Auditors are combing through thousands of files at the State House, the executive office of the Gambia’s president to uncover financial malpractices that have been committed by former ruler, Yahya Jammeh.
An official of the Gambia’s government said the State House audit has been ongoing for a while and shocking discoveries have been made involving Mr. Jammeh and some of his staffers.
The State House has never been audited since Jammeh came to power in 1994 but it is reported that the audit found at least $7.5 million (D300 million dalasis) was spent by Mr. Jammeh’s office monthly.
Gambian authorities have accused Jammeh of corruption and have put a freeze on his domestic assets on Monday. He made away with $50 million in the last days of his regime and transferred money from public corporations to his personal account.
Jammeh had absolute control over all government departments and finances and the audits, according to the government will reveal the depth of the corruption that marred the former regime.
Gambia’s Justice Minister, Aboubacarr Baa Tambadou says Jammeh’s stealing of $50 million and other “discoveries are just a tip of the iceberg.”
The extent of corruption and mismanagement in Jammeh’s State House is unknown but the figures, according to our sources are too astronomical with most of the money being spent by Jammeh and his “shopping-loving wife, Zineb Jammeh.”