22 February 2013

Gambia: Cross Examination Continues in Mambanyick Njie Case

Senior counsel Antouman Gaye, yesterday continued to cross examine the second prosecution witness, Kemo Ceesay at the Banjul Magistrates' court presided over by Principal Magistrate Dawda Jallow in the ongoing alleged false information trial involving Mambanyick Njie, former permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

According to the witness, he is still the treasurer of the Gambia Football Association (GFA) but was quick to add that he is suspended indefinitely; adding that ex-GFA President, Seedy Kinteh was not a staff of GFA.

What is he in terms of office? Asked counsel?

"He was the President of the GFA", replied the witness. He added that executive members of the GFA are not paid salaries.

When asked by the defence whether executive members are on full time basis, he replied in the negative; adding that executive members are entitled to allowances if they are traveling but if they are not to travel no allowances are allocated.

When asked by counsel whether executive members are entitled to transport and telephone allowances, he replied in the negative.

According to the witness if the executive is traveling through FIFA, FIFA will provide their tickets and GFA pays the traveling allowance but if accommodation and feeding is being provided by FIFA, then GFA pays 50% as allowances.

The witness further explained to the court that if an executive member is travelling with a national team it is the responsibility of the Ministry of Youth and Sports to take care of allowances but if they are without money, the GFA will take the burden.

The witness at this juncture agreed with counsel that it is his (witnesses) department that is responsible of paying staff salaries. He said the then Secretary General of the GFA, Jammeh Bojang was entitled to transport allowance and not telephone allowance.

Was there a limit to the transport allowance of Mr. Bojang? He asked?

"Yes", replied the witness; adding that he could not remember the limit.

According to the witness, up to the time he was treasurer of the GFA he used to know that there was a contract between Gamcel and GFA regarding the sponsor of the under 17 and a Gamcel line was given to Mr. Bojang.

Who is responsible for the payment of the bills? Asked counsel?

"I don't know", replied the witness.

Cross examination continues on the 4th of March, 2013.

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