Gambia: Opposition leader questioned by police

Gambia: Opposition leader questioned by police

An opposition leader in The Gambia was questioned by the police following his allegation of corruption against ministers in its new government.

Mama Kandeh, the leader of the GDC last week accused the Barrow administration of corruption and theft associated with foreign loans and aid.

He was questioned by detectives from the Criminal Investigation Department and the Serious Crime Unit of the police, according to a senior opposition official.

Gambia acquired more than $170 million in loan and aid from its international partners in less than six months into ending dictatorship and ushering in democracy.

“It is not for the police to question Mr. Kandeh about political statements made on a political platform. He stands by his utterance and is ready to take it on with his political opponents,” said Kandeh’s spokesperson, Momodou Jallow.

President Adama Barrow was briefed by his Minister of Finance on the status of the loans and the cabinet this week reviewed the country’s financial agreements following the allegations.

Barrow has pledged to stamp out corruption during campaigns leading to the election that brought him to power. He predecessor, Yahya Jammeh is accused of siphoning billions.

Gambian authorities have launched a probe into his assets and its Justice Department has seized no less than 180 properties, 95 bank accounts and 24 companies belonging to Jammeh.

A Commission started hearing this week from Jammeh’s associates and key witnesses into his assets, the first apparent crackdown by Barrow to ascertain the depth of corruption in Jammeh’s government.

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