Businessman Alhagie Conteh Explains How President Barrow and TBEA Defraud $11M from Gambian Tax-Payers

Businessman Alagie Conteh

Alhagie Conteh, Chief Executive Officer of Dabanani Energy and Electrical Company, has made stunning revelations explaining how Gambian President Adama Barrow and Chinese Energy Company TBEA connived to defraud eleven million dollars ($11 million) from Gambian taxpayers in the awarding of a twenty five million dollar ($25 million) contract for the Greater Banjul Electricity and Expansion Project recently launched.

Conteh, a renowned Businessman and a strong member of the United Democratic Party UDP made these revelations at a political rally held at his native home of Gunjur on Tuesday November, 30th  2021, where he also revealed how he caught  President Adama Barrow redhanded twice stealing Gambian resources through shady electricity and energy deals.

“Before I parted ways with President Barrow, there was a time when the government wanted to implement a 150MW electricity project, they inflated the project cost upto $200 million, and I offered him my advice to stay out of that project because he has no knowledge of the sector. I told him if you approve this contract, Gambian people will pay $200 million for nothing but he told me to excuse him for he will carry on with the project,”

Mr Conteh added that a revelation of the deal would have been catastrophic if IMF and World Bank became aware of the issue and that’s why he sent an urgent letter to Hon. Amadou Sanneh.

“Sanneh took that letter to President Barrow and cautioned him about proceeding with the deal which can lead to the World Bank leaving and other donor partners also following them. That was the time he gave up.”

The former Managing Director of National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC) proceeded to revealed that he caught President Adama Barrow engaged in a second energy deal which actually succeeded and the money was shared among themselves.

“The next time I caught President Adama Barrow stealing Gambian resources was when the Greater Banjul Electricity Expansion Project was given to Chinese Energy Company TBEA, which ended up putting over $700, 000 into the account of Fatoumatta Bah Barrow Foundation, adding that this company was finally awarded the contract for bribing their way through the President.

“I told the President that the contract you want to sign with this company (TBEA) Energy Company cannot be more than $14 million and thats the engineers estimation. I advised him against awarding the contract to TBEA for $23 million. There was a balance of $11 million which Preisident Adama Barrow and TBEA shared among themselves,” Conteh further charged, adding “I want to inform all Gambians that corruption is the worst enemy of effective governance. The two incidents involving the President is the least of all corruption going on in this country and we have to stop otherwise our country will not move.”

The Successful Gambian Businessman cited Lebanon as an example of a state that was destroyed by corruption and tribalism, arguing that President Adama Barrow is an expert in corruption and tribalism.

Mr Conteh said his final episode came later when President Adama Barrow called him to enquire whether he supports him or Ousainou Darboe, revealing that he told Barrow that he is for Ousainou Darboe and is a member of the United Democratic Party.

“All what am saying took place at Statehouse and there are witnesses when President Barrow told me I should be ready for a fight. So this is my fight with the President. I haven’t stolen anything, I was only supporting the truth,”Conteh disclosed.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.


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