Janneh Commission spends over D50M in 18 months

The Commission of Inquiry which was coined by the media as Janneh Commission has invested D50,951,261 in its 18 months mandate, according to Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou.

“This includes all the expenses incurred in the course of their investigations including but not limited to honorarium paid to three commissioners and 58 staff working at the commission throughout this period,” he informed deputies at the National Assembly on Tuesday.

He added that this includes counsel’s fees, fuel, stationery, food, security and rentals among host of others.

The Commission was established by President Adama Barrow to probe the financial, business and assets dealings of Yahya Jammeh, former president and his close associates.

Deputies at the National Assembly in June last year with an unanimous vote approved a three-month extension of the Commission of Inquiry stretching its mandate to early November. The legislators also approved the increment of the remuneration of commissioners to the sum of D300, 000.

However, the November timeline could not finish the task and the commission therefore sought another extension to January 2019.

After tabling the motion before lawmakers last year, the attorney general and minister of Justice hailed legislators for their endorsement.

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