By Ousainou J. Sawaneh (OJEE)
Gambia government have placed a ban on former president Yahya Jammeh and other several former top government officials from holding public office for life as indicted by the Commission of inquiry report.
The Government also accepts the commission’s recommendation that criminal proceedings be instituted against former President Jammeh for theft, economic crimes and corruption.
Consequently, the government has also decided that Jammeh is not fit to hold public office and should be banned and “the former President is hereby banned, from holding public office in the Gambia for the remainder of his life”. Reports indicates
The Government accepts the finding of the commission in so far as they relate to Jammeh and his wife Zined Jammeh.
Accordingly, the government accepts the recommendation of the commission that former President Jammeh’s properties including his assets in and outside The Gambia, companies and shares and other acquisitions be forfeited to the State.
The proceeds of sale shall be applied to the payment of monies for which former President and his wife, and all companies associated with them, are found to be liable in the Report, “the said properties are hereby forfeited to the State”.
Meanwhile the cabinet has made a decision that former secretary generals Momodou Sabally, Dr Njogou Bah and former governor of central bank Amadou Colley, among others, be banned from holding public office.
“Mr Amadou Colley is hereby banned from holding public office for the remainder of his life. He is also banned from holding any director positions in any state-owned enterprises in the Gambia for 20 years from the date of publication of this White Paper…,” said the Government. Similarly, Basiru Njie, the deputy governor, is given a similar punishment.
Both Dr Njogou Bah and Momodou Sabally, former Secretary Generals under former ruler Jammeh are banned from holding public office for the remainders of their lives.
Both Sabally and Bah are also banned from any appointment as director of any state-own enterprise for 10 years. Also banned from holding public office for life is Momodou L. Gibba, a one-time director of Social Security and Gambia Ports Authority, among others.
The cabinet also made a decision that the services of Abdoulie Cham, the Finance Director of Social Security be terminated. A former minister of Ministry of Lands and Regional Government, Momodou A. Bayo, is also banned from holding public office for 15 years.
“As the longest serving member of former President Jammeh’s Cabinet and given her position as Vice President of the republic, Dr Isatou Saidy’s conduct fell far short of the standards expected of an occupier of the Office of the Vice President of the Republic.
Consequently, Dr Isatou Njie Saidy is hereby banned from holding public office for five years from date of publication of this White Paper,” said Government on Friday.
By Ousainou J. Sawaneh (OJEE)