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VP Tambajang under fire for taking 27 people to New York including daughter
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VP Tambajang under fire for taking 27 people to New York including daughter

While ordinary Gambians are struggling to make ends meet, the country's vice president is currently in New York wasting taxpayers’ money on meals, rental cars, hotel rooms and per diems.

Reliable sources revealed Aja Fatoumatta Tambajang, who is representing The Gambia at the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women, is accompanied by 27 people including her youngest daughter, Nafisa.

The vice president's large entourage, which many described as unprecedented, has caused a storm of angry comments from Gambians.

Outspoken political critic, Yunus Hydara, wrote on Facebook: "So what is more empowering for our women? Spend millions on a large crowd for a luxury New York vacation; Or spend the money on girl’s education; better maternal ward at EFSTH to mitigate infant and maternal mortality, provide employment and small businesses for women?

"We Must get our priorities right! Or else we continue the vicious cycle of social and economic decadence, and abject poverty!”

Sprouting politician Bakary Badjie, who is running for KMC mayor, said he does not see any reason why Tambajang should be accompanied by 27 people, especially at a time when the country is facing economic challenges.

Prominent UDP member, Lawyer Yankuba Darboe also commented: “This one is way too, too many! Even 10 would have been too many, much more 27! I wonder what would be the role of some of them!!!”

US-based political critic, Mathew Jallow also weighed in.

“27 people to a simple women's conference? This is more than waste; it's corrupt, dangerously irresponsible and downright stupid. What kind of a Conference would require the participation of such large number of government officials?

“I've never seen anything so insane in my life. Lord have mercy. I guess they're splurging like drunken sailors. They think the government has infinite financial resources. God forgive The Gambia. If I was head of the Civil Service, I'd never allowed more than 2 or 3 people on such travels. In fact, in countries where we have embassies, I'd ask the embassies to send representatives to these meetings. Most of these meetings are nothing more than photo-ops.”

The Vice President and her entourage are expecting back in The Gambia next week.


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