Alagi Yorro Jallow

(JollofNews)-  The Gambia Government should present a formal request to the United States government, the European Union, African Union and ECOWAS for mutual legal assistance involving the former President, Yahya Jammeh for a framework that would cover the whole spectrum from the source of the stolen assets stashed abroad during his presidency.

I think Justice Minister Baa Tambadou should sponsor bill to the National Assembly seeks to provide a Control Management Agency that would keep an accurate data of all the assets of Yahya Jammeh and his accomplice seized, taken over or forfeited to the government so that these assets cannot be stolen, illegally sold or unlawfully converted for personal use and benefit.

1. The bill would provide the Agency or “Trust Fund” to monitor the acquired and seized assets by keeping within their domains the necessary maintenance to keep the assets.

2. The bill would provide the agency a platform that will keep an accurate data and inventory of all the assets acquired, seized, taken or forfeited by Government in or outside The Gambia.

3. The bill would provide the agency with all the necessary steps to be taken to guard the agency against vandalization, conversion of the assets for personal use and benefits by the officials under whose custody these assets are.

4. The bill would provide a mechanism to the agency whereby all monies accruing to the Agency are deposited into a Special Account. This propose bill will help to recover all stolen assets from Yahya Jammeh.

By Alagi Yorro Jallow 

Mr Jallow is founder and former managing editor of The Independent, the Gambia’s only private newspaper before it was banned by the government in 2005. He was a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, a 2007 Nieman fellow and is the author of Delayed Democracy: How Press Freedom Collapsed in Gambia published in 2013.