Hon. Bakary Badjie, National Assembly Member For Foni Bintang.
By Landing Ceesay
The National Assembly Member (NAM) for Foni Bintang Karanai, Hon. Bakary K. Badjie, questioned the seizure and sale of former President Yahya Jammeh’s assets, saying “it is not accepted.”
“Is it that Jammeh owns nothing for 22 years of his service? Is it that Jammeh was not earning salaries? Is it that Jammeh had absolutely nothing that you seized all his assets? You sold everything. Is a witch hunt. What was the matter? What went wrong? And this we need to clarify and whoever is involved in buying the assets of Jammeh, we are going to dig it to the end. Let me tell you a change of government can come at any time.
“A Government can change at any time. What goes around, comes around. I want to challenge the President of the Republic to take this matter seriously, to go and dig into the issues that happened to Jammeh and his assets. Even his compound in his own village was seized. This is not accepted. Whoever bought this compound be prepared on concrete grounds,” Hon. Badjie said.
Hon. Badjie made these remarks during an adjournment debate of the first extraordinary session of the sixth legislature.
Hon. Badjie said they are waiting “anxiously” for the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to provide them with the list of Jammeh’s assets that were seized.
“We wait in eagerness to see those that bought the assets of the former president and the assets that are yet to be sold. Please, we want to know all and then when accountability comes, we will settle whatever we want to settle. But this country, we must defend it, and we must defend those in power. For those in power, it is their duty to defend those that pass before them in whatever they have done in a just manner. Because what goes around, comes around, which is very, very important,” he said.