the GM shifted and said that it was the Finance Manager (Jabang) who included it in the budget.

He stated that the board chairman-Mr. Edward Graham, then told him that whatever balance they had, they should pay it to the former president, but he told the chairman to give him an authorization.

According to him, they were told that they were going to the Office of the Vice President, but they ended up going to General Saul Badjie’s office, and they prepared a cheque in the name of APRC, but were later told by the then Director of NIA that it should be in cash.

He added that the former director of NIA, Yankuba Badjie, accompanied them to Saul Badjie’s office where they handed over the money.

The witness revealed that the General Manger was the interface between Gam Petroleum officials and Gen. Badjie, noting that he was instructed by the GM to give out the donations.

He stated that he informed the board that the GM should have a limit in giving out funds, adding that GM told him that whenever he authorized payments, he would not comply to do so.

He said he responded to the GM that if there were any discrepancies, Mr. Jabang, as Finance Officer, would be responsible.

He said when the matter was brought before the Board Chair, he told him that so long the GM approved, he should go ahead with the payments.

Mrs. Bensouda, at this juncture, reminded the witness that numerous donations were made to the APRC prior to the 2016 elections.

Under cross-examination by Counsel Victoria Andrews, it was put to him that Saihou Drammeh of Gam Petroleum confirmed before the commission that the boat was with Gam Petroleum.

In response, he told the commission that he enquired but no one told him where the boat was. It was again put to him that he refused a proper handing over with Eagle, and he said it was not correct. He adduced that he was the one following them to hand over, instead.

Jabang disclosed that he used to attend board meetings.

At this juncture, a document dated 20th June 2015, indicating board meetings, was read to him. He said that he wondered what records he failed to collect, noting further that as at 1st March 2015, he collected the financial reports.

Earlier, the former Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Jammeh Foundation for Peace (JFP), Sameena Azad, testified in connection to the JFP accounts. Prior to going into the details of the subject matter, she decided to put off the microphone because she did not want to reveal her UK address in public.

She added that she did not have a Gambian address.

The Commission Chairman, Sourahata Jannneh, told to her that they do not allow witnesses to talk without the microphone. However, he subsequently allowed her to write her address on a piece of paper and submitted it to the lead counsel, Amie Bensouda.

She told the commission that she became Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JFP for a brief period, saying her purpose in the country was to help the Gambian people.

She revealed that she did not apply for the position accorded to her by the Office of the former president.

Her letter of appointment in 2014 was tendered and admitted in evidence.

According to her, in 2013, she brought in some investors in certain projects but could not recall how long she worked for JFP.

She explained that when she was deputy director, one Mr. Dominic Jammeh was the Executive Director, and finally confirmed to the commission that she ceased working for JFP in 2017.

At this juncture, the commission adjourned sittings sine die (indefinitely), as the chairman informed that notices would be issued as to when the commission would resume.

Author: Dawda Faye
Momodou Posted - 28 Jul 2018 : 09:33:11
Yankuba Badjie appears before Janneh Commission over D3.7M donation to Jammeh

The Point: Friday, July 27, 2018

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/yankuba-badjie-appears-before-janneh-commission-over-d37m-donation-to-jammeh

Yankuba Badjie, former director general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), yesterday disclosed before the Janneh Commission that he guessed the former president, Yahya Jammeh, received the sum of D3.7 million donation from Gam Petroleum through General Saul Badjie for the 2016 elections.

He was escorted by Prison Warders at the Janneh Commission, because he was regarded by the commission as a closed associate of the former president.

In his testimony, he told the commission that the last position he held was director general of the National Intelligence Agency but prior to that, he served as deputy director of the NIA for one year five months. However, he confirmed to the commission that he is currently detained at the remand wing of Mile II, undergoing trial at the High Court.

Mr. Badjie explained that he is aware of the Janneh Commission probing into the financial dealings of the former president, his family and close associates. However, he revealed to the commission that he did not receive the documents, including the interim order from the commission describing him as a close associate of the former president. He was then given the opportunity to look at the documents which he said he did not receive while in detention.

He recalled that he was remanded at the said prison on the 24th of February, 2017. At this juncture, he was given a copy of his statement which he went through and confirmed. The said statement was tendered and admitted in evidence. He also perused an asset declaration form, and was required to fill it and hand it over to the prison authorities to be submitted to the commission.

The former director of the NIA told the commission that he is not related to the former president, and that they only had a working relation; adding that he became the director general of the NIA in 2014. He further stated that he was director of Analysis before he went to the State House, noting that he was also head of the Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU).

Mr. Badjie adduced that he also worked with Gamtel as an operator and a technician for almost 4 years, starting from 1996 and later left Gamtel in 2000 and travelled to the U.S.A. to study telecommunication.

At this juncture, he was asked whether he knew a company called Alhamdullahi Petroleum and Mining Company (APAM) managed by Tony Ghattas, he responded in the affirmative and added that he had nothing to do with it. He testified that he also knows GAMICO but does not know its connection to the former president, stating that he was not asked to take their properties by General Saul Badjie.

According to him, he knows Tony Ghattas whom he found at the Gunjur mosque, noting that he did not have any connection with Mr. Ghattas. He said that he knows Gam Petroleum; adding that the General and Finance managers came to his office and told him that they wanted to make a donation to the former president for the upcoming 2016 elections.

He further testified that he told them that it was fine, and that he had to relate the information to the former president, who asked him to tell them to deliver the donation to Saul Badjie at his office at State House. Mr. Badjie narrated that he accompanied them to Saul Badjie and they handed the sum of D3, 700,000 to Saul Badjie.

On how he came to know the said sum, he responded that it was counted in his presence, while on the D500,000 donation, he said the same people donated it to the NIA whom he said told him that they wanted to make a donation but he referred them to the financial director, Saihou Sanneh. He said he never went to Gam Petroleum and asked for a donation.

The former NIA boss testified that he does not know why Gam Petroleum went to the NIA to make the donation but was quick to say that maybe it was because the NIA were doing some construction, and this was why they made the donation. He added that he knows Mr. Bazzi because he used to meet him on occasions like state banquet or 22nd July celebrations, further stating that he did not know Messer Mazegi and Tarik Mousa.

He told the commission that he knows Muhammed Lamin Gibba and that they are related, stating that NIA had no business with Kanilai Group International (KGI) but acknowledged that he knows the managing director of KGI, Wureh Njie.

Earlier testifying, Isatou Auba-Faal reappeared in connection to the leasing of Ocean Bay and Sun Beach Hotels respectively. She said she does not know anything about the leasing of the said hotels.

At this juncture, Counsel Musa Batchilly gave her a letter to go through, which she did and confirmed that she endorsed the said letter. The letter, which was addressed to the managing director of SSHFC from the office of the former president, was subsequently tendered and admitted in evidence. She also confirmed that she signed on behalf of the secretary general, and that the directives came from the office of the former president.

According to her, she received minutes of meeting from the then secretary general for the leasing of the hotels, conveying executive directives. The said minutes were tendered and admitted as an exhibit.

“Were you ever present in any discussion at State House for the leasing of the hotels?” asked Counsel Batchilly. He answered in the negative.

Next to testify was Edward Graham, former managing director of Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation (SSHFC), in relation to the same subject matter of the said hotels. He confirmed to the commission that it is correct that he was the MD at the time of leasing of the hotels.

According to him, Ocean Bay Hotel was purchased around 2001 by SSHFC but the hotel did not realize any profit, further noting that it was purchased for D300,000,000, and for 10 years, SSHFC was not recovering any profit and more money was injected into the hotel amounting to D500,000,000. He said they were supposed to inject another D30, 000,000 on the same hotel but he charged the management to review the investment by either selling or leasing the hotel. He said that he told the board that they were injecting money in the investment on the hotel and they were not getting returns, noting that the board agreed that the hotel should be leased.

At this juncture, he was given a letter to peruse but said he never saw the said letter. A letter of intent dated 28th May, 2013, written by Lawyer Ida Drammeh was tendered and admitted in evidence.

He was asked by Counsel Batchilly whether Cordial Company also wrote to him on the 1st of August, 2013, which he confirmed. He said he did not know how Cordial Company knew about the leasing of the hotels; adding that after board meetings, information flows.

