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Chief of Protocol questioned at Janneh Commission

Alagie Ousman Ceesay the Chief Protocol of President Adama Barrow on Wednesday appeared before the Janneh Commission to shed light on withdrawals he made at the central bank while serving as Chief Protocol at the office of former President Yahya Jammeh.

Mr Ceesay said while serving under the office of the former First Lady he did not know how that office was funded and has never being a signatory to any of the office’s accounts.

He recalled that he used to travel with the First Lady to the USA and during these engagements he used to stay in a hotel while the First Lady would stay in their compound in Maryland. ‘I don’t know if there were any Gambians staff at the resident of the First Lady’, the seasoned presidential protocol told the Janneh commission.

He remembered travelling with the former First Lady to Morocco and Guinea Conakry on several occasions. During these travels to Morocco, he also stayed in a hotel and has never visited any home of the First Lady except the family compound in Rabat.

According to him, while in Conakry he stayed in government quarters and has no idea regarding properties owned by the former First Lady, Zeinab Jammeh in Conakry.

The main subject matter of his summon concerns the withdrawal of $1,000,000, $500,000, $700,000, $700,000, $300,000 and $500,000. He said he was instructed by the former president to collect the said sum of monies from the central bank, which he did and after the transaction he handed over the cash to Jammeh.

The chief of protocol, however, explained that even in his capacity as the then Chief Protocol he had no idea what purpose the monies were used for.