Jammeh Loyalists Decry Witch Hunt as Commission of Inquiry Begins Work

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Loyalists of former Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh are crying foul as the new government officially begins a search for property Jammeh allegedly looted.

President Adama Barrow, on Wednesday, inaugurated a 3-member commission of enquiry to look into the assets of his predecessor. According to Barrow, the move was ‘‘another step in our change agenda for good governance.’‘

But back in Kanilai, Jammeh’s hometown, where he had built an estate that had buildings, a mosque, a safari park and a military warfare training camp, loyalists are protesting over the enquiry and accusing the Barrow-led government of witch hunt.

Reuters quotes Fabakary Tombong Jatta as saying, “These people just want anything with any link to Jammeh and that’s not fair,” the APRC member said, calling the investigation “witch-hunting”.

That view resonates with other loyalists in Kanilai and across the country. Members of his party have been following government officials and other people involved in assessing Jammeh’s estate as part of efforts aimed at retrieving state funds.

Jammeh who left the country after his over two-decade rule ended in January this year is currently in Equatorial Guinea. He has not commented on the situation back home since he left. The last that was seen of him was when pictures emerged of him working on a farm in his new country.

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