Archive | 01/10/2015

Thione Seck Speaks Out After Another Counterfeit and Ticket Manupulation Scandal Implicating His Son Alioune Seck

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Thione Seck the Lead Singer of Ram Daan Band

Reports from one of the Senegalese news agents,  Grand Place in Dakar indicates that one of Thione Seck’s sons Alioune Seck has been implicated in a money laundering scandal similar to the one his dad has been charged with. According to Grand Place, three Senegalese were arrested in Keur Massar with counterfeit francs denomination of 10000, 5000, 2000 and 500 and counterfeit manufacturing arsenal was also among the materials seized by the Senegalese police.

Meanwhile, captivated by residents due to their flamboyant lifestyles, the men were reported to the police by residents and the police conducted investigation into their activities which led to their subsequent arrest. According to Grand Place, the three men indicted Alioune Seck as the mastermind behind the group. One of the men arrested said that he had an appointment with the son of the lead singer of “Raam Daan ‘for another ticket multiplication operation.  Police investigations are ongoing, but Thione Seck’s son has not been arrested yet as he is alleged to be out of the country, but the three men have been referred to prosecutors.

However, speaking from prison of Cap Manuel, Thione Seck denied this latest scandal rocking him and his family, “I want to thank all my friends for the support they have continued to show me since the start of the event. I want to reassure them that I saw the incarceration with great faith after being satisfied that it stems from the will of God. I live well and continues to give thanks to God. However, given the course of events, I ask myself a number of questions that I want to share with all my friends. Since the beginning of this case in which I am a victim, he goes weird things that lead me to ask myself questions. It was always about conspiracies perpetrated by powerful lobbies. There was also talk of Masonic Lodge and other sponsors. I cannot condone these allegations, but I cannot help thinking that indeed there are some strengths lurking in the shadows who want to bury myself, ” said Thione Seck in a message.

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The Former Secretary General, Momodou Sabally Freed or Pardoned, But….!!!

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The Former Secretary General of The Gambia Mr. Momodou Sabally

The former Secretary General, Momodou Sabally has been pardoned by Yahya Jammeh according to the letter sent from the office of the president to the Special Criminal Court in Banjul where the trial has been taking place. Even though it was clear from the onset that the charges such as economic crime, abuse of office and false information against Mr Sabally were bogus and nothing new in The Gambia but the trend in which Yahya Jammeh openly interferes with the justice system in the country is alarming and a cause concern.

Yahya Jammeh has for a long time been interfering with the judiciary, because it is usually through the judiciary or his killer boys “the Junglers” he normally used to silence his critics by falsely accusing them and use his machinery judges to jail people on his terms. Worst still, Jammeh uses his Junglers to torture, maim or kill anyone he is not happy or comfortable with and such examples could be found in Imam Baba Leigh, Imam Ba-Kawsu Fofana, Amadou Sanneh’s et. al, cases. However, Jammeh used to interfere with the judiciary in disguise, but now he has started doing it in the open in Njogu Bah and Momodou Sabally’s cases respectively.

This is alarming and a cause for concern because for a country to develop and more forward judiciary is one major player that needs to be independent and free from all kinds and forms of interference. It is vitally important in a democracy that individual judges and the judiciary as a whole are impartial and independent of all external pressures and of each other so that those who appear before them and the wider public can have confidence that their cases will be decided fairly and in accordance with the law. If and when that is not the case, the country as a whole suffers in terms of law and order, foreign direct investment, democracy and fairness. Because investors will have to rely on the judiciary system of a country in terms of disputes and other legal settlements, but when that is not independent every prudent potential investor will be put off and thereby negatively affect the country’s economy. It is all well and good for Jammeh to pardon people, especially those that are arrested, charged and jailed under his terms, but it cannot be during the trials because justice must be allowed to take its course. As a result, we are calling on Jammeh to seize his current trend else whatever is left in the country will soon disappear because that is not only a mockery of our justice system but of the entire country and economy.