Gambia: Ex-leader spent D6.75 million to buy new flags

Gambia: Ex-leader spent D6.75 million to buy new flags

Former President Yahya Jammeh ordered his aides to take more than $270,000 (D12.15 million dalasis) to buy new state flags and red carpets.

At least $150,000 (D6.75 million dalasis) was transferred to the Gambia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York to buy the flags.

The former President Jammeh also sent $120,000 (D5.4 million dalasis) to the North African nation of Morocco to buy royal red carpets for the presidential suite at the Banjul International Airport.

Service to the country is not the reason Jammeh had entrenched himself in power since 1994. He was self-serving and looted billions from the state’s coffers.

Despite the structures and formalities of a democracy, Jammeh ruled by authoritarian fear and refused to develop opposition strongholds.

Gambia is poor and at least two third of its rural population live on less than $1.25 a day, below the United Nations poverty line.

Jammeh has fled into exile, stole millions of dollars during the political standoff between him and his rival Adama Barrow, and shipped luxury cars by Cargo plane to Equatorial Guinea.

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