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Published On: Sat, Jan 20th, 2024

National Assembly concludes investigation into corruption allegations at GT Board

The National Assembly has wrapped up its investigation into corruption allegations at the Gambia Tourism Board which was initiated by the staff who were unhappy with the situation in 2021.

The staff made these variety of allegations against former senior officials of GT Board and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture including the minister himself, regarding the award of contracts for the construction of ecolodges, allocations of land in the tourism development area and abuse of office among others. Due they however, denied any wrongdoing. 

Suwaibou Touray, the chairman of the committee and member for Wuli East said that these allegations have been thoroughly investigated and the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the committee are expected to be presented before the plenary in the next ordinary session of the National Assembly.

As part of the parliamentary investigations, testimonies were received from the tourism minister Hamat Bah, former permanent secretary Codou Jabang-Senghore, former GT Board director general Abdoulie Hydara, former GT Board finance director Ousainou Senghore, current GT Board director general Abubacarr Camara, former director general of GPPA Abdoulie Tambedou, and the managing directors of Lerr Group and Construct Limited among others.

Asked what happens after the presentation of the report, Chairman Touray stated: “After we present the report, it will come with recommendations and or resolutions and then the minister responsible must come and respond to our recommendations and resolutions.”

The minister responsible [tourism] was among officials implicated in the allegations, but according to the chairman, the “vice president may step in to respond in the absence of the minister” to avoid conflict of interest.

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