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Momodou



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Posted - 05 Apr 2018 :  14:48:45  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
EX-President Jammeh claimed to be a medical doctor - Dr. Tamsir Mbowe tells Janneh Commission

The Point: Thursday, April 05, 2018

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/ex-president-jammeh-claimed-to-be-a-medical-doctor-dr-tamsir-mbowe-tells-janneh-commission

The former director of presidential treatment programme, Dr Tamsir Mbowe, yesterday told the commission that the former President Yahya Jammeh claimed to be a medical doctor. He appeared to explain the motive behind the former President Jammeh’s presidential treatment programme.

Dr. Mbowe who once served as the minister of health and the director of medical service gave brief synopsis of his career as a medical practitioner and explained the various positions he held before he was appointed as the director general of presidential treatment programme.

According to him, the treatment programme started in 2007 and he was appointed as the director and was responsible for the clinical aspect of the programme to monitor the clinical condition of the patients.

Dr. Mbowe also said that an account was opened for the programme which he was a signatory to with Ansumana Jammeh and Nyima Badgie.

He further testified that Ansumana Jammeh was responsible for the medication of the treatment programme while confirmed signing a cheque and the donation of funds by NAWEC, AMRC and GNPC for the treatment programme.

He explained that the funds were used to buy group uniform for the treatment programme and other medical items as well as food stuff for the programme which he said was operated at State House , Ndemban Clinic and Kanilai until 2017 when the former president went into exile.

According to him, Ndemban Clinic served as a registration centre for the patients and was well equipped and functional at the time of the treatment programme.

He testified further that the former president was the leading doctor while he was the clinical expert but had no idea whether the former president was registered as a medical doctor neither had he seen any certificate certified to him, despite he claimed to be a medical doctor.

Dr. Mbowe, however, pointed out that despite he was the director of the treatment and was paid by Jammeh with a salary of D21, 500; he said he did not have access to some of the records of the treatment programme.

He further testified that he was verbally appointed by the former president and had no idea whether he was exempted from tax.

According to him, about 48 staff were appointed by Jammeh for the programme but he had not got the record of the staff but was asked by commission’s counsel, Amie Bensouda, to provide the list of all the staff and the vehicles allocated for the programme.

He finally told the commissioners that to the best of his knowledge, the treatment programme was successful during the course of the treatment based on the medical point of view, claiming that the total death during the treatment was less than six.

Yam Mbamba Njie-Keita, former PS, office of the former president, also faced the commission in connection to the office of the former president and certain accounts during the period she served at the said office.

Isatou Auba, former PS at the office of the former president, also testified in relation to Kanilai Family Farm ram sales account and MRI account.

She was given a document which she confirmed, noting that she and Yam Mbamba Njie-Keita were given directives or assigned to supervise the sale of rams.

She testified that the soldiers were selling the rams but could not name all of them, noting that when the soldiers collected the funds, they gave them the money to be deposited into the account.

She further told the commission that Saul Badjie gave them directives to supervise the sale of the rams, confirming that she signed for the handing over of D2,000,000 to Saul Badjie who asked her to withdraw the money and gave it to him.

Mrs. Auba further told the commission that Saul Badjie did not tell her any authority to withdraw the said sum of money which was handed over to him.

She testified that the sale of rams in cash were deposited and that of the one-by-six were deducted from the salary of the civil servants.

At this juncture, she confirmed being a signatory to the MRI account but did not know the source of the account, noting that the former president instructed them to open the said account which was a presidential project.

Counsel Bensouda, at this point, put it to her that the sum of D7,000,000 was request for payment dated 16 July, 2015, from the said account. The said request was shown to her and she confirmed it and said that it was a directive from the office of the former president to pay the said sum as a matter of urgency.

She said she did not know why the money should be paid to Ismaila Sanyang and did not either know whether the money was withdrawn by Mr. Sanyang, noting that she did not find out.

At this juncture, a document relating to the said sum was tendered and admitted as an exhibit.

Another document was shown to her, indicating that she signed for the withdrawal of D2,000,000 from MRI account, which she confirmed and said that there was a memo for her to withdraw the said money.

At this juncture, the said document was tendered and admitted in evidence.

Hearings resume today.

Author: Dawda Faye

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‘There was fraud in the management of the gateway and GAMTEL’

The Point: Friday, April 06, 2018


http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/there-was-fraud-in-the-management-of-the-gateway-and-gamtel

Lamin Camara, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, yesterday told the Janneh Commission that there was fraud in the management of the gateway and GAMTEL. He appeared to shed light on the management of GAMTEL gateway contract between the international telecom companies and the government. He said that GAMTEL at the time was losing a lot of revenue from the proceeds of the gateway.


