22 February 2013

Gambia: Kemo Ceesay Cross-Examined in Mambanyick's Trial

Kemo Ceesay, the second prosecution witness (PW2) in the criminal trial involving the state against Mambanyick Njie, the former permanent secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, on Thursday told the Banjul Magistrates' Court that Seedy Kinteh, the former president of the Gambia Football Association (GFA) was not a staff of the GFA, but an executive member. The case was presided over by acting Principal Magistrate Dawda Jallow.

Ceesay made this statement while answering questions posted to him under cross-examination by the defence counsel for the accused person, Lawyer Antouman Gaye. He added that executive members are elected and are not paid salaries. It could be recalled that the cross-examination of the said witness was interposed with the hearing of the evidence of other witnesses.

At yesterday's proceeding, PW2 stated that the accused person did not make any complaint about him (PW2) personally. He informed the court that he has a fixed monthly salary, adding that he cannot tell all the other allowances included in his pay slip because he was not in court with the payroll. He said he is currently on an indefinite leave, adding that the executive of the GFA are not in a fulltime job but they are only entitled to allowances when they are travelling. He said they are also not entitled to transport and telephone allowances.

Asked about who was responsible for their (the GFA executive members) ticket, accommodation and pocket money when travelling, he responded that it depends on the type of trip one is embarking on. PW2 further disclosed that allowances are paid by 50% if accommodation and feeding is provided by FIFA or CAF. Ceesay added that if an executive member is travelling with the national team it is the responsibility of the Ministry of Youth and Sports to take care of them but in the event that the Ministry doesn't have money, the GFA supports financially.

The witness said he knows Jammeh Bojang, the secretary general of the GFA, adding that he was a staff of the GFA. He said Jammeh Bojang was entitled to salary and his transport allowance was part of his salary but he was not entitled to telephone allowance. Ceesay disclosed that he knew that there was a contract between GFA and Gamcel for the sponsorship of the Gambia U-17. He said both Seedy Kinteh and Jammeh Bojang were given Gamcel lines and he doesn't know who was responsible for the payment of the telephone bill but the Gamcel lines were part of the sponsorship package.

At that juncture the case was adjourned to 4th March 2013 for continuation.

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