President Yahya Jammeh lost last week’s elections to opposition candidate, Adama Barrow. The world had applauded his concession to the new President-elect but it seems the period of applause is over as Gambia’s new leaders vow to prosecute him.
Gambia’s new leaders; the chair of the country’s new ruling coalition vowed that President Yahya Jammeh will be prosecuted for his crimes within a year of handing over the reins of government in January.
A member of the coalition known as Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang said that the President is currently being prevented from leaving the country to ensure that he does not start a rebel movement.
Fatoumata claims that on the President’s farm located near the Senegalese border, there are “bunkers and treasure” that are enough to start an insurgency and the coalition has fears that he will move those weapons out of the country if allowed to travel.
She also said that the Gambia’s new leaders intended for him to be prosecuted speedily although they had not yet decided if the prosecution would be done within the Gambia or internationally. Gambia’s new leaders, however, seem to have plans to rejoin the international criminal court.
Fatoumata said President Jammeh had made requests to meet President-elect Barrow but that so far, the president-elect had refused. She says the two had made no deals concerning immunity. According to her;
“We don’t trust him. The longer we leave him, the more possibilities he has to leave the country, to escape from the country and to even do an insurgency. He is capable. The man is capable. In Kanilai, he has bunkers. I have reliable sources that [say that] he has bunkers. I have been reliably informed that he has treasure in Kanilai, he’s sitting on treasure, on gold as they say.”
Asset retrieval is also on the agenda of Gambia’s new leaders. Fatoumata said that Jammeh had amassed “billions of dollars, pounds, whatever” in stolen wealth. This wealth supposedly included loot from deceased dictators such as Gaddafi and Mobutu who lodged their assets in the Gambia. She said that the new government would attempt to get some of it back.
President Jammeh’s wife did not escape Fatoumata’s censure as she alleged;
“We are going to have a national commission for asset recovery, We’re going to investigate, to follow up not only him but his wife. His wife is a gold-digger. She has emptied our coffers. Each time you see her here it’s to empty our coffers.”
It would seem that President Yahya Jammeh has a lot to answer to in this new government, it is certainly a different look for Africa.