He testified that the gateway used to be managed by GAMTEL until 2006 when Global Voice Group contract was signed but later terminated, then came Spectrum which was also terminated before the contract was awarded to System 1, TELL and finally MGI which was managing the gateway until 2007.

Mr. Camara who was summoned in his capacity as the then PS, Ministry of Information, recalled that when the visa license for the management of the gateway was revoked, GAMTEL used to exclusively manage the gateway.

He adduced that the role of the ministry at the time was to support GAMTEL for the agreement of visa license for the management of the gateway which he said was replaced.

Mr. Camara further testified that the payment by Spectrum regarding the sale of GAMTEL/GAMCEL shares to Spectrum was not determined at the level of the ministry.

Executive summon business evaluation prepared by PKF firm for GAMTEL/GAMCEL was tendered and admitted as an exhibit.

On the evaluation of the sale of GAMTEL/GAMCEL shares to Spectrum, he said the highest evaluation at the time was $161.2 million, noting that the ministry was also involved in the reverse decision by the government in the sale of the national telecom and its subsidiary company, GAMCEL.

He added that Mr. Ali Charari was the one behind TELL and Spectrum while system 1 is a Spanish- based company, noting that the said companies were not licensed at the time of managing the gateway.

“MGI had an issue with TELL and after the termination of TELL contract, MGI was contracted to manage the gateway,” Mr. Camara told the commission.

He testified that $ 2 million was deducted from the gateway proceeds by the Spectrum every month.

According to him, Gamtel at the time was not under the ministry of information and was under the office of the former president.

He further told the commission that all the staff of Gamtel were fighting for the termination of TELL company, noting that he was not aware of the projects of MGI at the time until he became part of the task force.

At this juncture, situational report on Gamtel prepared by the witness for the years 2007 to 2008 was tendered and admitted as evidence.

He further stated that a sum of $26 million was for projects done by MGI, adding that Gamcel billing system did not come to the board. He disclosed that MGI was under the office of the former president, disclosing that there was a letter from the said office that the gateway was under the office of the former president and anything relating to the gateway should be directed to the office of the former president.

At this juncture, Commissioner Saine asked the witness whether he could comfortably say that the government benefited from the gateway, and he answered in the positive.

He was further asked by Commissioner Saine whether there was anybody in the government who could have made informed choices. In response, he told the commission that he believed that if the management was not performing, then it needed a replacement.

At this juncture, Commissioner Saine again asked who was the accounting executive to make a decision, in response, he answered that at the level of the office of the former president, it was the secretary general who handled such matters.

Author: Dawda Faye

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It was intimidation under Jammeh: Aki Bayo

The Point: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/it-was-intimidation-under-jammeh-aki-bayo

Momodou Aki Bayo, the former minister of Regional Administration, Lands and Traditional Rulers has yesterday testified before Janneh Commission that under Jammeh’s rule, there was a climate of fear, intimidation, torture and disappearances and most officials under his administration had a story to tell.


However, he said despite all those difficult circumstances he tried everything possible not to make anyone cry.

He and Ismaila Sanyang, the former Agriculture minister appeared before the commission in connection to KGI, MRI and other government accounts and the leases of properties issued to the former president and Gambia Milling Corporation respectively.

Mr. Bayo who appeared in connection to land leased to Yahya Jammeh and Gambia Milling Corporation also gave a background on portfolios he held under the former governments.

Prior to his testimony, Mrs. Bensouda told him that he approved a leased land belonging to the Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) to a private company (Gambia Milling Corporation) to which he responded in the affirmative.

However, the counsel told him that the land was a freehold but he said he rely heavily on technical advice and this matter was dealt with by Physical Planning and the Department of Lands and Survey, including technical staff of his ministry. He added that being a freehold land, there should have been an approval from the National Assembly and the president before it should have been leased.

According to him, his records showed that GPA gave their consent on the leasing of the land. However, he could not produce the document at that spot but was required to produce when next he face the commission.

On the approval of the four properties on the coastal area leased to KFF, he said he did not know how these extensive properties were acquired without following due process as alluded to by the Department of Tourism.

However, he said, as the minister at the time, he relied on his technical staff and if it was pointed out to him that the said land fall under TDA he would have made a second thought.