According to him, when the issue of leasing arose, the board gave the management the green light and asked them to negotiate with Cordial Company. He said they wrote to Cordial, which also wrote back.

Further responding to Counsel Batchilly as to whether there were correspondences before the 4th of August, 2013, for getting prospective investors for the leasing of the hotel, he responded in the negative.

Mr. Graham testified that in June 2013, members of Cordial Company came to visit the hotel and when they returned, they wrote to the management of SSHFC on the 18th of August, 2013. At this juncture, the second letter of intent written by Lawyer Ida Drammeh was also tendered and admitted in evidence.

The witness was again given another document which he read out and confirmed that it was the final offer where Cordial Company showed interest to lease Sun Beach Hotel. A letter from SSHFC file was shown to the witness. He confirmed the said letter addressed to Lawyer Ida Drammeh written by SSHFC. The said letter was tendered and admitted in evidence.

Counsel Batchilly put it to him that the sum of €450,000 was the offer by Cordial Company to spend on the repair and refurbishment of the hotel, and that, €100,000 was also to be spent on the hotel all free of charge. In response, Mr. Graham denied it, and said that Cordial Company would deduct the €450,000 from the rent. He said there was uncertainty in the offer made by Cordial Company, and as a finance person, they would not be part of something that was uncertain.

Mr. Graham told the commission that as far as he was concerned, the office of the former president was not aware of the contract between Cordial Company and SSHFC. Responding to Commissioner Saine as to whether they involved their solicitor in the Cordial Company contract, he responded in the negative.

The commission will resume today.

Author: Dawda Faye
Momodou Posted - 26 Jul 2018 : 02:42:22
Purchase of Ocean Bay Hotel was not a better deal - Tamsir Badjie Tells Janneh Commission

The Point: Wednesday, July 25, 2018

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/purchase-of-ocean-bay-hotel-was-not-a-better-deal-tamsir-badjie-tells-janneh-commission


Tamsir Badjie, former director of Housing at SSHFC, yesterday told the Janneh Commission that the purchase of Ocean Bay Hotel was not a better deal.

Prior to the witness testifying, lawyer Musa Batchilly told the commission that he was taking over from Amie Bensouda as lead counsel to enquire on the circumstances leading to the leasing of Ocean Bay and Sun Beach Hotels respectively to BPI by Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation, and also to find out whether the former president was involved in the process.

Mr. Batchilly told the commission that he was mandated by the attorney general and minister of Justice to deal with the said matters. He said that Mrs. Bensouda is the attorney for SSHFC and there might be a conflict of interest to handle the same matter affecting the corporation.

The former director of Housing, Mr. Tamsir Badjie, told the commission that he is an engineer by profession and a pensioner. He added that he worked as a public servant and had also worked at SSHFC for about 28 years and he retired in 2016.

He told the commission that before he retired, he was the director of Housing for 4 years (from 2012-2016). He said his function as director of housing was to manage houses and any other assignment given to him by the managing director.

At this juncture, he was given a document which he confirmed to be his statement he wrote to the investigators. Counsel Batchilly then applied to tender the statement in evidence as exhibit which was granted by the commission.

He testified that he knows about the leasing of Ocean Bay and Sun Beach Hotels respectively by SSHFC to BPI. He said the office of the MD set up a taskforce to discuss and negotiate the leasing of Ocean Bay Hotel and he was part of the key members together with the director of Finance, Abdoulie Cham, and Mr. Foon,

During the process, he said they agreed on certain terms and principles among which included to allow their technicians to check on the quality on the work done, be part of the renovation and maintenance of the hotels among others.

He said they were shown a letter where BPI showed interest to lease Ocean Bay Hotel; adding that there was a directive from the office of the former president to negotiate with BPI to lease the said hotels.

Mr. Badjie further testified that they had a standard process of leasing their properties. He was asked whether the committee was informed about two other offers. In response, he said it was only BPI‘s offer they received.

He adduced that they were dictated to by BPI team, and sometimes their meetings were distracted by their visits to State House. He told the commission that for the Ocean Bay meeting, the negotiation took place and he could not remember how long the meeting lasted.

At this juncture, he was shown an offer letter for the leasing of Ocean Bay to peruse, which he confirmed. Counsel Batchilly applied to tender the said letter which was admitted in evidence.

He was again asked whether there was a lawyer representing SSHFC during the negotiation. He answered in the negative and said that the lawyer came after the negotiation was drafted.

Another document was shown to him, and he went through it. He said that when they went for the negotiation, they were going for the best they could offer, further noting that they were powerless and the BPI team were strong.

He stated that the BPI’s lawyer drafted the letter and Lamin Ceesay, the lawyer of the cooperation, was given the draft .

At this juncture, he was given a letter of intent which he also confirmed, and was asked the content of the letter i.e. the conditions for a ten-year lease. He told the commission that they also offered a rent of 12,000 Euros per month, adding that 13,000 Euros was agreed as the offer per month by BPI. He said that they could not pay more than that.

According to Mr. Badjie, they could have got a better deal had bidders were allowed to bid and compete. He said BPI achieved most of the works specified but they had issues with them, stating that BPI did not allow their technicians to be present.

He told the commission that BPI came up with huge pack of invoices which were not privy to members of the committee and were only brought after the renovation was completed, noting that they discovered that some of the invoices presented were not even expenditures on renovation but hotel expenses.

He said they requested for the bill of quantities, receipts and invoices showing expenditures on the refurbishment and renovation of the hotels but BPI did not provide them.

“Do you think BPI was able to justify their expenditures?” asked Counsel Batchilly. Mr. Badjie replied in the negative and added he was aware that BPI was deducting €6000 from rent.

Mr. Badjie testified that in 2013, Ocean Bay lease was signed and there was a committee set up to monitor the works done; that they asked BPI to seek their consent before doing anything at the hotel but they did not, noting that they were adamant to comply.

The witness further testified that their team of technicians was on the ground to monitor the works by BPI but BPI was not complying and as a result, they withdrew the team and informed the management. He revealed to the commission that there were letters of demand for BPI to settle arrears, further stating that they had issues with NAWEC concerning bills.

On Sun Beach Hotel, he disclosed that BPI started at the beginning of the tourist season, and BPI told them that they loss part of the generation account and the committee was not aware when BPI started the work at Sun Beach. However, he said one day they went to the hotel and found that they were operating but he did not know who authorised them to use the hotel before the lease was finalised.

He said they asked them to give SSHFC the proceeds of that season but they never did so. Saibatou Faal, chairman of the committee, made several demands during the meetings but got frustrated, noting that BPI made an offer to lease Sun Beach Hotel the same way as they did with the leasing of Ocean Bay. He confirmed a document indicating a proposal to lease Sun Beach Hotel.

At this juncture, documents were tendered and admitted as exhibits. He said they were informed by the managing director, as the taskforce was created that there was an executive directive to lease Sun Beach Hotel. He said he saw the lease after it was finalised by SSHFC and BPI.

It was put to him that the committee agreed with BPI on terms for the leasing of the hotel, and he answered in the positive. It was further put to him that BPI agreed to spend €2,000,000 on the renovation of Sun Beach Hotel. However, he said BPI did not spend close to the said amount. He added that projection was attached to the renovation and this was why they highlighted their plan from 2013-2031.

According to him, his department was supposed to monitor the works but BPI did not provide them with specific schedule of works and they were frustrated at the end. The chairman of the committee reported the matter to the board.

He told the commission that they always requested for bills of quantity, invoices and receipts but to no avail. Responding to questions from Abiosseh George, he said he could not remember how much they bought the hotels and when.

“How come legal opinion was not sought?” Commissioner Saine asked. In response, Mr. Badjie responded that under normal circumstances, they worked hand-in- hand with their legal representative, noting that they acted based on directives and that they were never happy and comfortable.

“We were not benefiting at all, and SSHFC should have realised more than 60% of our investment,” he told the commission.

Hearings continue today.

Author: Dawda Faye
Momodou Posted - 25 Jul 2018 : 00:50:21
Former NAWEC MD: You have to negotiate in fear

The Point: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/former-nawec-md-you-have-to-negotiate-in-fear

Momodou Jallow, former managing director of NAWEC, yesterday reappeared before the Janneh Commission and revealed that they had to negotiate in fear.

