Local Gov’t ministry sets up inquiry commission into alleged KMC corruption

Mamos Media

By Adama Tine

The Ministry of Local Government and Lands is set to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate allegations of corruption and malpractices at the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC).

This was made known through an official correspondence from the Ministry to KMC, that said it is in line with section 151(1) (a) of the Local Government Act 2002.

According to the letter released  last week, the Ministry shall delve into allegations of corruption against the council from 2018 to date and for other connected matters as reported to the Ministry by the Lord Mayor, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and the special inspection reports.

The letter clearly notes that the Attorney General and Minister for Justice shall appoint a Lead Counsel and other officials to assist the Commission in its findings.

The Commission in line with the Local Government Act shall complete its work within three months from the date of its establishment. 

In August 2021, the Kanifing Municipal Council under Lord Mayor Talib Ahmed Bensouda was embroiled in a huge corruption scandal amid reports that the then Deputy Mayor Musa Bah solicited bribes of up to D1 million from a company.

AT/COB/DAJ/11/01/22

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