Mr. Bayo told the commission that it’s not his style to blame his junior staff; adding that he did not only signed the leased documents based on the advice from the technical staff but it was also done out of fear.

He further told commissioners that had it been he refused to approve them, then there would have been consequences which would be detrimental. He said his junior staffs were not consulted prior to granting lease lands to the former president.

On whether the former president discussed with him about land matters, he responded in the affirmative; adding that the former head of state on couple of occasions told him about land affairs.

According to him, during a Cabinet retreat in Kailai, the former president emphasised to him as to why one of his provincial properties was not leased but he responded to him that the documents were yet to reach his desk. Thereby describing the way the former president spoke to him as ‘threatening.’

At this juncture, Commissioner Saine interjected and asked whether there was a culture of collaboration between him and his staff and he responded in the positive. “I do interact with them and they did advise me not to do certain things,” he expounded.

Mr. Bayo is expected to reappear today in connection to the lease surrounding Gambia Milling Corporation.

Mr. Sanyang confirmed to the commission that he was a co-signatory to various accounts namely, Tax Recovery, GNPC, MRI Presidential, Higher Education, PAC/PEC and Kanilai Institute of Technology Account respectively.

On how the MRI was funded, he responded that he has no idea as to how the account was funded because he found the account in operation at the office of the president and it was managed by the permanent secretaries, office of the former president.

At this juncture, commission’s counsel, Amie Bensouda, asked him to explain a transaction for the withdrawal of D7, 000,000 which was authorised by him and Isatou Aurba, he responded it was an instruction from the former president for the said sum to be withdrawn and handed over to him as a matter of urgency.

However, he said he has no idea as to what the fund was intended for while confirming that he physically handed over the said sum to the former president but could not recollect in the presence of whom; adding that it is correct that he authorised the payment of D2,000,000 to Sanna Jarju, former chief of protocol.

Mr. Sanyang further told the commission that it will be difficult to know the purpose of the payment to Mr. Jarju, suggesting that Mr. Jarju should be in a better position to explain considering the condition they were working under and they dare not to ask.

According to him, these were inherited accounts and it would be difficult for him to explain how funds were lodged and withdrawn from the account; adding that the former president was more responsible for the funds than him as he was the chief executive of the country.

“It would be difficult for me to know what the monies were meant for under that circumstance,” he said.

He said if the issue of KGI was brought to his attention earlier as the Agric minister, he would have resolved the matter with regard to the debt amounting to D100, 000,000 it owe to the ministry.

Next to testify was Bakary Biati Trawally, a pathologist who indroduced himself as a former national and international civil servant.

Mr. Trawally who gave synopsis of his career as a civil servant since from 1979 was summoned in connection to the Japanese grants (rice) and testified that Japanese grants came well before Jammeh came into power but then it was in a form pesticides among others.

According to him, when the former president became minister of Agriculture in 2007, he was being move in and out of the ministry and hardly sees or communicates with him.

He alleged that it was very difficult to work with the former president as all correspondences had to be sent to the secretary general rather than the minister responsible for agricultural matters. He said during his time as PS, the ministry used to liaise with Sarja Camara of KGI regarding the Japanese rice, noting that the proceeds would be deposited at the bank but he never dealt with KGI.

“All the time I was at the Department of State for Agriculture (DOSA), there was no sitting minister at Quadrangle,” he said.

With regard to the Japanese grant, he said they were usually asked by the Japanese to list down the items needed prior to disbursement of consignment; that he did not think the Japanese grant help the poor people as intended, noting that the Gambia has a fertile soil and resources to produce what it consumes.

He, however, opined what the country needs to upgrade the soil by applying fertilizer, enhances the capacity of the farmers with farm implements as well as introduced irrigational systems. He said he never knew that KGI belongs to the former president and the Japanese would not specifically identify the companies to award contract for the sales of the rice.

He finally testified that he initially suggested for the sales of Japanese rice to be decentralised among the governors in various regions who will sale and deposit the proceeds into a Trust Bank account which would also in turn and deposit to CBG.

Next to face the commission was Woreh Njie-Ceesay, managing director of Kanilai Group International. She was summoned in connection to KGI accounts and APAM respectively.

During her evidence, Mrs. Ceesay told the commission that she was a banker with First International Bank (FIB) prior to assuming the responsibility of managing director of KGI.

On how she became MD for the said company, she said she was approached by the then Secretary General Momodou Sabally to serve in this portfolio; adding that while at the bank, she was the manager of the JB KGI account which she said was a joint venture investment different from KGI dealing with the importation of cement among others.

