17 December 2012

Gambia: Ex-Minister Mambury Njie Charged With Economic Crime

Police prosecutors Friday brought a charge of economic crime against Mamburry Njie, former Finance and Economy Affairs Minister at the Banjul Magistrates' Court before acting Principal Magistrate Babuccar Secka.

This development came barely a few months after he was sacked as Minister of High Education, Research, Science and Technology.

Mamburry Njie who was in court without a legal representative, denied the charge of abuse of office and economic crime.

The case was subsequently transferred to the High Court, which has the jurisdiction to hear the matter.

According to the particulars of offence, Mambury Njie, between 2006 and 2010 in Banjul and diverse places in The Gambia, intentionally and recklessly did an act which was detrimental to the economy of The Gambia.

An economist and international affairs specialist with over two decades of experience in the country's economic affairs, international appraisal and public sector administration and management, Mr. Njie started his career as a cadet economist at the then Ministry of Finance and Trade.

He rose through the ranks and served in various capacities such as Principal Economist and Head of Macro-Economic and Financial Analysis Unit, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs.

He also served as Ambassador to the Republic of China on Taiwan, Permanent Secretary 1 Office of the President in charge of Energy and Economic Affairs, Managing Director, Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation, Secretary-General and Head of the Civil Service and Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

Mambury Njie, who holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Economics and Political Science from East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania, USA, also served as Chairman Board of Directors and board member of public and private institutions in The Gambia.

Mr. Njie also holds a Masters degree in International Affairs with specialisation in Economic Policy Management from Columbia University, USA; Diploma in Managing a Global Competitive Economy from the Arthur D Little Management Education Institute, Cambridge, USA.

Njie also holds a diploma in External Policies from the International Monetary Fund Institute, Washington D.C, USA; Diploma in Investment Appraisal from the Howard University, USA and Diploma in Macro Economic Analysis for Structural Adjustment from the World Bank Economic Development Institute, Washington D.C USA.

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