FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

Gambia: Ex GPA MD & Finance Director Arraigned, Granted Bail

Hali Abdoulie Gai, former Director of Finance of the Gambia Ports Authority {GPA} alongside Abdoulie Tambedou, former Managing Director of the same institution were yesterday 31st of July arraigned before Magistrate Lamin Mbye of the Banjul Magistrates court, charged with Neglect of Official duties, Disobedience of lawful orders and Disobedience of Statutory orders.

Both accused persons pleaded not guilty as charged and were granted bail in the sum of 1 million dalasi and ordered to produce two Gambian sureties who must deposit biometric Identity Cards. They should also provide a title deed within the Greater Banjul Area amounting to the said mentioned figure for each of the accused persons.

According to the particulars of offence on count one, the aforesaid persons on or about May 2011, at Banjul being employed in the public service and in their capacities as Acting Managing Director and Director of Finance of Gambia Ports Authority {GPA}, respectively, by willful negligence and without expressed approval, diverted a loan of one hundred and fifty million {D150,000,000} secured from Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation {SSHFC} for the purpose of purchasing new ferries and thereby committed an offence.

Count two, particulars of offence, stated that the duo on or about May 2011, at Banjul being employed in the public service and in their capacities as Officers in Charge of Ferries and Managing Director of Gambia Ports Authority {GPA} respectively, in flagrant disobedience of an order of Task Force for Restructuring Ferries Services constituted by the Office of the President, diverted a loan of one hundred and fifty million dalasis {150,000,000} secured from Social Security Housing and Finance Corporation {SSHFC} for the purpose of purchasing new ferries and hereby committed an offence.

Count 3 particulars of offence alleged that Mr. Tambedou on or about 16th August, 2012 at Banjul being employed in the Public service as Managing Director of Gambia Ports Authority {GPA} procured used vehicles and machines from Ballast Nedam Africa B.V without the sanction of the GPA and thereby committed an offence.

Count Four, particulars of offence indicates that Mr. Tambedou on or about 23rd August 2012 at Banjul being employed in the Public Service as MD of GPA awarded a contract for the procurement of spare parts and rehabilitation of electronic weigh bridges to Avery Weight-Tronix Limited without the sanction of the Gambia Public Procurement Authority and thereby committed an offence.

Count Five, Particulars of offence, alleged that on or about August 2012, at Banjul being employed in the public service and in his capacity as MD of GPA, by willful negligence and without expressed approval diverted a loan of thirty million dalasis {30,000,000} secured from SSHFC for the purpose of repairing ferries and thereby committed and offence.

Upon plea of not guilty by both accused persons, Edward Singhateh, counsel for Hali Abdoulie Gai {1st accused} and Ebrima Jah counsel for Abdoulie Tambedou {2nd accused} applied for bail on behalf of the accused persons which was granted as mentioned above.

The Case is adjourned till 14th of August, 2013 for hearing.

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