According to her, she was appointed as MD on March 14, 2014, and among the payments she was receiving were proceeds from Bakeries and Rental from Futurlec building among others. She added as MD of the company, she reports to Gen. Sulayman Badjie.

At this juncture, she confirmed that Gen. Sulayman Badjie owned 60% of KFF while she owned 40% as per the amendment on the Memorandum of Article and Association.

Mrs. Ceesay further disclosed to the commission that upon her appointment, a meeting was held between the former president, Momodou Sabally and herself and it was at this meeting that she was asked to be reporting to Gen. Badjie.

She finally testified that request for payments from the former president through Gen. Sulayman Badjie were available.

Sittings continue today.

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Amadou Samba’s attorney cross-examines witness before Janneh Commission

The Point: Tuesday, April 17, 2018


http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/amadou-sambas-attorney-cross-examines-witness-before-janneh-commission

The lawyer representing Mr. Samba, Sheriff Tambadou yesterday cross-examined the country coordinator of MA Kharafi and Sons, Momodou Lamin Sonko before the Janneh Commission following his evidence that Amadou Samba was involved in the sale of Kairaba Beach Hotel.

Mr. Sonko in his evidence before the inquiry had informed the commission that Amadou Samba and his sister, Mary Samba were initially involved in the sale of the hotel and explained various roles played by Mr. Samba and his sister, Mary Samba who is also his lawyer.

Under cross-examination yesterday, Mr. Sonko confirmed that he was called by MA Kharafi who was in Cairo, Egypt at the time for the sale of the hotel to the then exiled former President Yahya Jammeh.

According to him, no formal receipt was given to him after the payment of $10,000,000 which he said was paid at the Standard Chartered Bank after an agreement was reached.

Mr. Sonko further explained that the document which contained the name of Edward A. Gomez but it was not stated that the document was prepared by him rather it was prepared by Mary Samba.

He also explained that he could not remember whether he incorporated any business name called “Millennium” in the name of his business when asked by Counsel Tambadou, the lawyer for Mr. Samba.

Asked who were the shareholders of Millennium Africo Water and Electricity Power Company Ltd., after a careful perusal of a document given to him, he said the shareholders were himself and Kanilai Family Farm.

Barrister Tambadou at that point applied to tender the memorandum and article of association and business registration of the company as exhibits.

Counsel for Mr. Sonko, Combeh Gaye, however, raised an objection on the basis that it was irrelevant to the subject matter before the commission which his client was summoned to testify.

The document notwithstanding was admitted in evidence as exhibit after the commission’s chairman, Sourahata Janneh weighted its admissibility.

Mr. Sonko, the proprietor of Boto Construction refuted that the said documents do not mean that he was engaged in business with Jammeh rather the former president verbally offered him 20% share after he introduced a company to him which he vested interest.

He insisted that Mr. Samba signed a document during the sale of Kairaba Beach Hotel on behalf of Jammeh but he has not got the documents which Mr. Samba signed, adding that the documents which Mr. Samba signed was rejected and could not produce.

KPMG report on the sale of Kairaba Beach Hotel was requested by commission’s counsel, Amie Bensouda and urged the witness to liaise with MA Kharafi to make it available to the commission.

Sitting continues today.

Author: Dawda Faye


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Operation bulldozer used to recover KGI’s debts: KGI MD

The Point: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/operation-bulldozer-used-to-recover-kgis-debts-kgi-md

The managing directors of Kanilai Group International, Wurreh Njie-Ceesay yesterday revealed to the ‘Janneh’ Commission that she was informed that a security unit under the former regime known as “operation bulldozer” was used in recovering KGI’s debts.


However, Mrs. Ceesay made it clear that she did not witness such an operation.

Mrs. Ceesay and the managing director of The Gambia Food and Safety Quality Authority formally called The Gambia Groundnut Corporation were summoned before the commission in connection to issues surrounding their companies, including the transaction and purchase of tractors among other related matters.

Wurreh Njie-Ceesay, who reappeared for the third time cantered her evidence on the Japanese rice grant and the purchase of Mahindra tractors.

She testified that there was a file purposely for the tractors but there was no account at the time she took over as the managing director of the company.

According to her, the tractors were a grant to the government but she has no idea about the tractors until when they talked to some customers and that was the time they realised that there was a sort of down payments with regard to the said tractors.

