Army Brigadier General Mamat O Cham, who is also the Commander of The Gambia Armed Forces “was once caught stealing bags of rice from the ration store at the Yundum Barracks,” former Junta Spokesman retired Captain Ebou Jallow has alleged during an interview with Freedom Radio Gambia on Thursday. Cham was an army Captain and also an Adjutant to the former Army Colonel Ndow Njie, when the alleged theft happened, Jallow further alleged.
“Cham’s scheduled attendance to an Adjutant General course in the United States was subsequently revoked by Commander Ndow Njie, when the news of the alleged rice theft came to his attention. The incident impacted on his career as any army officer,” Jallow tells Freedom Radio Gambia’s Civic Education show.
Cham had attended a basic officer’s training course in Fort Benning, Georgia, prior to his second Adjutant General course, which was later cancelled, according to Captain Jallow. He alleged that the officer’s conduct disqualified him from taking part in the course.
He was replaced by Sam Sarr, a former staff officer. Jallow says Sam Sarr, including former and some present army officers could confirm that Mamat Cham was allegedly caught stealing rice at the Yundum Barracks.
According to Captain Jallow, Mamat Cham was under investigation, but his case suffered a setback, following the deployment of Ndow Njie into the Foreign Service.
“Mamat Cham was likely going to be fired or at least demoted. Ndow Njie was determined to let him go because his conduct had brought total disrepute to the force. The only thing that saved him from not being fired was the transfer of Ndow Njie to the Foreign Service. This followed, a mutiny organized by some Gambian soldiers’ peacekeepers, who protested for not being paid upon their return from Liberia. The authorities at the time felt that Ndow Njie was not doing his job. Hence, he was retired from the army and deployed to the Foreign Service,” Jallow remarked.
Ndow Njie was replaced by a British an army officer, before Mbaba Njie, a Gambian officer was appointed to head the army.
Jallow said Nodw Njie’s leadership at The Gambian army, was characterized by wanton corruption, nepotism, cronyism and ineptness. He accuses Njie of favouring his family members, and friends in the army.
He said Mamat Cham was later transferred to the Army Headquarters in Banjul, in the wake of the alleged rice theft scandal.
“I have followed Mamat Cham’s testimony at the TRRC. Some of the things he testified about were lies. The late Mr. Baldeh of the army band, was the one who tipped off Sanna Sabally, about a countercoup that was being orchestrated by Captain Mamat Cham and the late Ndure Cham. Mamat and Ndure are related. His arrest had to do with the alleged counter coup,” Jallow said.
Jallow also said Mr. Cham had lied against Halifa Sallah and Sam Sarr during his testimony to the Commission. He maintained that Sallah and Sarr, are men of outstanding character with an unquestionable reputation.
“Halifa Sallah never wanted to work with the junta. Yahya Jammeh offered him a job while I was with the Council, but he turned it down. Cham’s claims about Halifa and Sam, were baseless and misleading,” Jallow added.
Mamat Cham could not be reached for comment.
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