The lawmakers have on Wednesday approved a payment of GMD 200, 000 to 3 commissioners of the Janneh Commission, the inquiry established to look into the financial dealings of the former president Yahya Jammeh and his associates.
The Commission was established by President Adama Barrow on 12th July 2017 and it submitted its works early 2019.
The 3 commissioners were Surahata Janneh as member and Chairman, Bai Mass Saine as member and Abiosseh George as member.
By the nature of its act, the Commission has the powers to extend its mandate but its remunerations can only be paid when its allocation is approved by lawmakers.
“The commission had extended its temporal mandate on three previous occasions in February, May, and August 2018 was based on its belief that it could conclude its report writing by 10th January 2019,” Tambadou told lawmakers.
“This proved to be unrealistic and the commission was compelled to extend its mandate for two extra months from January to March when it submitted its report to His Excellency the president. The commission now requests payment for work done for the period February and March 2019 as conveyed attached letter.”
This is the fourth time lawmakers will approve the payment of a remuneration for the extension of the mandate of the Commission.
The first extension was for 3 months with a salary of GMD300,000 each, 6 months extension with a salary of GMD500,000, then 3 months extension with a salary of GMD300,000 each and now GMD200,000 for each.