A Gambian minister who was dismissed from the West African nation’s unity government’s cabinet has denied corruption allegations against him.
Mai Ahmad Fatty, the country’s former Minister of Interior broke silence on Tuesday after he was alleged to have taken a $333,000 (D15 million dalasis) bribe fro a Belgian company for national identification document contract.
“Anything that is said out there is just rumors being spread by my enemies and there is no iota of truth in whatever they are saying. The truth will always triumph,” Fatty said.
“I vehemently deny receiving any bribes from Semelex. I am confident that I am innocent,” while urging for an independent probe to be launched if he has done anything wrong.
“It is an orchestrated smear campaign of calumny designed to ruin my reputation. I am ready and willing to subject myself to the most expansive, thorough, independent investigation ever in the history of the Gambia on this matter.”
Fatty said he still remains steadfast in serving the country of fewer than two million people, which ended a two-decade-long dictatorship in last year’s election.
Gambia’s President Adama Barrow fired Fatty from his cabinet in a move that has been seen as the new leader asserting his authority but shocking to many supporters.
Fatty said the allegations are concocted and contain no fiber of truth, challenging anyone to prove him otherwise. The State House [Gambia’s equivalent of the White House] will not state why the righthand man of Mr. Barrow was ousted.
The former minister was the first in Barrow’s government to accuse ex-President Yahya Jammeh of fleeing with at least $12 million, which was later estimated to be at $50 million when the erstwhile leader was leaving to exile.
It prompted the Barrow regime to probe Jammeh’s financial activities, which has so far revealed damaging monetary consequences for the impoverished nation.
Corruption was rife in Jammeh’s regime and President Barrow campaigned vowing to curb it and restore the damaged economy.