“I have not been bribed and if anybody has any evidence to show that I am bribed, then I welcome anybody from anywhere in the world to come and show that,” Minister of Interior Mai Ahmed Fatty said during a press conference with journalists at his new office building along the Bertil Harding Highway.
Minister Fatty, has recently been at the centre of many corruption allegations circulating on the social medias. the Minister has, by these words, denied allegations that he has given a biometric national identification card project to Semlex Company in exchange for an unspecified amount of dollars. Minister Fatty said the contract with Semlex was signed by Yahya Jammeh’s government and was terminated by executive directives. He said even Jammeh’s Justice ministry had advised him not to go ahead with the rather unorthodox termination of the contract with Semlex given the legal implication it could have. “And so we did not want to go through another adjudication process when Jammeh’s own Justice minister is telling us don’t,” Mr Fatty added.
The Minister of Interior said the Gambian-owned Pristine company has never applied to his office to bid for making of The Gambia’s identification cards.
The ministry also addressed many other issues such as prison reforms initiatives they are working on and salary increment plans for service personnel.