He was testifying under cross-examination at the instance of Muhammed Bazzi and Fadi Mazegi by Counsel Victoria Andrews.

He was asked whether they paid for Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) storage, and he said he was not aware; adding that he was the MD most of the time and that Mr. Abdou Jobe and Mr. Sanyang were managing directors before him.

According to him, at the beginning of the contract, there was no transmission and distribution director, noting that Nani Juwara was the Commercial director while Sira Wally-Njie was the Human Resource manager. He testified that the positions he mentioned were held by NAWEC staff.

It was put to him by Counsel Andrews that the taskforce overshadowed these positions. In response, he said they used to work together with the taskforce. He adduced that he could not remember seeing the letter written by the taskforce for the increment of the tariff of electricity, further stating that it was not his decision to increase the tariff.

He further testified that he could not remember reducing the tariff. At this juncture, he confirmed a letter given to him which he said he signed.

Counsel Andrews then applied to tender the said letter, which was not objected by Mrs. Bensouda. It was therefore admitted in evidence.

The witness said NAWEC had a board of directors and that he could not remember whether the matter went to the board; adding that the letter was copied to the office of the former president. He testified that he signed all contracts as MD, noting that he did not make all decisions and he took over from Abdou Jobe in August 2006, and they continued with their operation.

At this juncture, a letter dated 17th of May, 2006, written by Mr. Abdou Jobe, was shown to him, and he said he could not remember seeing the said letter.

Mr. Jallow told the commission that they issued cheques to GTG for electricity supply, further stating that he had to know the full circumstances as to whether NAWEC and GTG had shared the debts owed by GTG. He disclosed that they had ongoing projects during his time, such as the Brikama Power Plant, Greater Banjul Area Electricity Supply and the Street Lights.

He narrated that the Rural Electrification Project was done by different contractors; adding that the said projects were all tendered and all the contracts went through due process. He indicated that the award of contract was based on the evaluation by NAWEC, noting that Dabananeh Company is owned by Mr. Alagie Conteh.

According to Mr. Jallow, he could recall Mr. Conteh being awarded some contracts and it went through due process, noting that Mr. Conteh never advised him neither was he given special treatment.

Dwelling on the Venuzela contract, he said it was for the transmission and distribution for the Greater Banjul Area, further stating that when he came back, the project was ongoing but stopped because he was removed.

At this juncture, Counsel Andrews put it to him that according to Mr. Jobe, they were relying on the goodwill of GTG for the supply of oil. He responded that Mr. Jobe was entitled to his opinion.

A letter dated 7th of July, 2010, was given to him and he said he could not remember the said letter, noting that GTG was there as their partners. He adduced that he was not aware of the reason for terminating Mr. Conteh’s contract.

It was further put to him that Mr. Fadi Mazegi got involved in the invoices and he answered in the positive. It was again put to him that Mr. Muhamed Bazzi cajoled NAWEC to pay him what the company owed him. He responded in the negative.

“I am putting it to you that Mr. Bazzi requested for the sum of $20,000 because the former president wanted to go to the Hajj,” said Counsel Andrews. In response, he told the commission that the former president needed the money for the Hajj.

The former NAWEC boss explained that there was no need for Mr. Bazzi to put pressure on them to be paid, noting that anytime GTG got invoices for NAWEC to pay them, they were paid. He said the management contract was in place and that transactions were going. He adduced that the taskforce could not pay themselves, noting that Mr. Bazzi would call them to pay the taskforce whenever they demanded cheques.

Mr. Jallow testified that they were told that NAWEC should buy two sets of generators and SSHFC would provide the funds. At this point, another document was given to him regarding the supply of the two generators contract which he signed. He confirmed that the generators were supplied.

On Fajara Booster Station occupied by GTG, he said he could not remember the details of the contract but they were told that they could build any structure they wanted. He added that this was why he did not sign the contract. The witness further adduced that GTG did some renovation on the structure at the Booster Station.

It was again put to him that a storage facility at the said place was rehabilitated, and he answered in the positive. He was shown a drafted contract and upon perusal, he said the draft contract was about 10 years ago.

On Global Power System (GPS), Mr. Jallow told the commission that they supplied oil to NAWEC and that he knows the company, noting that they had arrangement with NAWEC to service their generators but he does not know the shareholders of the said company.

However, Counsel Andrews put it to him that GPS took GTG to court for not paying bills. It was further put to him that GEG and GTG had nothing to do with GPS, and he responded that as far as he knows, they used to work together in the country.

According to him, GEG was controlling power supply in the country; adding that he could not remember whether GTG had bided for contract for spare parts. “Could Gambians have afforded to do without the supply of HFO?” inquired Counsel Andrews. He answered that Gambians needed HFO, noting that in business, the economy is never stagnant.

At this juncture, he was asked whether NAWEC enjoyed unlimited supply of oil on credit, and he responded in the positive. He said in 2006, two managing directors were eliminated and subsequently, his finance director was also eliminated. He said it was correct that he rented his property to Mr. Manhat in 2004 up to 2013-2014.

However, he said he did not know that Mr. Manhat was an employee of Mr. Bazzi prior to renting him the place, further stating that he had problems with Mr. Bazzi when he felt that he could not do what he wanted from him without any clearance.

At this juncture, Mrs. Bensouda asked him to go through a letter and explain the circumstances surrounding the said letter but before the witness answered, Counsel Andrews objected to the question.

Consequently, Commission Chairman, Sourahata Janneh, said that the said letter was admitted through the witness, and the commission did not see why a question from the commission counsel should not be allowed. He then overruled the objection and allowed the witness to answer the said question.

Mr. Jallow then responded that following a meeting between PURA and the Ministry of Finance, they were trying to increase the tariff but they were asked by the authorities to reduce it, because they felt that what NAWEC was requesting was too high.

Next to testify was Mr. Abdoulie Tambedou, managing director of Gambia Ports Authority (GPA). He was asked what position he held between 2010 and 2013 respectively, in response, he reiterated that from 2010-2011, April, he was Finance director. He told the commission that as far as he knows; GPA did not accede to give a land to Gambia Milling Corporation (GMC) for the flour mill project. He said they were directed by the office of the former president to surrender the land to the said company.

According to him, as director of Finance then, he was part of the management to meet the Bazzi group; adding that during his tenure, it was not agreed for GPA to surrender the land to GMC. He said a letter before him did not state that the land should be acceded to GMC. However, he said the author of the letter, Mr. Ousman Jobarteh, and the managing director at the time, Momodou Lamin Gibba, are both around and they would be in a better position to explain the circumstances surrounding the land.

It was put to him by Counsel Andrews that the land surrendered to GMC was not valued at D18, 000,000. In response, Mr. Tambedou revealed that the office of the former president in collaboration with GPA valued the said land when there was a push and pull over it.

Earlier, the managing director of Guaranty Trust Bank, Mr. Adesina Adebesin, was reminded by Counsel Bensouda that he was supposed to verify a summary prepared by him. He said Mobicell Blue Ocean had a Dollar, Euro and Dalasi accounts respectively.

He told the commission that the debit on the Euro account was €6,001,939.33 while the credit was €6,002,279.10. He revealed that he had the debit and credit advices for all the accounts.

At this juncture, Mrs. Bensouda applied for a stand down for 30 minutes for the witness to verify some documents and her application was granted.

The commission resumes today.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, July 21, Amadou Samba testified that the villagers of Mandinary made a lot of request, such as the building of a road which he said cost over US$400,000, and they were also asked to refurbish the mosque.

