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Is the government telling the truth about Barrow’s alleged involvement in illegal timber trading?
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Is the government telling the truth about Barrow’s alleged involvement in illegal timber trading?

President Adama Barrow is not involved in illegal timber trading, according to his niece, Rohey John Manjang, who's also the minister of natural resources.

She refuted the allegation against her uncle in a statement sent to the Standard Newspaper.

"The allegation is totally false and intended to tarnish president Adama Barrow's image," said Rohey.

According to the Voice Newspaper, a source close to the State House revealed to them that the Gambian leader and three other senior government officials were involved in illegal timber exportation from The Gambia.

The minister argued that it would be "erroneous" for anyone to directly or indirectly link the president to the deteriorating state of affairs in the country's forestry sector.

But why did the president appoint his own niece as minister of natural resources?

This is the question many are asking following the Voice Newspaper's revelation that Barrow is allegedly involved in the illegal exportation of timber.

Rohey John Manjang is the first in the president's family to occupy a ministerial position. Her ministry is responsible for the management of natural resources and the environment.

Her predecessor, Lamin Dibba was recently appointed as the Gambia’s permanent representative to the United Nations replacing Lang Yaboe. He has no experience in foreign service, but the president gave him the top job for reasons still unknown to many.

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