Friday, August 10, 2012

‘No Micro Credit Contract between GAMCOTRAP and YALOCAMBA’

Omar Dibba
The programme coordinator of Gamcotrap, a women’s rights organisation, said the contract between Gamcotrap and Yalocamba Solidaridad, a Spanish charity, did not mention micro-credit.
Omar Dibba said GAMCOTRAP did not make any commitment to implement micro-credit as alleged. “That we sign a micro-credit contract with YALOCAMBA SOLIDARIDAD is out of context. We did not sign anything with the region of Madrid. It is YALOCAMBA SOLIDARIDAD who signed a contract with them,” he added.
He was testifying in the case of Dr Isatou Touray, Executive Director, and Amie Bojang Sissoho, Programme Coordinator of GAMCOTRAP, who are standing trial on a theft allegation at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court.
The two women’s rights activists are accused of stealing €30, 000 provided by YALOCAMBA SOLIDARIDAD, but denied wrongdoing.
Mr Dibba told the court that GAMCOTRAP did not see the contract between the region of Madrid and YALOCAMBA SOLIDARIDAD. He said the testimony that they did not submit a report to YALOCAMBA was false.
“We submitted both the narrative and financial reports. If there was no report, the second proposal would not have been funded,” he testified.
He said the assertion about the invoices and receipts was not true, noting that YALOCAMBA had visited the offices and went through them, based on the budget report. He added that he even took some photos.
The defense applied to tender the photos, but the prosecutor objected. However, his objection was overruled.
Continuing his testimony, the witness said: “GAMCOTRAP never spent any fund from the beginning to the end outside the contract mandate.”
He said he was aware of the accusation against the accused persons and GAMCOTRAP’s annual activity had a budget-line and was implemented accordingly.
According to him, GAMCOTRAP has both internal and external auditors, but YALOCAMBA was supposed to audit the project themselves, but GAMCOTRAP carried out the internal auditing.
Meanwhile, Mr Dibba ended his testimony and the prosecutor is expected to cross-examine him on the next adjourned date, August 16.
Author: Binta A Bah

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