Diplomatic Passports Still Used?

Courtesy of Sidi Sanneh Blog – Monday, July 24, 2017

Zeinab Jammeh

The wife of the former Gambian dictator, Zainab Suma Jammeh, is currently involved in a diplomatic row in the Senegalese capital of Dakar, in part, because of the laxity with which diplomatic passports are issued and managed.

Zainab Jammeh arrived in Dakar last Thursday from Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea where she and her husband have been granted political asylum after Jammeh lost his presidential bid for a 5th term.

Since January, Zainab Jammeh has been travelling, at least on a couple of occasions, to Dakar on a Gambian diplomatic passport while enjoying all the associated diplomatic courtesies at the airport in Dakar and other destinations.

Zeinab’s Dinner with Amadou Samba and Samuel Sarr

Her dinner with Amadou Samba and Samuel Sarr at the Beluga Restaurant in Dakar, we have come to learn, was not the first.  The ensuing scandal is still unfolding as details of the meeting begin to emerge.

Senegalese Govt Complicity?

Apart from the VIP treatment she receives, her visits are kept a secret until her cover was blown with our Facebook post that got the Senegalese press flatfooted, suggesting a degree of complicity by some members of the Senegalese government.

Banjul Official Complicity?

There are officials in Banjul, as well, who are equally complicit in allowing this international jet-setter who is more interested in using her diplomatic status to amass wealth by engaging in activities unbecoming a former First Lady at the expense of Gambia and the Gambian people. As she embroiled in a scandal that will be subject of future blog posts, the Gambian officials in Banjul responsible for allowing her to continue enjoying the privileges associated with traveling around on a diplomatic passport must take full responsibility of the events unfolding in Dakar because they fail to revoke her diplomatic passports.

Gambian Diplomatic Passport Abuse?

Who else, in Jammeh’s former entourage, is traveling around the globe on diplomatic passport who is not entitled to one?  Is Amadou Samba traveling on Gambian diplomatic passport?  If so, it should also be revoked immediately, together with Zainab Suma Jammeh’s, and anyone else not entitled to be in possession of one.  They should all be traveling on ordinary passports provided they are eligible to be in possession of one.



Top associates of Gambia’s ex-dictator arrested in Senegal

A Gambian businessman with ties to the country’s former autocratic ruler has been arrested by the police in Dakar, the Senegalese media reports.

Amadou Samba and ex-Senegalese Minister of Energy, Samuel Sarr were arrested after a meeting with former President Yahya Jammeh’s wife, Zineb Jammeh.

The meeting had happened in the Beluga Restaurant in Dakar, and the men are now being questioned by Senegalese authorities.

Samba is thought to be managing Jammeh’s assets but was last month seen with President Adama Barrow during the launching of the construction of a new medical center.

Jammeh’s assets have been frozen by Gambian authorities following allegations of corruption and financial mismanagement.

At least 180 of his properties, 15 companies, and 95 bank accounts have been affected by the embargo.

Human rights defenders and pro-democracy campaigners have been asking for Samba’s arrest since Jammeh’s ouster.

Senegal played the leading role in the military offensive that forced Jammeh to leave power. Its soldiers make up the majority of the West African troops securing the Gambia.

Gambia’s security continues to be under threat and the army has arrested at least four people and investigating an unspecified number of people for mutiny.

Senegal is taking seriously reports of Jammeh’s loyalists in the army working with those that have deserted and his close associates plotting to destabilize the small West African state.

SMBC News Gambia