Call it a reunion of the former Jammeh enablers. Finance Minister Mamburay Njie is up to no good. He has started recalling his former colleagues at the Finance Ministry during dictator Jammeh’s watch. Adou Boy is at the helm of this secret coordination. Mamburay is very discrete with the way he is going about reinstating his former partners in aiding and abetting Jammeh to plunder our economy. Njie hasn’t learnt at all. He has now earned himself with the reputation of being the “go to guy” to be used by corrupt leaders. The fix is in Gambia. Mod A.K Secka, the former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Finance, who had worked under Mamburay Njie during Jammeh’s rule, has been appointed Permanent Secretary Number 1 at the said ministry.
Mod Secka had left his D100,000 dalasis high paying job BSIC bank to accept a PS job at the Ministry of Finance with a lesser salary. BSIC bank is a Libyan bank.
As PS number 1, his monthly salary is not more than D30,000 dalasis. He was appointed two months ago. Though it was done secretly.
“Don’t you see that Mamburay Njie has brought back Mod Secka as the Permanent Secretary of Finance? Mod Secka was the PS, when Mamburay was Minister of Finance during Jammeh’s rule,” said our source.
“Why would Mod Secka quit his job as counterpart MD of BSIC bank (the Libyan bank) with a salary of more than D100,000 per month to become a PS receiving less than D30,000 per month? And similar things are happening at GRA, GCAA, etc and other ministries. We are in a big shit,” our source added.
Secka had been named by multiple witnesses, who have appeared before Janneh Commission on issues relating to alleged financial malpractices perpetrated by the exiled dictator Yahya Jammeh. A case in point is the testimony of banker Karamba Jawara.
Mr. Karamba Jawara, principal banking officer, Central Bank of The Gambia, deputising the governor of the bank, yesterday reappeared before the Janneh Commission in connection to several accounts that were operated by the office of the former president, the Point Newspaper reported on December 20th 2017.
According to him, the first account was a Dollar account operated by the Ministry of Finance, namely Second Divestiture account which was opened on the 8 August, 2008 and was controlled by the Ministry of Finance, and the opening balance was $2,737,117.50.
He further stated that the purpose of the account was not stated but the funds were from the proceeds of GAMTEL/GAMCEL shares and the total deposit into the account was $32,437,008 while the total withdrawal was $32, 364, 933.83 and the last transaction was on the 27 March, 2009, with a debit of $25,000. He said as at now, there is a balance of $72,024.17 and the signatories were Musa Balla Gaye, former Finance Minister, Sering Cham and Mod A.K. Secka, former permanent secretaries, Ministry of Finance.
Adama Barrow is playing with the lives of Gambians. He has mortgaged the change that Gambians have fought for with blood, tears and sweat.
The likes of Mod Secka, Mamburay Njie, Momodou Tangara, Alhagie Ceesay just to name a few cannot pass a simple Google job background check. The records are there for all to see.
Recent revelations made by Former Accountant General and onetime Jammeh Finance Minister Margret Keita that Barrow had moved the Internal Audit Office to the Office of President speaks volume. This rookie President has something to hide. He is using the likes of Mamburay to assault our financial institutions.
The whole idea of annexing the Internal Audit Office to the Office of the President is purely aimed at under reporting government financial spending and theft. Barrow wants the Audit Office to be under his watchful eyes.
It should be noted that it was Mod Secka, who signed the letter removing the Chairperson of Pro Poor Advocacy Group (Pro-PAG) Mrs Adelaide Sosseh. The organization’s Executive Director John Njie was also removed. This follows an Executive Directive from dictator Jammeh back in June of 2006.
Ms. Sosseh was forced into exile by dictator Jammeh. She had to leave the country for Mali, fear for her personal safety. She is the Deputy Chairperson of Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission.
Below is a news article published by the Shout Africa website about the illegal removal of Madam Sosseh and John Njie.
By Gambian Correspondent – The Board of Directors of Pro Poor Advocacy Group (Pro-PAG) has come under fire after it received a “directive” to replace its chairperson and director.
The agency Saturday convened what it said was an “emergency meeting” to discuss “directives” received from the ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs in Banjul.
Mrs Adelaide Sosseh
The directive, signed by Mod A.K Secka, Permanent Secretary No. 1 at the ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, stated among others that the “Government of the Gambia does not recognize Mrs Adelaide Sosseh as member and Chairperson of the Board of Pro-PAG as well as Mr John Njie, Director of the said agency.”
Consequently, the directive urged the Board of Pro-PAG to identify a new chairperson and that Mr John should be replaced by one Mr Omar Jobe, the erstwhile holder of the position as Director, “if Pro-PAG is to earn Government’s recognition as a partner in development.”
“The Office of the President houses the NGO Affairs Agency and has the right in the public interest to de-register Pro-PAG in the event that these issues are not taken on board,” the directive which was addressed to the Director of Pro-PAG by the ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs and made available to this paper said.
At Saturday’s meeting held at the TANGO hall and attended by the Board of Pro-PAG and other partners, members agreed that it would this week replace Mrs Adelaide Sosseh and Mr John Njie as Board Chairperson and Director of the group respectively.
The meeting also selected a five-member interim board committee to steer the affairs of the group and other activities till the next Annual General Meeting.
The interim board comprises Ebrima Garba Cham from Labour Department, Aja Kadijatou Jallow from ActionAid International The Gambia, Ahmed Alota from the Gambia Press Union, TANGO and the NGO Affairs Agency.
Also at the emergency general meeting, the outgoing Pro-PAG Director John Niie presented a Summary of Annual Reports 2008-2010, highlighting some of the achievements, challenges and opportunities during the period under review.
He stated that the incident has marred the trust and confidence that had previously obtained between Pro-PAG and the government.
According to John Njie, Pro-PAG has the formidable task of rebuilding its image and dispelling the mis-conceptions that have been created which hang like clouds over the organization.
“Based on the lessons learnt from our successes and failures, it is important that Pro-PAG should be a learning institution not only for itself, but for other NGOs,” he said.
He added “it is important that Pro-PAG learned from its experience about what he described as “the messy realities of internal conflict”, and use this as a learning module for other NGOs so that they do not fall into the same situation as Pro-PAG, and translate the knowledge acquired into good systematic practices.”
He noted that the rancour that has ridden the organization in the recent past has not only affected the image of Pro-PAG, but questioned its own value system.
Meanwhile, Omar Badjie of Action Aid-The Gambia announced his resignation as Pro-PAG board member at the meeting, based on what he said was ‘personal’ reasons.