Jammeh’s regime bought 30-year old ferries at D384.3M

Jammeh’s regime bought 30-year old ferries at D384.3M

Two ferries bought by the Jammeh regime have been found not to be consistent with the Port of Banjul anchor site and continuously had mechanical issues.

The used ferries, Aljamdu and Kansala were purchased from a Greek company, Gallia Holdings at a tune of €7 million euros (D384.3 million dalasis) and are said to be unfit for Gambian waters.

The ferries are putting Gambian lives at risk and are 30 years old, according to new findings by Gambian authorities.

With the considered age of the ferries, authorities are not questioning the real cost of the vessels. Jammeh is suspected to have diverted millions of state funds for his personal use.

At least $1.5 million has been spent in repairing the vessels and Gambia may be seeking arbitration with Gallia Holding to address the many issues that came with the Albamdu and Kansala.

Journey across the estuary of the River Gambia is risky. The country has commissioned a brand new ferry, which is said to meet international safety standards.

Most ferries in The Gambia are old, usually overcrowded, and sometimes break down mid-crossing.

A ferry incident in 2014 resulted in the deaths of five of those on board, including a Belgian tourist, while much more were injured, some seriously.

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