Left Menu
Development News Edition

Gambian ex-president to face prosecution for corruption

PTI | Banjul | Updated: 14-09-2019 06:03 IST | Created: 14-09-2019 06:00 IST
Gambian ex-president to face prosecution for corruption
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Gambian government on Friday said it intended to prosecute former president Yahya Jammeh on allegations of theft and corruption. Jammeh, who ruled the tiny West African state for 22 years, fled the country in January 2017 after losing presidential elections and initially refusing to step down.

The former president acquired more than 280 private and commercial properties, islands, forest parks, wetland and wildlife reserves during his time in power, according to a commission of inquiry cited by Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou. Tambadou described it as an "unconscionable land grab".

The commission was established by President Adama Barrow and has been probing assets accumulated by Jammeh, his family and associates during his rule, which ended after a military intervention by other West African states. "The damage former president Jammeh has caused to government institutions, public resources and state owned enterprises is of such serious nature," that charges should be brought, said Tambadou, who is also Attorney General.

The announcement came after the commission of inquiry submitted its report in March. "The commission also found that disproportionate amounts of resources were wasted, misappropriated and diverted by former president Jammeh amounting to at least $304,718," Tambadou added.

Jammeh came to power in a bloodless coup in July 1994 and was repeatedly re-elected in disputed circumstances until defeated in December 2016 by the relatively unknown Barrow. After the other West African states intervened, Jammeh bolted from his country and found refuge in Equatorial Guinea.

Human rights activists accuse his regime of torturing opponents, executions without trial, forced disappearances and rape. A Truth Commission has been hearing evidence of the mayhem, including testimony from hitmen who said they carried out dozens of murders for Jammeh.



Post-COVID-19 Nigeria needs a robust Health Management Information System to handle high disease burden

Nigeria is among a few countries that conceptualised a health management information system HMIS in the early 90s but implementation has been a challenge till date. Besides COVID-19, the country has a huge burden of communicable and non-com...

Morocco COVID-19 response: A fragile health system and the deteriorating situation

Learning from its European neighbors, Morocco imposed drastic measures from the initial stages of the COVID-19 outbreak to try to contain its spread. The strategy worked for a few months but the cases have surged after mid-June. In this sit...

COVID-19: Argentina’s health system inefficiencies exaggerate flaws of health information system

You can recover from a drop in the GDP, but you cant recover from death, was the straightforward mindset of Argentinas President Alberto Fernndez and defined the countrys response to COVID-19. The South American nation imposed a strict...

Rwanda’s COVID-19 response commendable but health information system needs improvement

Rwanda is consistently working to improve its health information system from many years. However, it is primarily dependent on the collection and reporting of health data on a monthly basis. Besides, evaluation studies on Rwandas HIS publis...


Latest News

Macron challenger presses France to save tyre plant

France should invest in a Bridgestone tyre plant threatened with closure, the head of its regional government who plans to run against President Emmanuel Macron in 2022 said on Sunday, ahead of a ministerial visit to the site. The call by X...

Dues of 4 major domestic airlines to AAI more than doubled in Feb-July period

Dues of four major domestic airlines -- IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir and AirAsia India -- to the Airports Authority of India AAI have more than doubled between February and July amid the coronavirus pandemic, senior officials said. However,...

NDRI uses clone technology to develop buffalo calf 'Tejas' for high milk yield

Karnal Haryana, September 20 ANI The National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal has developed a high yield breed buffalo calf Tejas which will help in increasing milk production and farmers income across the country. The National Dairy Resea...

Taiwan president says drills show China is threat to region

Two days of Chinese military aircraft approaching Taiwan demonstrate that Beijing is a threat to the entire region and have shown Taiwanese even more clearly the true nature of Chinas government, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Sunday. Multi...

Give Feedback