By Binta A Bah
The former managing director of The Gambia Printing and Publishing Corporation (GPPC) alongside Dodou Nasso has denied allegations of causing economic loss, an act considered detrimental to the economy of The Gambia.
Cherno Gaye, and Dodou Nasso were yesterday, 24, July arraigned before justice Abdullah Mikilu on nine charges of economic crime, abuse of office, disobedience of statutory and neglect of official duty at the High Court in Banjul.
According to charges, the accused persons, failed to recover the sum of D65, 362.00 being salary advances paid to employees of the corporation and 45, 000.00 being board advances paid to some members of the board.
The state further accuses Gaye of willfully giving authorization approval of five different loans to Dodou Nasso, the second accused totaling to D42, 246.17. Gaye is also said to have sold a Toyata pickup belonging to the corporation with D15, 000 discopunt without such sale being done by the public auction.
It further states that Gaye approved and caused to be paid increment in the GPPC board sitting allowance from D2000 to D3000, private members from D15000 to D2500, ex officio members from 1000 to 2000 respectively without the express approval of the National Assembly which act is in abrogation of financial instruction.
They all pleaded not guilty. Meanwhile their bail is extended.
The case will resume on 23 October 2013.