Gambia’s government will be probing the personal finances of its dispirited former President Yahya Jammeh, who stands accuse of corruption and embezzling billions.
Barrow’s administrations said Mr. Jammeh siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars during the last two years old into personal bank accounts and investigations will be carried out in the next few months.
Jammeh withdrew money from state accounts in cash, including from the Central Bank and took millions from pensioner’s fund.
Reuters reported that Jammeh also took money from his wife’s foundation and from his own Jammeh Foundation for Peace.
“We are setting up a commission of inquiry looking into Jammeh’s financial and business related activity,” Justice Minister Aboubacarr Baa Tambadou told Reuters. “Absolutely we will look into the Jammeh Foundation as part of this inquiry.”
Tambadou said that the donations into the foundation account, which according to bank statements included payments from Euro African Group and Selectra AG, will be investigated.
Gambians are campaigning for Jammeh to be brought back to The Gambia to answer allegations of corruption, crimes against the state and human rights abuses.
He has been accused of widespread human rights abuses, including detention, torture and “disappearance” of opposition politicians, journalists and military personnel, rights groups say.
The 22-year ruler of the Gambia fled to Equatorial Guinea after regional forces entered the West African nation to oust him.
Jammeh had refused to cede power after he was defeated by Adama Barrow in the December elections, in an election largely hailed as a win for democracy.