Gambia’s new government may not be in tandem with the agreement brokered by regional powers and ex-president, Yahya Jammeh for him to peacefully cede power, said MP Halifa Sallah.
Jammeh, who ruled The Gambia for 22 years had his domestic assets seized by Gambian authorities over allegations of corruption and financial mismanagement.
The seizure affected 131 properties, 88 bank accounts, 14 companies and livestock belonging to and associated with the former strongman.
A last-minute diplomatic effort by Guinea’s Lansana Conte and Mauritania’s Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz brokered a deal for Jammeh to leave and avert civil war.
“Kanilai is the hometown of ex –President Jammeh, who left the country under an agreement with the UN, AU and ECOWAS negotiators for him to leave in a haste by getting an assurance that his properties and supporters would be protected,” said Sallah.
He was compelled to flee to Equatorial Guinea after West African forces advanced towards the small nation’s island capital, Banjul.
As part of the compromise for Jammeh to ‘temporarily leave the country’ for Equatorial Guinea, international power brokers agreed that his family and assets ‘lawfully’ belonging to him will not be targeted for undue sanctions.
“The UN, AU and ECOWAS negotiators did not proceed to sign a document with President Barrow to get him to also Commit himself to the declaration of intent of the negotiators,” said Mr. Sallah.
No one has ever seen a signed agreement from the talks but despite these claims, Gambian authorities froze his assets accusing him of stealing some $50 million dollars while fleeing.
A probe has been launched into Jammeh’s financial and business dealings and Gambian authorities say the ex-longstanding ruler’s assets were frozen to prevent him from liquidating them pending the findings.
Jammeh ruled The Gambia with an iron fist. He came to power as a young Lieutenant in the Gambian army overthrowing the government of Sir Dawda Jawara.