Author: Dawda Faye
Momodou Posted - 18 Jul 2018 : 22:41:40
AT THE ‘JANNEH’ COMMISSION: ‘Former President Involved In Discussion

For Supply Of Generators to NAWEC’ Julia Joiner
July 18, 2018

By Mamadou Dem


http://foroyaa.gm/at-the-janneh-commission-former-president-involved-in-discussion-for-supply-of-generators-to-nawec-juli/

Julia Joiner, former Secretary General at the Office of former president Yaya Jammeh, yesterday July 17th revealed to the ‘Janneh’ Commission, that the former president was part of the discussions involving the Global Trading Group, for the supply of generators to NAWEC.
Joiner reappeared for cross-examination by Counsel Mary Samba, who asked her the reason why she retired. Samba is attorney for businessman Amadou Samba.
Prior to her questioning, she was given a file from the office of the former president when she was the secretary general, to go through. She told the Commission that NAWEC was under the office of the former president.
At this juncture, she was referred to a document, and said Saihou Mboge was the permanent secretary at the time; that the said document was about a directive from the office of the former president for Euro Africa Group to supply generators to NAWEC.
She was given another letter which she read and stated that it indicated an agreement between Global Trading Group and NAWEC, for the supply of generators, further noting that the former president was involved in the discussion for the supply of generators to NAWEC, by Global Trading Group.
Joiner adduced that she had never met Amadou Samba, Muhammed Bazzi and others, to discuss the supply of generators to NAWEC by Global Trading Group; that the directives were coming from the office of the former president and not from her.
On the 18 megawatt generators, she posited that the officials who were at the meeting, are in a better position to explain what had transpired; that she was not sure about the $5,000,000 for the purchase of generators by NAWEC from Global Trading Group. “I tried to level stability within the system,” she told Commissioners.
At this juncture, documents relating to the supply of generators by Global Trading Group to NAWEC and other relevant documents, were tendered and admitted as exhibits.
Still answering questions under cross-examination, Joiner testified that she served as secretary general at the office of the former president since 1996; that the protocol officer at the office of the former president at the time, would be able to say who frequented the office of the former president.
She disclosed that there was a list of those who were going to visit the former president, further saying that if there was an investigation into the investment on Kairaba Beach Hotel and the “Daily Observer” Newspaper, she was not expected to remember all the details about it.
Joiner told Commissioners that the property at Kanilai is owned by the former president; that they had meetings and visitors used to meet the former president there; that cabinet meetings used to be held there as well. She testified that she would not remember whether constructions started at Kanilai.
At this juncture, Commissioner Saine asked whether the former president had discussed with her, his dealings with Euro Africa Group. In response, she stated that she was not involved in any matter relating to Muhammed Bazzi and his group; that she voluntarily retired on the 26th of November 2002, because she was redeployed and Alieu Ngum was reinstated as the secretary general.
Next to testify under cross-examination by Counsel Mary Samba was Ousman Jammeh, former Secretary General. Counsel Samba asked the Commission to give the witness an exhibit which was a leased document, for him to go through.
Jammeh confirmed the said document as well as his signature on it, as the then Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands and confirmed that the document was approved in 2001; that Amadou Samba also signed the said document.
He confirmed the title deed of a land at the traffic light and told Commissioners that he held the position of secretary general twice, and was later redeployed.
When another exhibit dated 3rd August 2011 was shown to him, he confirmed that he wrote the said document which was for a loan and endorsed it, but not Amadou Samba.
Counsel Mary Samba then put it to him that it was not proper to sign on a plain sheet of paper, which was a letter he wrote to an institution. “As far as I am concerned, there was a directive from the office of the former president to write the said letter,” he testified.
At this juncture, he was referred to an invoice which was directed to Kanilai Family Farms, which he confirmed. On the purchase of tanks, he said he did not make a follow-up, adding that he was dismissed after he received directives from the former president.
Commissioner Saine then asked him whether he had ever queried the way and manner the former president was handling the National Assembly and he responded in the negative. “You have worked for the former president long enough to know better,” Counsel Mary Samba challenged him. In response, Jammeh told Commissioners that he was working for the country and not for the former president.
It was again put to him by Mary Samba that it was his responsibility as the secretary general, to make sure that the loans incurred by NAWEC were paid.
Still answering a question asked by Counsel Bensouda, he said he could not tell why the leased land at the traffic light was allocated.
Abdoulie Cham, the Director of Finance at SSHFC, was the next witness to be cross-examined by Counsel Mary Samba. Cham confirmed that SSHFC is a public enterprise, noting that there was a directive from the office of the former president and the secretary general, to pay $6,432,700 to Amadou Samba, for the purchase of a water tank, but did not make a follow-up because the directive came from the office of the former president.
He finally stated that the said directive came before their board approved the said sum.
Meanwhile, Abdoulie Cham, Director of Geology Department and Dr. Njogu Bah, former secretary general, were also cross-examined.
Sittings continue today.
Momodou Posted - 18 Jul 2018 : 22:33:21
Former SG says her redeployment was tantamount to demotion

The Point: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/former-sg-says-her-redeployment-was-tantamount-to-demotion

Julia Joiner, former secretary general at the office of the former president, yesterday disclosed before the Janneh Commission that her redeployment was tantamount to a demotion.
She was answering a question posed by Counsel Mary Samba who asked her under cross-examination to tell the commission the reason why she retired. Mary Samba was representing Mr. Amadou Samba.
Prior to the questioning, she was given a file from the office of the former president when she was the secretary general to go through, which she confirmed. She told the commission that NAWEC was under the office of the former president.
At this juncture, she was referred to a document, and she said that Mr. Saihou Mboge was the permanent secretary at the time, adding that the said document was about a directive from the office of the former president for Euro Africa Group to supply generators to NAWEC.
She was given another letter which she read and stated that it indicated an agreement between Global Trading Group and NAWEC for the supply of generators, further noting that the former president was involved in the discussion for the supply of generators to NAWEC by Global Trading Group.
Mrs. Joiner adduced that she had never met Amadou Samba, Muhammed Bazzi and others to discuss the supply of generators to NAWEC by Global Trading Group, noting that directives were coming from the office of the former president and not from her.
On the 18 mega watt generators, she posited that the officials who were at the meeting are in a better position to explain what had transpired at the meeting, stating that she was not sure about the $5,000,000 for the purchase of generators by NAWEC from Global Trading Group. “I tried to level stability within the system,” she told the commission.
At this juncture, documents relating to the supply of generators by Global Trading Group to NAWEC and other relevant documents were tendered and admitted in evidence.
Still answering questions under cross-examination, she testified that she served as secretary general at the office of the former president since 1996, stating further that the protocol officer at the office of the former president at the time would be able to tell who frequented the office of the former president.
She disclosed that there was a list of those who were going to visit the former president, saying further that if there was an investigation into the investment on Kairaba Beach Hotel and the Daily Observer, she was not expected to remember all the details about it.
Mrs. Joiner told the commission that the property at Kanilai is owned by the former president and that they used to have meetings there and visitors used to meet the former president there. She adduced that Cabinet meetings used to be held there as well.
She testified that she would not remember whether constructions started at Kanilai. At this juncture, Commissioner Saine asked her whether the former president had discussed with her his dealings with Euro Africa Group. In response, she stated that she was not involved in any matter relating to Muhammed Bazzi and his group.
She said that she voluntarily retired on the 26th of November, 2002, because she was redeployed while Alieu Ngum was reinstated as the secretary general.
Next to testify under cross-examination by Counsel Mary Samba was Ousman Jammeh, former secretary general. At this juncture, Counsel Samba asked the commission to give the witness an exhibit which was a leased document to go through, which was done.
Mr. Jammeh confirmed the said document as well as his signature on it, as the permanent secretary, Ministry of Lands. He also confirmed that the document was approved in 2001, further noting that Amadou Samba also signed the said document.
He also confirmed a title deed of a land at the Traffic light. He told the commission that he held the position of secretary general twice, and that he was redeployed.
When another exhibit dated 3rd August, 2011, was shown to him, he confirmed that he wrote the said document which was for a loan and endorsed it, but not Amadou Samba.
Counsel Mary Samba then put it to him that it was not proper to sign on a plain sheet of paper which was a letter he wrote to an institution. “As far as I am concerned, there was a directive from the office of the former president to write the said letter,” he further testified.
At this juncture, he was referred to an invoice which was directed to Kanilai Family Farms, which he confirmed. On the purchase of tanks, he said he did not make a follow-up, adding that he was dismissed after he received directives from the former president.
Commission Saine then asked him whether he had ever queried the way and manner the former president was handling the National Assembly. He responded in the negative. “You have worked for the former president long to know better,” Counsel Mary Samba challenged him. In response, he told the commission that he was working for the country and not for the former president.
It was again put to him by Mary Samba that it was his responsibility to make sure that the loans incurred by NAWEC were paid, as the secretary general.
Still answering a question asked by Counsel Bensouda, he said that he could not tell why the leased land at the Trafficlight was allocated.
Abdoulie Cham, the director of Finance at SSHFC, was the next witness to be cross-examined by Counsel Mary Samba.
He confirmed that SSHFC is a public enterprise, noting that there was a directive from the office of the former president and the secretary general to pay $6,432,700 to Amadou Samba for the purchase of a water tank, but did not make a follow-up because the directive came from the office of the former president.
He finally stated that the said directive came before their board approved the said sum.
Hearings continue today.
Author: Dawda Faye
toubab1020 Posted - 18 Jul 2018 : 19:12:54

COMMISSION ASKS 67 TO DECLARE ASSETS?


