By Omar Bah
The National Assembly has reportedly initiated an investigation committee to probe into the purported donation of US$752,544.42 to the First Lady’s foundation, The Standard was informed.
Press reports have indicated that the US$752,544.42 bank transfer supposedly originated from a Hong Kong bank through the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and channeled through Guaranty Trust Bank, UK, then to Novo Banko in Lisbon before ending up in the account of the Fatoumatta B Barrow Foundation at Guaranty Trust Bank in Banjul.
The Foundation has since acknowledged receiving the money and promised to launch an internal inquiry into the matter, but weeks later, nothing has been heard from them.
However according to our source who preferred to remain anonymous, the National Assembly committee will also investigate the circumstances leading to the award and implementation of a contract for the production of ID cards to Semlex among other issues.
The report was confirmed by one NAM who said he is part of the said committee, but demanded anonymity.
But when contacted for further clarifications, Samba Jallow, the National Assembly minority leader, said he was not aware of the setting up of any committee.