The Gambia Democracy Fund (GDF) which was established in 2014 as a conduit to raise funds abroad to finance the political campaign against Yahya Jammeh’s government is about to be audited.
The audit decision comes in the wake of the controversy generated by President Barrow’s statement that nobody financed his campaign for the presidency.
In a press release issued yesterday, the GDF detailed: “Recognising the limited financial means of opposition parties that hindered the mounting of an effective grassroots campaign against an increasingly brutal and corrupt dictatorship, it was soon recognised the need for the establishment of such a fund to help finance the upcoming presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections scheduled for the 2016 – 2017 political season.
“Gambians and friends of The Gambia responded swiftly and generously to the call to action by contributing what turned out to be the single most important source of funding for the Coalition of seven opposition parties and an independent presidential candidate. A single presidential candidate emerged as a result, partly attributable to the creation of the GDF which effectively became the financing arm of the unified political opposition to the regime of Yahya Jammeh.
“The defeat of the 22-year dictatorship of Yahya Jammeh in the December 1st 2016 presidential elections signaled the attainment of the primary objective of the existence of GDF. Like any project, more so one financed through private contributions, we owe contributors to the GDF an account of how their contributions were utilised to allay any fears by assuring them that their hard-earned monies were appropriately applied as we promised.
“To achieve this end, an audit team has been formed comprising of Messrs Alhagie Sowe, Ousainou Ngum, Dr Lamine Conteh and Babou Sallah Njie for the purposes of auditing the books, including but not limited to, all funds remitted to The Gambia for the 2016 Coalition.
The audit team encourages all contributors and non-contributors alike to contact them at their official email address: [email protected] with any information that will help them achieve their audit task.”