By Baba Sillah July 18, 2018

The Standard has sourced a document titled: “List of Persons To Be Issued The Assets Declaration Form” from the Janneh Commission.
The list has been making the rounds since weekend and contained the names of 67 persons, all of whom with a few exceptions, have testified at the commission of inquiry into the financial affairs of former president Yahya Jammeh and his associates.

The list included two family members and 24 “close associates” of Jammeh; six former cabinet ministers including a vice president; eleven “public officers”; four members of the military junta; three secretaries-general including current finance minister; two former secretaries to cabinet; four former senior protocol officers and the current chief of protocol; Sheriff Sawaneh a contractor; four military officers; and five senior former officials of the Central Bank.

Officials at the Commission declined to comment on the list and although the Attorney General confirmed “seeing” the list, he said at the weekend he was not formally notified of it.
The Standard cannot confirm whether the people whose names were listed, have been served. Although the purpose of serving the assets declaration form has not been announced, it is believed it may be used in the event of any adverse finding against any of the persons by the commission. The commission is said to be winding down.

Observers have noted that not all those who testified at the commission were listed. Below is the full list:
List of Persons To Be Issued The Assets Declaration Form

1. Family members
Zineb Souma Jammeh
Ansumana Jammeh
2. Close associates
Lt General Sulayman Badjie
Brigadier General Umpa Mendy
Brigadier General Bora Colley
Brigadier General Ansumana Tamba
Lt Colonel Amadou Joof
Lt Colonel Nuha Badjie
Lt Colonel Sana Manjang
Lt Colonel Sana Jarju
Mohamed Bazzi
Amadou Samba
Fadi Mazegi
Toni Ghattas
Balla Jassey
Baboucarr Sanyang (ex-Md Gamtel)
Ali Charara
Tarek Musa
Yankuba Badjie (ex-NIA DG)
Ilija Reymond
Nicolae Buzainou
Dragos Buzainou
Woreh Njie–Ceesay
Amadou Colley (ex-governor Central Bank)
Feryale Ghanem–Diab
Muhammed Lamin Gibba (ex-Md GPA,
SSHFC, & AMRC)
3. Public Officers
Tumbul Danso (ex-Md SSHFC)
Abdoulie Cham (Geology)
Alieu Jawo (Geology)
Elizabeth Mendy-Johnson (GM Gamcel)
Momodou Badjie (ex-MD GNPC)
Edward Graham (ex-Md SSHFC)
Abdoulie Cham (SSHFC)
Banding Sillah (Gamtel)
Ousman Jobarteh (GPA)
Lamin Sanyang (GPA)
Ebrima Cham (Gamworks )
4. AFPRC members
Edward Singhatey
Yankuba Touray
Ebou Jallow
Lamin Kaba Bajo
5. Vice president
Isatou Njie-Saidy
6. Ministers
Balla Garba Jahumpa
Mousa Bala Gaye
Sirra Wally-Ndow
Fatou Mass Jobe
Ismaila Sanyang
7. Secretaries-general
Mambury Njie
Njogou L Bah
Momodou Sabally
8. Secretaries to Cabinet
Ebrima O Camara
Noah Touray
9. Protocol Officers (OP)
Alhaji Ousman Ceesay
Fatou Njie
Muhammed Batata Juwara
Buba I Demba
Borry S Colley
10. Contractor
Sheriff Sawaneh
11. Military officers
Nuha William Jammeh (Military Police)
Momodou Lamin Mendy (GAF Active Member
Edward Mendy
Yankuba Colley (Sergeant Major)
12. Central Bank of The Gambia
Basirou Njie (ex-DG 1)
Oumie Savage-Samba (ex-Dg 2)
Ousainou Corr (ex-Director of Finance)
Abdoulie Cham (ex-Director of Finance)
Njoba Sankareh Sarr (Prinicpal Currency Officer)

http://standard.gm/site/2018/07/18/commission-asks-67-to-declare-assets/
Momodou Posted - 18 Jul 2018 : 14:16:30
Former SG says her redeployment was tantamount to demotion

The Point: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/former-sg-says-her-redeployment-was-tantamount-to-demotion

Julia Joiner, former secretary general at the office of the former president, yesterday disclosed before the Janneh Commission that her redeployment was tantamount to a demotion.

She was answering a question posed by Counsel Mary Samba who asked her under cross-examination to tell the commission the reason why she retired. Mary Samba was representing Mr. Amadou Samba.

Prior to the questioning, she was given a file from the office of the former president when she was the secretary general to go through, which she confirmed. She told the commission that NAWEC was under the office of the former president.

At this juncture, she was referred to a document, and she said that Mr. Saihou Mboge was the permanent secretary at the time, adding that the said document was about a directive from the office of the former president for Euro Africa Group to supply generators to NAWEC.

She was given another letter which she read and stated that it indicated an agreement between Global Trading Group and NAWEC for the supply of generators, further noting that the former president was involved in the discussion for the supply of generators to NAWEC by Global Trading Group.

Mrs. Joiner adduced that she had never met Amadou Samba, Muhammed Bazzi and others to discuss the supply of generators to NAWEC by Global Trading Group, noting that directives were coming from the office of the former president and not from her.

On the 18 mega watt generators, she posited that the officials who were at the meeting are in a better position to explain what had transpired at the meeting, stating that she was not sure about the $5,000,000 for the purchase of generators by NAWEC from Global Trading Group. “I tried to level stability within the system,” she told the commission.

At this juncture, documents relating to the supply of generators by Global Trading Group to NAWEC and other relevant documents were tendered and admitted in evidence.

Still answering questions under cross-examination, she testified that she served as secretary general at the office of the former president since 1996, stating further that the protocol officer at the office of the former president at the time would be able to tell who frequented the office of the former president.

She disclosed that there was a list of those who were going to visit the former president, saying further that if there was an investigation into the investment on Kairaba Beach Hotel and the Daily Observer, she was not expected to remember all the details about it.

Mrs. Joiner told the commission that the property at Kanilai is owned by the former president and that they used to have meetings there and visitors used to meet the former president there. She adduced that Cabinet meetings used to be held there as well.

She testified that she would not remember whether constructions started at Kanilai. At this juncture, Commissioner Saine asked her whether the former president had discussed with her his dealings with Euro Africa Group. In response, she stated that she was not involved in any matter relating to Muhammed Bazzi and his group.

She said that she voluntarily retired on the 26th of November, 2002, because she was redeployed while Alieu Ngum was reinstated as the secretary general.

Next to testify under cross-examination by Counsel Mary Samba was Ousman Jammeh, former secretary general. At this juncture, Counsel Samba asked the commission to give the witness an exhibit which was a leased document to go through, which was done.

Mr. Jammeh confirmed the said document as well as his signature on it, as the permanent secretary, Ministry of Lands. He also confirmed that the document was approved in 2001, further noting that Amadou Samba also signed the said document.

He also confirmed a title deed of a land at the Traffic light. He told the commission that he held the position of secretary general twice, and that he was redeployed.

When another exhibit dated 3rd August, 2011, was shown to him, he confirmed that he wrote the said document which was for a loan and endorsed it, but not Amadou Samba.

Counsel Mary Samba then put it to him that it was not proper to sign on a plain sheet of paper which was a letter he wrote to an institution. “As far as I am concerned, there was a directive from the office of the former president to write the said letter,” he further testified.

At this juncture, he was referred to an invoice which was directed to Kanilai Family Farms, which he confirmed. On the purchase of tanks, he said he did not make a follow-up, adding that he was dismissed after he received directives from the former president.

