Gambia millions missing after Yahya Jammeh flies into exile

Gambia millions missing after Yahya Jammeh flies into exile

More than $11m (about Sh1.1 billion) 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 seen being loaded on to a Chadian cargo plane on the night Mr Jammeh left the country.

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

Read alsoShock win heralds new hope, says Gambia’s president elect Adama Barrow

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 have 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. The BBC is unable to independently verify the claims.

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.

Previous News headlines January 23 2017
Next Kenyatta: We expect Trump to strengthen ties with Africa

You might also like

To qualify, you must possess Matiang’i D+, a Nairobi employer demands

A potential  employer in Nairobi on Wednesday February 1, 2017 set the internet a blaze after he riotously advertised for recruitment of 50 security officers trainees. In the advert that appeared

Latest 0 Comments

Republican victory draws mixed reactions from Muslim Americans

The election of Donald Trump as the next US President has drawn mixed reactions from the Muslim Americans, with some reacting positively and others with great concern.  Leader of the

News 0 Comments

City Hall now threatens to clamp down state agencies

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has threatened to clamp down national government departments and agencies over an accumulated debt of Sh65 billion in land rates arrears owed to City Hall. In

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!

Leave a Reply