Sweet Victory for Gambian Justice

mamburyThe acquittal and discharge of Mambury Njie, the Gambia’s former Finance and Economic Affairs Minister, is yet another sweet victory for a country whose people have long been denied the due process of law. Instead of allowing justice to take its course, Gambian leader has been abusing his powers to twist justice in his favour. We have seen over and over how the Jammeh regime had connived and still conniving with the Attorney General’s Office and the National Intelligence Agency to concoct or plant evidence against innocent people. These are usually people that President Jammeh wants to see jailed at all cost.

We are delighted that Justice Mikail Abdoullah of High Court in Banjul has done the right thing by acquitting and discharging the dismissed minister for “deficiencies in the prosecution’s case,” which is in tandem with the defence’s no-case submission application. In any serious judicial system in the world, establishing evidence is an ingredient of the offence charged.

Yes, another important factor – though not in Yahya Jammeh’s Kanilai Law School – is that the establishment of doubts in a criminal proceeding favours the accused.

Before justice finally smiled at him, Mr. Njie was arrested and detained by police in Brusubi. This was after the Banjul court released him on bail. He was slapped with bogus charges of abuse of office stemming from his failure to advise the Office of the President appropriately in approving the license of Carnegie Minerals.

However, it turned out that Mambury was being witch-hunted for putting on Jammeh’s face that the execution of the death-row inmates in August 2012 was illegal and unjustifiable. Five days later, he was sacked, arrested and remanded for months before being tried for trumped up charges in Yahya Jammeh’s kangaroo court.

What is more unfair and painful than embroiling an innocent and decent citizen in a two-year foolish court case. It was only meant to massage the ego of a brutal Dictator. Kudos to Mambury Njie and others for battling it out with a lawless regime until the end. When it comes to justice, we must neither retreat nor surrender.



  1. ” … Mambury was being witch-hunted for putting on Jammeh’s face that the execution of the death-row inmates in August 2012 was illegal and unjustifiable. Five days later, he was sacked, arrested and detained…”

    Precisely, Mr. Saidykhan. The mighty Secretary General Njugo Bah and the mighty Attorney General Lamin Jobarteh gave the OPPOSITE advise: KILL! See my Open Letters to both of them at the time – Njugo Bah’s one also sent in his private hotmail address. MAMBURY NJIE GAVE THE CORRECT ADVISE AS MINISTER OF STATE – and paid the price, a high price. I think his acquittal is due to the facts of Jobarte’s & Bah’s fall – and Jammeh’s recognition that Mambury Njie did give the correct advise, which was to heed the International Communty’s call for clemency for the condemned and now executed death row inmates.

    I wish Mambury well and may God bless him – I always though highly of his professionalism.

  2. Abdoulie darboe

    Why should we called this victory!how many innocent gambian has been jailed by this same judge!perhaps is yaya who said let him go now,because he has undergone all types of yaya’s humiliations.So this is not a victory as long as yaya is the president this is no victory for gambians.

    • Abdoulie, I agree with you that this is no victory as such; Yahya let Mamburay go because the guy has integrity and Yahya respects people with integrity.

      Laifa, I think that you are being hard but Mamburay could most definitely become a president that all Gambians will be proud of.

  3. Lafia Touray la Manju

    Let Mambury go and join the opposition. Sitting on the fence is criminal.