Following a tip off stemming from a source who claimed there is a controlled but strong rumour that sacked former OIC legal head Almamy Taal continues to be paid salaries by the office, The standard yesterday took the matter up.
Rumours said Mr Taal, who was controversially removed last December and threatened to take legal action, was maintained on the secretariat’s payroll. The Standard could not get officials from the OIC for immediate comments over the weekend but Mr Taal himself has said that is completely untrue.
“That is not true at all,” he stressed rather laconically. He referred The Standard to find out from the secretariat for direct verification.
“I think the most appropriate thing is to check with the OIC. I am sure they will be willing to answer your enquiries,” he said.
The Standard also contacted OIC Gambia spokesman Essa Bokar Sy who said he is not aware of such but doubted it.
“Taal has since left and this office operates on the same principles as any other public office which means transparent and audited accounting system which would make practically impossible for such things to happen.
But in any case you are free to further your investigation by contacting the finance department directly,” he said.