Wednesday, November 30

FINANCE MINISTRY REACTS: RE: LETTER TO THE EDITOR, CORRUPTION IN GAMBIA PROCUREMENT; RESPONSE TO ALLEGATION OF CORRUPTION IN THE DIRECTORATE OF PROCUREMENT, MOFEA

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RESPONSE TO ALLEGATION OF CORRUPTION IN THE DIRECTORATE OF PROCUREMENT, MOFEA

Dear Editor, this statement is written in response to the letter addressed to you on May 18th, 2021 with the caption ‘Corruption in Gambia

Procurement’ authored by someone who referred himself to as a ‘Concerned Citizen’. The said letter referenced Mr. Kebba Sallah, the current Procurement Director at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, who according to the writer was inter alia appointed with the help of the Minister of Finance and his Permanent Secretary.

Mr. Editor, readers are hereby informed that the writer has demonstrated the highest level of ignorance as far as job recruitment in the Public Service is concerned. I want to bring to his knowledge that the appointment of persons in such positions can neither be influenced by any sector, department nor an individual. Therefore, his allegations against the Minister of Finance and the Permanent Secretary are totally false, unfounded, and malicious. In fact, Mr. Sallah has been found to be highly educated and experienced and appointed by the PMO/PSC who felt that he is uniquely qualified for the position. Additionally, Mr. Sallah is one of the founders of the Gambia Public Procurement Institute, an institution he groomed and directed to where it is today. Furthermore, he had contributed significantly to the development of Public Procurement Reforms in the Gambia sanctioned by the EU, etc.

On the allegations of Mr. Sallah’s unsuccessful lobby for appointment as Secretary to the Complaints Review Board…the writer got it all wrong for not making enough research to know that Mr. Sallah was one of the architects of the said Board; evidence of this could be verified at GPPA/MOFEA/Pt.3/ (5) file, a letter written by Mr. Sallah on this effect. To draw the writer’s attention on Mr. Jatta’s relationship with Mr. Sallah, it is one of cordiality. The duo is hardworking and complimenting each other’s effort to ensure a vibrant procurement Directorate for the Gambia, so, it is futile and irrelevant to plant a seed of discord between the two.

To allege that the Ministry of Finance is one of the most corrupt Ministries in the Gambia is rather irresponsible of someone who calls himself a ‘concerned citizen’ without producing tangible evidence to corroborate his claims. I believe that the writer is one of those disgruntled fellows who have little good to offer for the wellbeing of mother Gambia except creating deception and giving false information to the public.

The Ministry of Finance is free of all the allegations and we, therefore, appeal to the general public to investigate any claims against the Ministry with our Information Officer before drawing false conclusions.

Thank you.

Ebrima S. Jallow

Information Officer

Ministry of Finance.

Editors note: Thanks Mr. Jallow for the rejoinder. Though, we found your above rejoinder email in our junk email folder. The mail came in yesterday, but it went into our junk folder. I was going through my junk spam email and saw it. Thanks for your kind attention.

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