GCAA Management Accused of Blocking Reinstatement of Baboucarr Sowe

Fansu Bojang, Director General of Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)

After the High Court called for the reinstatement of Babucarr Sowe, former Senior Air-Transport Supervisor at the Banjul International Airport, the GCAA management is being accused of failing to do so.

Sowe was reportedly arrested by the police at the airport on 12th October 2018 and accused of disclosing classified information to Thomas Cook, a travel company.

He was subsequently arraigned before the Brikama Magistrates Court on the 20th February 2020 charged with the offense of communication of confidential information contrary to the Official Secrets Act.

After a 20-month trial, Sowe was acquitted and discharged by Chief Magistrate Omar Cham of the Brikama Magistrates Court.

Subsequently, High Court Justice AT Osei gave an order for the reinstatement of Sowe, who told The Alkamba Times (TAT) that the GCAA management showed a reluctance to comply with the court order.

He said this was a frustrating situation, which made him file a civil suit against the aviation authority at the High Court.

“To me, the GCAA management is just playing games meant to block me from taking my position. I delivered the judgment of the High Court to the Director-General, and all that he told me was to go and wait for them.

“ I thought that the courts are the final place for redress, and if GCAA disregards the verdict of the court then that becomes disappointing. However, I wouldn’t relent; I’m ready to go back to the courts to get to the bottom of the case.”

GCAA Director General Fansu Bojang contacted by telephone said the GCAA has appealed the High Court judgment, and Sowe was informed.

“Well, all I can say is, we have appealed against the judgment, and we have already informed the other party”.

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