Commission Saine then asked him whether he had ever queried the way and manner the former president was handling the National Assembly. He responded in the negative. “You have worked for the former president long to know better,” Counsel Mary Samba challenged him. In response, he told the commission that he was working for the country and not for the former president.

It was again put to him by Mary Samba that it was his responsibility to make sure that the loans incurred by NAWEC were paid, as the secretary general.

Still answering a question asked by Counsel Bensouda, he said that he could not tell why the leased land at the Trafficlight was allocated.

Abdoulie Cham, the director of Finance at SSHFC, was the next witness to be cross-examined by Counsel Mary Samba.

He confirmed that SSHFC is a public enterprise, noting that there was a directive from the office of the former president and the secretary general to pay $6,432,700 to Amadou Samba for the purchase of a water tank, but did not make a follow-up because the directive came from the office of the former president.

He finally stated that the said directive came before their board approved the said sum.

Hearings continue today.

Author: Dawda Faye
Momodou Posted - 18 Jul 2018 : 00:01:30
AT THE ‘JANNEH’ COMMISSION: ‘I Did Not Have The Power To Stop Euro Africa Group Fuel Exclusivity’ Abdou Colley
Foroyaa: July 17, 2018124

By Mamadou Dem

http://foroyaa.gm/at-the-janneh-commission-capital-gas-proprietor-appears/

Mr. Abdou Colley, former Finance and Trade Minister, yesterday told the Janneh Commission that he did not have the power to stop the exclusivity contract granted to Euro Africa Group by the former Government. Colley made this statement yesterday Monday July 16th, when he appeared for the first time before the Commission. He testified that he is currently working as a freelance consultant but prior to that, he started working as an economist in 1997 and in 2004, he was working with Gambia Divestiture. He however told Commissioners that he has been rotating between the Ministries of Finance and Trade.

At this juncture, he was shown a statement on the exclusivity granted to some Companies, to go through, which he did and responded that he had seen it before. He went through some of the correspondence and confirmed that he wrote the said letters.

With regard to fuel supplied by Euro Africa Group, he told the Commission that he was not in favor of the exclusivity granted to Euro Africa Group; that the former Government appointed an agent for the exclusivity facility but that Euro Africa Group was not paying the IPP facility.

A letter dated 8th May 2013, was read to him and he said the former Government wanted to withdraw the facility, and that according to the letter, they were threatening the former Government. He said as the former minister, he did not have the power to stop the exclusivity contract because the office of the former president granted Euro Africa Group with the facility. “If I had the power, I would have stopped it,” he told the Commission.

According to him, when he was appointed as minister, the exclusivity was already in place; that they had an idea to allow GNPC to import fuel; GNPC did their initial supply but there was a query from Euro Africa Group. He however said GNPC’s initial supply had a better quality than that of Euro Africa Group.

Earlier, Cherno Marena, Solicitor General at the Ministry of Justice, reappeared before the Commission and testified under cross-examination by Victoria Andrews, attorney for Messers Muhammed Bazzi and Fadi Mazegi.

He was asked whether he had seen the license issued to Carnegie Mining Company, and in response, he said he had seen it; that he did not know whether the Ministry gave advice before the license was issued. When asked by Counsel Andrews that he was not in the position to know that the Commonwealth advised against the termination of the said license, he replied that he did not know. It was put to him that there was a stockpile before Carnegie took over, but he responded that he did not know; that he did not see the list of items after Carnegie took over; that he only saw the arbitration file.

At this juncture, Counsel Andrews requested for the production of the Carnegie file since the witness said it is with the Commission. Marena was further asked when the arbitration was instituted against Government, and he stated that he did not know; that a liquidator was assigned to find out the asset left by the mining Company.

At this juncture, Counsel Bensouda told the Commission that the liquidator Augustus Prom, gave evidence on the assets left by Carnegie. Counsel Andrews then stated that she would like to see the evidence of Mr. Prom.

Further cross-examining the witness, Counsel Andrews asked him whether he knows a Company called Conapro, and he responded that it is a Lebanese Company that supplied fuel in the country. Again, she asked whether his Ministry sought for legal opinion from the office of the former president in relation to Carnegie Mining Company, he responded in the negative.

Marena told the Commission that Carnegie’s contract was terminated before the performance started. Counsel Andrews then asked the witness when legal opinion was requested by his Ministry, the former president had to approve it, but Marena responded that it is his Ministry that approves.

Next to testify under cross-examination was Marie Saine Firdaus, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice. She was asked whether she saw the license in relation to Carnegie Mining Company, and she replied that the last time she saw it was when they had a meeting at the office of the secretary general.

She was further quizzed as to whether she was aware of the advice against the termination of the license, and she responded in the negative. She told the Commission that an inventory was done as to what was found on site, and that she saw it; that she could not recall whether there was a list of equipment.

Counsel Andrews reminded her that she had indicated that she was called at the office of the former president and she found certain investors together with Muhammed Bazzi.

She replied that she said so, and was only invited to be a witness but was not given a copy of the minutes of the meeting; that the license issued to Carnegie and Gamico, may be similar; that Ms. Farage attended the meeting at the office of the secretary general, when it was put to her by Counsel Andrews that Farage did not attend the said meeting.

Firdaus maintained that Ms. Farage was present at the meeting as a lawyer for Muhammed Bazzi. She further told the Commission that as Attorney General, they had the power to prosecute any matter; that she was called in connection to the Carnegie case to prosecute; that before prosecution, there should be an investigation, and based on the investigation, they filed a case.

She finally testified that she could not recall what she said at a meeting at the office of the former president in 2012.

Buba Sanyang, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands, was also cross-examined by Counsel Andrews. She asked him whether his Ministry has a policy to allocate lands, and he answered in the positive. He told the Commission that they allocated land to a Sea Food Factory at Sanyang. He was asked whether they directly allocate land to hotels, and he responded that this is the responsibility of the Gambia Tourism Board.

According to him, there is an application fee of D50, 000 for the allocation of land; that Government can allocate state lands.

Sitting continues today.
Momodou Posted - 17 Jul 2018 : 23:49:31
Solicitor general cross-examined at Janneh Commission

The Point: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/solicitor-general-cross-examined-at-janneh-commission

Cherno Marena, solicitor general at the Ministry of Justice, was yesterday cross-examined by Counsel Victoria Andrews in connection to Carnegie Mining Company when he reappeared before the Janneh Commission. Counsel Andrews was representing Messer Muhammed Bazzi and Fadi Mazegi.

He was asked whether he had seen the license issued to Carnegie Mining Company, and in response, he said he had seen it; adding that he did not know whether the ministry gave advice before the license was issued.

When asked by Counsel Andrews that he was not in the position to know that the Commonwealth advised against the termination of the said license, and he replied that he did not know. It was put to him that there was stockpile before Carnegie took over, and he responded that he did not know; adding that he did not see the list of items after Carnegie took over.

However, he said he only saw the arbitration file. At this juncture, Counsel Andrews requested for the production of the Carnegie file since the witness said it is with the commission.

He was further asked when the arbitration was instituted against the government, and he stated that he did not know. He testified that a liquidator was assigned to find out the asset left by the mining company.

At this juncture, Mrs. Bensouda told the commission that the liquidator, Augustus Prom, gave evidence on the assets left by Carnegie. Counsel Andrews then stated that she would like to see the evidence of Mr. Prom.

Further cross-examining the witness, Counsel Andrews asked him whether he knows a company called Conapro, and he said it is a Lebanese company that supplied fuel in the country. Again, she asked him whether his ministry sought for legal opinion from the office of the former president in relation to Carnegie Mining Company. He responded in the negative.

Marena told the commission that Carnegie’s contract was terminated before the performance was started. Counsel Andrews then asked the witness whether when legal opinion was requested by his ministry, the former president had to approve it, but Mr. Marena responded that it is his ministry that approves.

Next to testify under cross-examination was Marie Saine Firdaus, former attorney general and minister of Justice. She was asked whether she saw the license in relation to Carnegie Mining Company, and she replied that the last time she saw it was when they had a meeting at the office of the secretary general.

She was further quizzed as to whether she was aware of the advice against the termination of the license, and she responded in the negative. She told the commission that an inventory was done as to what was found on the site, and that she saw it. She further stated that she could not recall whether there was a list of equipment.

