According to a press statement from the State House, Gambian President Adama Barrow has made a decision to publish the full report of the Commission of Enquiry into the Financial Activities of Former President Yahya Jammeh and His Associates. The decision was reached at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 4th September 2019.
According to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubacarr Tambadou, the President gave his blessings to the full release of both the report and the Cabinet White Paper, which will contain the executive decision of Cabinet on the matter.
Although he was short of giving the exact date of publication, Tambadou said it will be released for public consumption before the constitutional deadline of end-September.
The Minister of Justice assured the public that the government is committed to fulfilling its constitutional obligations and mandate, which informs the decision of the president to publish the report.
The inquiry found that President Jammeh has stolen over a billion dalasi and over three-hundred and four million Dollars; over 29 million Euros, and over 2 million Pounds Sterling.
The Commission report which was submitted on March 29th 2019, was presented to President Adama Barrow, at a ceremony held at State House.
According to the report, 253 witnesses appeared before the Commission in a period of about twenty-two months.
Surahata Janneh, the Chairperson of the Commission, said they discovered huge amounts of stolen Government properties, including properties belonging to other people.
“The amount involved is vast. The quantity of landed properties involved is huge. It runs to over 300 landed properties throughout the length and breadth of the country. We have discovered a huge volume of corruption,” Janneh said.
Janneh said the report is a 1,600 page document accompanied by transcripts of exhibits, testimonies, and rulings among others.
Already, the Gambia government has taken over assets belonging to the former president and his close associate Muhammed Bazzi.