Ex-Fisheries PS Dr. Banja appears in court on corruption charges

Fisheries Ministry permanent Secretary, Dr. Bamba Banja.

Following his indictment by state prosecutors, Dr Bamba Banja has finally appeared before a high court Judge in Banjul to answer to courruption charges brought against him.

Dr Banja is charged with three counts of corruption related offences.

His indictment follows an investigation conducted by local investigative website, the Malagen. The paper accused Mr. Banja of corruption after evidence suggests he took bribes from Chinese investors.

Dr Bamba Banja, who was put on administrative in the wake of corruption allegations, has denied any wrongdoing.

Dr Banja was accused of collecting bribes from officials of a Chinese fish meal company, Golden Lead. Golden Lead operates The Gambia’s biggest fish meal factory on the shores of Gunjur, Kombo South.
The charges include a ‘public officer receiving property’, ‘economic crimes’ and ‘official corruption. The case, which was filed in August when the court was on vacation, begins since the state is ready to prosecute the case.

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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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