The former banker also recollected that based on their findings and consultations of some of the customers, they found out that the company owed the state the sum of D3.5million, and further disclosed that the total cash she received from the rice debtors when she took over as the MD was D1, 991,344 but did not know the total outstanding balance of the debt when she was appointed.

However, she pointed out that at the time of her appointment as MD, the total outstanding balance for the tractors was D1.4million.

Mrs. Ceesay categorically refuted any connection between KGI and West Wood Company but did confirm dealing with Euro Africa Group for the supply of fuel to the company.

She also explained to the commission that she had no relation with business mogul, Amadou Samba, when she assumed as the MD of the company.

At that juncture, commission counsel’s Amie Bensouda, asked her to provide her salary slip including the staff of the company, noting that she has never received any bonus other than her allowance.

On the recovery of the company’s debts, she revealed that she was informed that “Operation Bulldozer” was used in order to recover their debts but she had not witnessed the operation.

Next to testify was Anthony Gabriel Carvalho, the managing director of Gambia Food and Safety Quality Authority formally called The Gambia Groundnut Corporation also faced the commission to shed light on the purchase of John Deere tractors.

He recalled that in 2012, the corporation received a written information from the permanent secretary, Ministry of Finance asking them to open a letter of credit at Trust Bank for the purchase of the said tractors from South Africa and the sum of $2.5million as their LC was made by the corporation which was sent to the bank and the ministry respectively.

Mr. Carvalho further testified that they later received a notice from the bank indicating that they have received collateral from Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation ( SSHFC). He said after due procedures were followed for the procurement of the tractors the bank also spelt out their conditions.

According to him, the ministry at the time could not open a letter of credit at the bank because they did not have an account and the corporation was requested to do so which they did but they never requested for the tractors at the time.

He finally explained that the tractors were purchased but the corporation was never refunded by the government and its apparatus, further stating that over D58million was debited from their account with interest for the overdraft.

Sittings continue today.

Author: Dawda Faye

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KGI MD could not explain who appointed her

The Point: Thursday, April 19, 2018

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/kgi-md-could-not-explain-who-appointed-her

The managing director of KGI has told the commission that she was appointed as the managing director of the company in October 2016 after her predecessor; Tony Ghattas a Lebanese national was demoted.

However, she could not explain who actually appointed her but did confirmed that she was informed but later she was called by the then exiled General Saul Badjie who summoned a meeting for her to work with her predecessor in order to restructure and regularise the affairs of the company.

However, she pointed out to the commission’s Chairman Sourahata Janneh that she would not know why Mr. Ghattas was demoted and she was appointed. She said when she was appointed; she co-signed cheques with Mr. Ghattas whenever he wanted to make transaction at the bank.

Wureh Njie-Ceesay yesterday continued to give evidence before the Janneh Commission on matters relating to the affairs of APAM where she once served as the managing director.

Alhamdullahi Petroleum and Mining Company (APAM ) was a mining company initiated by the former President purposely engaged in the mining of black sands which were sent to China.

She further recollected that she was briefed by Mr. Ghattas about the affairs of the company and its involvement in the sand mining before an account was opened, further recalling that by the time she was appointed, the account was already closed.

The former banker explained that she was not involved in the selling of black sand but was briefed by Mr. Ghattas as well as the shipment account where the proceeds of the black sand were deposited.

She further clarify that she was not privy to the statement of the shipment account but did confirm the company’s hiring of foreign employees from China.

“I did not sign anything on the joint venture agreement between APAM and Shanghai Gambia,” she reacted.

Hearing continues today.

Author: Dawda Faye

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Engineer Testifies At ‘Janneh’ Commission

Foroyaa: April 20, 2018

By Mamadou Dem

http://foroyaa.gm/engineer-testifies-at-janneh-commission/

The Commission of enquiry set up by the Government of Adama Barrow to investigate into the assets and financial dealings of former President Yaya Jammeh and his close associates, continues to receive the testimonies of witnesses who have been served to appear at the said Commission, chaired by Senior Counsel Surahata S. Janneh.

On the sitting of Thursday 19th April 2018, Mr. Adama Samba, a civil engineer by profession, was summoned to appear at the Commission to shed light on the construction of line houses at the Farafenni Military Barracks.

The brief sitting saw Mr. Samba indicate to Commissioners that he was called by the office of the former president, to conduct a survey and design the houses; that he was however informed that the houses were built by the Military but would not know whether they were built or not.

After looking at a document shown to him by Commission Counsel Amie Bensouda, he confirmed the total sum of D6.9 million, as the cost of the project.

Sitting continues on Monday 23rd April.

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