Counsel Andrews reminded her that she had indicated that she was called at the office of the former president and she found certain investors together with Mr. Bazzi.

She replied that she said so, and that she was only invited to be a witness but was not given a copy of the minutes of the meeting. She further testified that the license issued to Carnegie and Gamico may be similar; adding that Ms. Farage attended the meeting at the office of the secretary general, when it was put to her by Counsel Andrews that Farage did not attend the said meeting.

Mrs. Firdaus maintained that Ms. Farage was present at the meeting as a lawyer for Mr. Bazzi. She further told the commission that as attorney general, they had the power to prosecute any matter; adding that she was called in connection to Carnegie case to prosecute. She said before prosecution, there should be an investigation, and based on the investigation, they filed a case.

She finally testified that she could not recall what she said at a meeting at the office of the former president in 2012.

Buba Sanyang, permanent secretary, Ministry of Lands, was also cross-examined by Counsel Andrews. She asked him whether his ministry has a policy to allocate lands, and he answered in the positive. He told the commission that they allocated a land to Sea Food Factory at Sanyang. He was asked whether they directly allocate lands to hotels, and he responded that it is the responsibility of the Gambia Tourism Board.

According to him, there is an application fee of D50, 000 for the allocation of lands; adding that the government can allocate state lands.

Abdou Colley, former Finance and Trade minister, testified that he is now a freelance consultant but prior to that he started working as an economist in 1997 and in 2004, he was working with Gambia Divestiture.

However, he told the commission that he has been rotating between the ministries of Finance and Trade. At this juncture, he was shown a statement on the exclusivity granted to some companies to go through, which he did and said he had seen it before. He also went through some correspondences and confirmed that he had written the said letters.

With regard to fuel supplied by Euro Africa Group, he told the commission that he was not in favour of the exclusivity granted to Euro Africa Group, noting that the former government appointed an agent for the exclusivity facility but Euro Africa Group was not paying the IPP facility.

A letter dated 8th of May, 2013, was read to him and he said the former government wanted to withdraw the facility, and according to the letter, they were threatening the former government. He said as the former minister, he did not have the power to stop the exclusivity because the office of the former president granted Euro Africa Group with the exclusivity facility. “If I had the power, I would have stopped it,” he told the commission.

According to him, when he was appointed as minister, the exclusivity was already in place; adding that they had an idea to allow GNPC to import fuel. He said GNPC did their initial supply but there was a query by Euro Africa Group. However, he said GNPC initial supply had a better quality than that of Euro Africa Group.

The commission resumes today.

Author: Dawda Faye
Momodou Posted - 12 Jul 2018 : 22:18:31
AT THE ‘JANNEH’ COMMISSION: Capital Gas Proprietor Appears
Foroyaa: July 12, 2018169


By Mamadou Dem

http://foroyaa.gm/at-the-janneh-commission-capital-gas-proprietor-appears/

Mr. Antonio Daniel, the proprietor of Capital Gas Limited, was yesterday summoned before the Janneh Commission in connection to Gam Petroleum storage facility at Mandinary.

He said he lives at Oasis Building at Senegambia and that he is an Argentinean; adding that he has been in The Gambia for 20 or 21 years. He said he holds Argentinean passport and his second nationality is Lebanese.

At this juncture, he was requested to submit a copy of his passport to the commission.

Continuing his testimony, he said that he started work in 2003 or 2004, noting that he worked on a project at Gam Petroleum depot at Mandinary.

He stated that Gam Petroleum belongs to Mr. Muhammad Bazzi, Fadi Mazegi and Tarik Mousa, who asked him to do the work, further testifying that before he was approached by the owners of Gam Petroleum, he never did any work in The Gambia. He stated that the said people were told about his company and this was the first project he executed in the country.

At this juncture, a Memorandum of Article of Association was shown to him, and he confirmed that his company was incorporated in 2007, noting that he owns 60% shares while his son owns 40% shares in Capital Gas.

Mr. Daniel further testified that they do not own the premises occupied by the company but they want to buy it; adding that part of the land belongs to one lady with whom they discussed to buy it. However, he revealed to the commission that there was a Senegalese company using the land prior to them, further indicating that one Donald Travor, a Senegalese, owns TTS Company.

At this juncture, Commission Chairman, Sourahata Janneh, told him that the investigators, with the help of land officials, will visit the said land to know who owns it.

The businessman further revealed that there was a verbal contract between himself, Mr. Bazzi and Fadi Mazegi, noting that he did not see Tarik Mousa again after the contract. He added that he did not sign a contract with them. He said he built the depot, the pipeline and the marine system, further stating that a company from Senegal, CSE, built the road from the village to the premises.

Mr. Daniel adduced that Beem Company was the supervisor for the whole project while SGS did the welding works, and that Mr. Muhammed Bazzi and Fadi Mazegi brought some people for the civil works but one of them left the country after working with him for a year.

He told the commission that Mr. Tony Ghattas owns Afric Star Company and they did the civil works; adding that Gamsen Construction Company belongs to Mr. Amadou Samba, who owns one of the cranes and they usually buy cement from Mr. Samba. He added that the back filling was done by one Tony Hajj.

At this juncture, Mrs. Bensouda asked him whether he knows a company called Zorbex and he responded in the negative. He testified that they made the renovation of Shell depot and that the landscaping was done by one engineer from Lebanon. He said he did everything necessary on the depot.

At this juncture, he confirmed signing a contract between Capital Gas and Gam Petroleum, and according to him, the contract was for him to do the maintenance.

Mr. Daniel further told the commission that he was paid for all the work he did up to the completion and were paid salaries to the tune of $20,000 every month for all the team. He said they promised to give him 10% shares on the project but they did not fulfill their promise.

At this juncture, the witness was asked to calculate the 10% shares, and was required to produce the list of those who were working on the project, and what kind of work they were doing. He said the SGS company were taking pictures and used to advised his company whether to continue with the work or not.

He said he was responsible for the marine line installation as well as the installation of internal and external pipes, but the painting was done by CSE, noting that the boiler for the Banjul depot was bought from Belgium while that of Mandinary was ordered from Lebanon.

According to him, one Mr. George Zacko was the project manager, and was paid from the $20,000, further indicating that he did not know the overall cost of the project. He said he would order things and someone would buy, stating that it was difficult to estimate the cost of the whole project. However, he promised to provide documents regarding the cost of the project.

Mr. Daniel disclosed to commissioners that after completing the project, he could not get some of his money but was compensated with a barge and a welding machine. A contract agreement dated 27th September, 2008, between Capital Gas and Gam Petroleum was shown to him, and he said that it was meant to provide a tug boat and a barge to Gam Petroleum.

He further informed the Commission that Gam Petroleum bought a tug boat and they provided the maintenance of the barge.

At this juncture, a copy of the witness’ passport, certificate of business registration, Memorandum and Articles of Association, Tin number of the company and his statement were tendered and admitted in evidence.

Mr. Sanna Jarju, former Chief of Protocol, office of the former president, testified under cross-examination via Skype, while Mr. Sarjo Khan continued to testify under cross-examination and was later re-examined by Counsel Bensouda.
Momodou Posted - 12 Jul 2018 : 08:09:09
Gamtel top brass cross-examined by Mobicell lawyer
Foroyaa: July 11, 2018172


By Mamadou Dem
http://foroyaa.gm/gamtel-top-brass-cross-examined-by-mobicell-lawyer/

Top officials of the National Telecommunication Company (GAMTEL) were yesterday cross-examined by Malick Mba’I, attorney for Mr. Balla Jassey, Mobicell Blue Ocean Wireless and the Multimedia Gateway Incorporation (MGI).

Testifying under cross-examination, the Managing Director of Gamtel, Mr. Sulayman Suso, said he could not remember a local company called MGI.

When asked whether he witnessed any meeting with Balla Jassey at the office of the former president about the management of the Gamtel international gateway, he responded in the negative.

Responding to another question as to whether he attended any meeting with Balla Jassey or any member of MGI Switzerland, he said he knew MGI in 2017. He added that he was not told that Balla Jassey was an agent for MGI Switzerland in The Gambia.

He was asked whether he was told that MGI and Balla Jassey protected their interest in The Gambia, and he replied in the negative. Asked whether he knew any company called MGI in The Gambia, he responded that he knew it through the Commission.

