Ebrima Jawara
Ebrima Jawara

The son of the former President of The Gambia Sir Dawda Jawara, has been arrested and charged with economic crime.

Ebrima Jawara was arrested yesterday by the security forces of the West African nation.

Mr. Jawara came under heavy criticism last year when he publicly announced that he had told his father, Sir Dawda ‘Kairaba’ Jawara that The Gambia does not belong to him.

“I told my dad he did not own The Gambia. That he had done his bit…,” he told the New African Magazine in a special report fully-funded by the Jammeh government which ousted his father’s democratically-elected government on July 22, 1994.

The report, ‘Celebrating 20 Years of Progress, Self-reliance and Peaceful co-existence’, published in July 2014, highlights a slipshod of so-called developments registered under Jammeh’s rule since the coup, our correspondent said.

“I said to him events had happened, he was getting old and really the new government had been accepted and recognised by [the] Gambian people as well as the international community, so really things had changed and we had to move on,” Ebrima who was at the time the Permanent Secretary at the Office of President Yahya Jammeh said.

Mr. Jawara’s mother, Lady Njaimeh Jawara was last month given an electronic tag in the United Kingdom, after being convicted of housing benefit and council tax fraud in East Grinstead.