A leading figure in The Gambia’s new government said the country’s outgoing President Yahya Jammeh and his Guinean-Moroccan wife Zineb Jammeh would be investigated.
The Jammeh’s have been accused of amassing wealth at the expense of Gambian people and estimated to be worth US$1.2 billion.
Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh owns a US$3.5 million mansion in an affluent suburb near Washington, DC and reportedly own mansions and businesses in Europe and the Middle East.
“We are going to have a national commission for asset recovery,” Mrs. Tambajang told the Guardian. “We’re going to investigate, to follow up on not only him but his wife. His wife is a gold-digger. She has emptied our coffers. Each time you see her here, it’s to empty our coffers.”
A former bodyguard to First Lady Jammeh revealed in an interview that Mrs. Jammeh takes millions of dollars and spends them on shopping sprees in malls around Washington, DC on diamond and gold jewelry, designer clothing and shoes. She regularly flies around the world on chartered flights costing Gambian taxpayers millions of dollars annually.
President Yahya Jammeh came to power in 1994 campaigning on a promise to stamp out corruption. He and his colleagues were called the soldiers with a difference and chanted the slogan of “accountability, transparency, and probity.”
Jammeh accused former President Sir Dawda Jawara of “living a flamboyant lifestyle amid rampant corruption.” Jammeh, however, has lived more flamboyant and was more corrupt than his predecessor with a high taste for everything America.
Among his luxuries are mansions in Europe, businesses in the Middle East, fleets of Rolls Royce Phantoms, two private jets and tens of armored vehicles.
President Jammeh has amassed wealth from monopolizing businesses, stashing money and assets for dictators such as ousted Libyan dictator Moammar Ghadaffi and laid claims over thousands of hectares of land across The Gambia.