Gambian business tycoon Amadou Samba has denied reports that Gambia’s outgoing President Yahya Jammeh is his business partner.
According to The Gambia’s former foreign minister and economist Sidi Sanneh, Mr. Samba said he managed Jammeh instead.
“I managed him [referring to Yaya Jammeh], I was never a business partner of Jammeh,” said Samba.
The businessman denied having knowledge of any of Jammeh’s wealth and assets outside The Gambia, although some of Mr. Jammeh’s businesses are registered under Samba.
Legal experts say Samba claiming to be a manager instead of partner implicates him further as a manager may have more control over Mr. Jammeh’s business and decisions than a partner.
Samba has joined the long queue of influential people calling on President Yahya Jammeh to step down.
He has implored Jammeh to cooperate with President-elect Adama Barrow, who defeated Jammeh in the polls, and ECOEAS mediators led by Nigeria’s President Buhari for a smooth transition and transfer of power.
President Yahya Jammeh has refused to step down and is challenging the results in the Supreme Court, where he hopes he would be declared the winner or a call for fresh elections be made.