By Tabora Bojang
The Governor of URR has dismissed claims linking her office to off book practices after a policeman escaped with over four hundred thousand dalasis.
The officer, identified as one corporal Jawo, an orderly the Governor is on the run after he is alleged to have to absconded with D440.000.00 from URR’s highest administrative office in Basse Mansajang.
The incident sparked outrage among locals as to how and why such amount of the cash could be kept in public office instead of a bank.
However speaking to The Standard on the sidelines of the President’s meet the people’s tour in Basse, Governor Fanta Bojang Samateh dismissed any suggestion that her office was negligent.
“The money is for a project being implemented by my office and because of the frequent and daily cash transactions in the project, it was felt that keeping it in the bank could mean carrying cash out every day. It is not strange; all over the country money of such nature and for such projects under the Governor’s office is not saved at the bank due to its trans-active nature,” she explained.
She said investigations are ongoing to bring the runaway officer to book.
A local resident who spoke to The Standard but preferred anonymity said the officer in question has been a “trusted orderly to the Governor having been a long servant until this happened.”
It is not clear if the Police have mounted any official search for the fugitive officer. Police commissioner of URR commissioner Darboe confirmed the matter but did not give any further details and referred us to the police spokesperson who was contacted but did not get back to us as we went to press.