Gambia In Financial Distress After Jammeh Emptied State’s Coffers
The Gambia’s former president Yahya Jammeh, who caused a political crisis in the African country is at it again. The exiled former president, has been accused of emptying the coffers of the state before going into exile, plundering millions of dollars in his final weeks in power, says an aide to the country’s new president.
Mai Ahmad Fatty, aide to the new president of the Gambia, President Adama Barrow has said in two weeks, over 500 million dalasi that is more than $11m (£8.8m)“ were withdrawn” and still missing from the Gambia’s state coffers following the departure of long-time leader and former President Yahya Jammeh
Mai Ahmad Fatty said financial experts were trying to evaluate the exact loss.
As reported, Luxury cars and other items were seen being loaded onto a Chadian cargo plane on the night Mr Jammeh left the country. Mr Jammeh flew into exile on Saturday, ending his 22 years in power.
The Adviser also said, “Gambia is in dire financial distress after former President Yahya Jammeh emptied state coffers before going into exile on Saturday night”.
Mai Ahmad Fatty told reporters in Dakar, Senegal, that more than $11 million was missing from The Gambia’s state coffers following the departure of long time ruler.
The money, he said, was stolen within the past two weeks. He said financial experts were trying to evaluate the exact loss.
Reports said luxury cars and other items were seen being loaded on to a Chadian cargo plane on the night Mr Jammeh left the country.
Mr. Jammeh was defeated by Mr. Barrow during the December 1 election. He initially accepted his fate but rescinded days after, citing irregularities. The change of mind infuriated the regional West African body which threatened military action should he try to cling to power.
Many rights activists have been calling for his arrest and prosecution for grave abuses, tortures and death while he was in office for 22 years after he came to power in a coup in 1994.
Source: WRITTEN BY OZARETH