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Court Orders GAP Leader Batchilly to pay 3 Million CFA Debt or Face Imprisonment

The Kanifing Magistrate Court has ordered Musa Batchilly, the leader of the new opposition Gambia Action Party (GAP) to pay three million CFA Francs (at least D255,000) debt to Mariama Joof, a Dakar-based Gambian medical doctor, or face imprisonment.

In January, the court ruled that Batchilly owed Ms. Joof the sum since September 2018, and ordered him to make the payment which he defaulted. On Thursday the court issued a sermon for him to appear before the magistrate to explain why he didn’t fulfill his promise to pay the money. He told court that he’d make the payment by July 27th.

Ms. Joof told The Chronicle that Batchilly rang her from Bamako in Mali “crying and pleading that I should help him with some money to buy two air tickets to Kigali in Rwanda where he was to attend a youth conference.”

“Since September 2018, I made all efforts to recover my money from Batchilly without success, and this resulted to court action.”

Meanwhile, Batchilly has told The Chronicle that the court case would not dampen his public image.

“It’s true I owe her money and I’m willing to pay. Because of my financial situation I couldn’t honour the agreement. I don’t mind you publish this story because it cannot do any harm to me. I’m credible and no one can bring me down except Allah,” he told The Chronicle.

Batchilly was a former Treasurer of the opposition Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC). But he recently left the party to launch GAP. In a television interview, he promised to make an effective impact within thirty days if he becomes president. He also threatened to expose ‘massive corruption’ in the President Adama Barrow administration.

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