Gambia: Tax officials shut down Observer newspaper operations over unpaid taxes

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) has asked the Daily Observer newspaper, owned by former President Yahya Jammeh, to cease operations with immediate effect over unpaid taxes.

The Managing Director of the paper, Pa Modou Mbowe, told PANA on Thursday that the amount of the tax arrears to be paid is D17 million dalasis (about US$ 354,167).

PANA report that the Observer newspaper was established on 11 May, 1992, by a Liberian refugee, Kenneh Y. Best, who was deported in 1995 by the military junta headed by Yahya Jammeh.

In 1995, Gambian businessman Amadou Samba bought the Daily Observer and the paper was used as mouthpiece for the ex-president Jammeh and his ruling APRC party.

Source told PANA that the Daily Observer newspaper is among the assets frozen from the former Gambian leader Jammeh.
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15 june 2017 12:44:53

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