He was asked again whether he had any information about the shares of MGI. He said he did not. It was put to him that he said that Mr. Balla Jassey was very active in representing MGI a lot, but the witness said he never said so; adding that he did not write to anyone indicating that Mr. Jassey was managing the gateway and what he mentioned was MGI Swiss.

It was further put to him that he had not shown any evidence to show that Mr. Jassey, Mobicell and MGI managed the International Gateway. In response, he said he did not say so. Again it was put to him that he had not presented any evidence that MGI, Mr. Jassey, and Mobicell protected MGI Switzerland interest. He responded that he did not say so in any of his testimonies.

At this juncture, Counsel Bensouda told the commission that she had no questions for the witness.

Next to be cross-examined was one Mr. Lamin Camara, and he testified that Mr. Jassey applied for a Mobile Virtual Network (MVN); adding that he could not remember the exact year but this was around 2013-2014.

According to him, prior to the application, he read a letter and he referred Mr. Jassey to the Ministry of Information Communication and Infrastructure regarding his application; adding that they got assessment of recommendation from PURA.

At this juncture, commission chairman, Sourahata Janneh, told the witness to answer the questions and he could add something if he wished.

Further responding to lawyer Mba’I, he said he could not recall whether there was a letterhead on the said letter, adding that he could not either recall whether Mr. Jassey signed the letter. He disclosed that the application was reviewed by his ministry.

“Was the letter addressed to Mr. Jassey?,” quizzed counsel Mba’I. in response, Camara said PURA is the institution that gives approval. He was asked again whether he had presented the said letter to the Commission, and he answered in the negative. He adduced that Mr. Jassey never applied or signed any letter.

It was also put to him that he mentioned in the application that the licence had some implications in the management of the international gateway. The witness said he could not explain, unless he got back to his office.

Mrs. Bensouda said she had no re-examination for the witness.

Mr. Alhagie Abdoulie Kebbeh, a telecom engineer and consultant, was also cross-examined by counsel. Mr. Kebbeh, who served as a taskforce member of Gamtel, said it was his understanding that MGI Switzerland had contract for the management of the International Gateway and they set up a local company in The Gambia.

“Who gave you the information?” asked Mba’i.

He said the information was either from Mr. Balla Jassey or Ilea. When asked whether he had seen incorporation documents of MGI, he said it was given to them. He was again asked whether the MGI is a subsidiary to MGI Switzerland. He answered that he would not know.

On whether there was any member from MGI Swiss that owned shares in MGI Gambia, he responded that he did not know. It was also put to him that he had not shown any evidence to show that MGI Switzerland created MGI in The Gambia. He replied that it was clear that Mr. Jassey was representing MGI Switzerland, and that this information was verbal.

At this juncture, Chairman Janneh advised lawyer Mba’I to put things to the witness but not to tell him that he did not have evidence because he is not a lawyer, and the nature of the evidence may vary.

Still answering, Mr. Kebbeh said they could provide documents before the Commission. On how much was paid for the Unified Communication System Project at the National Assembly, he responded that the sum was $585,808.17 which was equivalent to D28,000,000.

However, it was put to him that it was correct that Gamtel sub-contracted the contract to Mobicell to the tune of $585,808.17, and he said that this was unknown to him and he did not know how much was paid to Mobicell. It was put to him that it was said that Gamtel did not benefit from the contract. He answered in the affirmative.

“Are you in a position to explain whether Gamtel had the capacity to install a unified communication system at the National Assembly?” counsel Mba’I inquired. Mr. Kebbeh said he could not testify to that.

Hearings continue today.

Meanwhile, sources close to the commission disclosed that Mr. Alhagie Mamadi Kurang has been replaced by Ramatoulie Sarr, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice
Momodou Posted - 11 Jul 2018 : 08:09:09
Building The new Gambia

Janneh Commission Needs to be Investigated.

The letter allegedly written by former Secretary to the Janneh Commission of Inquiry Alhaji Mamadi Kurang to the Lead Counsel of that Commission Amie Bensouda deserves the urgent and serious attention of both the Commission and the Gambia Government. Alhaji may have acted beyond his authority according to the Justice Minister but then in doing so Alhaji did raise very serious issues of integrity and professionalism that cannot also be ignored.

The fact that Mr. Kurang was a staff of the Commission and could have the audacity to expose such alleged malpractices and attribute them to the Lead Counsel should indeed be a matter that should interest any reasonable individual especially the Commission itself and the Gambia Government. Hence it is not enough to either sack or accept the resignation of Mr. Kurang just like that. Rather both the Commission and the Government must be interested to verify that indeed his allegations were either false or true.

This is necessary to maintain the integrity and credibility of the Lead Counsel on one hand as well as that of the Commission on the other hence the entire inquiry as a whole. As a citizen I have been afflicted with doubts and counter doubts when I read the letter and naturally I felt I need to get more answers. If I were in a position of authority surely I will want to ascertain the facts of this letter, but not to dismiss it unceremoniously.

I would assume that Alhaji Kurang is not a reckless boy but indeed a very responsible adult just as I hold that Amie Bensouda to be also a very responsible professional. The fact that the letter was written on the official letterhead of the Commission and addressed to the Lead Council and then copied to the President of the Republic, the Commission Chair and Commissioners as well as the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General indicates that this is a serious mater. It cannot and must not left to fade away!

This letter by all intents and purposes is a petition which is a right guaranteed under Section 25 subsection 1(f) which states that everyone has the right to petition the Executive for redress of grievances and to resort to the Courts for the protection of his or her rights. The reason why Alhaji copied the Executive, i.e. the President and the Minister and the Solicitor General is to express his grievances to them for redress.

Therefore when a citizen petitions the Executive, which Alhaji had done in this case, the Executive must not dismiss that petition without conducting any investigation. Failure to investigate and give an appropriate response to the petition means the Executive is failing its responsibilities hence undermining the rights of citizens. This means the Executive is therefore potentially forcing citizens to take the law into their own hands since they cannot obtain justice from the Executive.

I wish to therefore demand that Pres. Adama Barrow and Minister of Justice Abubacarr Tambadou respond to this petition appropriately by instituting an independent investigation to determine the allegations made by Alhaji Kurang against the Lead Counsel. If the allegations are found to be false then we can take the petition of be false and malicious. But if the allegations are found to be true then necessary measures must be taken to save the integrity and legality of the Commission.

Since the petition was issued we have not also heard from the head of the Commission Surahata Janneh make any public comment on it. Does he agree or disagree with the petition? What is the basis of his agreement or disagreement with the petition? Mr. Janneh cannot remain silent while his staffs release accusations against each other in the open. Hence I wish to also demand that Mr. Janneh cause an unbiased investigation of his counsels to ensure that they are acting within the law and their terms of reference in view of these allegations.

Brushing aside this petition will be a huge mistake that will come to haunt the Gambia sooner or later.

For the Gambia Our Homeland.
By Madi Jobarteh
toubab1020 Posted - 10 Jul 2018 : 19:39:22
This is from The Standard newspaper. No other newspaper (that I could discover) has written anything , Alhaji Mamadi Kurang, states "he hasn’t received any communication suggesting that he has been sacked." ANY problem in the endeavors in the functioning of this enquiry are to be regretted.
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The secretary to the Janneh Commission Alhaji Mamadi Kurang, who recently made allegations against lead counsel Amie Bensouda in a letter he sent to President Barrow, has been terminated.
News of this development was confirmed by the minister of Justice Ba Tambadou at a press conference yesterday.

Addressing the media on the issue which put Mr Kurang and Counsel Bensouda trading accusations, Minister Tambadou said Alhaji Kurang made a number of unproven allegations “against Counsel Amie Bensouda which went beyond the confines of his administrative authority which was principally to execute the orders of the Commission and not to question the wisdom or motivations underpinning those orders.

“As a result of his actions, and in consultation with the Commission, Mr Kurang’s position as Secretary to the Commission has now become untenable under the circumstances and we wish to thank him for his service and wish him luck in his future endeavours.”
However, contacted for comments, Kurang said he hasn’t received any communication suggesting that he has been sacked.

http://standard.gm/site/2018/07/10/kurang-axed-from-commission/


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