Social Security funds used to buy a private jet for President Jammeh

Social Security funds used to buy a private jet for President Jammeh

At least $4.5 million (D207 million dalasis) have been used from pensioners fund at the Social Security Administration to buy a private jet for former President Yahya Jammeh.

Jammeh has at least three private presidential jets to shuttle him and his family around the world and so far, the source of funding for two of the planes have been uncovered.

The former president also used some $4 million from the Gulf state of Qatar to buy a plane. The money was given to the country as a grant.

Monies, including grants from the government of Taiwan, was also diverted by Jammeh to maintaining his aircraft in state of the art facilities in the United States.

Gambian authorities in January had accused Jammeh of fleeing the country with at least $50 million, part of which is suspected to be from pensioners’ fund.

The Parliament was informed that the planes will be sold off to recover part of the stolen wealth. At least $11 million is expected to be realized from the sale of the planes.

Jammeh has also used social security funds to finance his businesses ventures, taking more than $40 million to keep his general merchandise retail enterprise afloat.

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