Gambia: Millions missing after leader leaves

BBC:-More than $11m (£8.8m) is missing from The Gambia’s state coffers following the departure of long-time leader Yahya Jammeh, an adviser to President Adama Barrow has said.

Mai Ahmad Fatty said financial experts were trying to evaluate the exact loss.

Luxury cars and other items were reportedly loaded on to a Chadian cargo plane as Mr Jammeh left the country.

Mr Jammeh has not commented and the BBC has not independently verified the claims.

After 22 years in power, Mr Jammeh flew into exile on Saturday.

He had refused to accept election results but finally left after mediation by regional leaders and the threat of military intervention.

President Barrow remains in neighbouring Senegal and it is not clear when he will return.

However, West African troops entered the Gambian capital, Banjul, on Sunday to prepare for his arrival.

Cheering crowds gathered outside the State House to watch soldiers secure the building.

The Senegalese general leading the joint force from five African nations said they were controlling “strategic points to ensure the safety of the population and facilitate… Mr Barrow’s assumption of his role”.

Mr Fatty told reporters in the Senegalese capital Dakar that The Gambia was in financial distress.

“The coffers are virtually empty,” he said. “It has been confirmed by technicians in the ministry of finance and the Central Bank of the Gambia.”

He said Mr Jammeh had made off with more than $11m in the past two weeks alone.

Mr Fatty said officials at The Gambia’s main airport had been told not to let any of Mr Jammeh’s belongings leave the country.

Reports said some of the former leader’s goods were in Guinea where Mr Jammeh had stopped on his journey into exile.

Mr Jammeh is reported to now be in Equatorial Guinea, although authorities there have not confirmed it.

The former leader had initially accepted Mr Barrow’s election win on 1 December, but later alleged “irregularities” and called for a fresh vote.

The move was internationally condemned and the UN-backed Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) issued an ultimatum for him to quit or be removed by force.

2 Comments

  1. Khayti
    January 23, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Politics is a dirty game. Suddenly millions went missing from the Gambia’s coffers. Of course, by now we all know the game. Get Jammeh out of the game and accuse him of embezzlement, fraud, theft, all kinds of financial crookedness. This is what happens when certain leaders refuse to bow to America and become its puppet. First, there is slander, then there is propaganda, then the citizens turn against you, then they get into a tizzy and America sits back and watches as that leader is crucified! Pity they did not have time to murder Yahya Jammeh! smh

  2. Anonymous
    May 30, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    The First World nations should never give relief funds to these Third World $hit-holes. Niggers can’t manage money, they only know how to steal. The people go hungry while the fat cats live it up. Terrible!

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