Gambia refunds D34M to soldiers deployed to war-torn Darfur

Gambia refunds D34M to soldiers deployed to war-torn Darfur

Gambia’s government has settled its soldiers, who were deployed to the restive region of Darfur with D34 million (US$850,000), part of some percentage allegedly cut off of from their peacekeeping pay by former president, Yahya Jammeh.

At least 203 personnel of the Gambia’s military filed complaints with the new military chief, Lt. Gen. Sulayman Masanneh Kinteh that they had not received their pay weeks after their return.

“D164,713 has been paid back to each soldier,” military spokesperson, Lt. Col. Omar Bojang said. “90% of their mission sustenance allowance should be given to them while 10% should be used to meet their operational and logistic needs.”

Former President Jammeh has been accused of taking 30% of the pay of Gambian soldiers deployed for UN peacekeeping missions, an allegation his short time Chief of Staff, Pa Musa Jallow refuted.

Gambian soldiers are usually deployed to Darfur for a year, where the war has killed more than 300,000 people and displaced 2.8 million others.

Jammeh was forced to flee the Gambia after West African troops were deployed to depose him. He lost elections to Barrow and refused to cede power.

Gambia’s new government is launching a probe into his businesses and financial transactions. A preliminary investigation showed the demoralized ex-leader siphoned billions and stole money from state institutions and pensioners.

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