Marr Nyang’s Diagnosis of Gambian- Corruption: Myriad of Bad Leadership


By Sheriff Saidykhan

Marr Nyang, Founder and Executive Director of Gambia Participates (GP), a civil society organization set up to investigate corruption, has said that corruption has become a myriad problem due to bad leadership in the country.

He made these remarks in an interview with The Outpost on Tuesday 20th, September 2022 at his office at Westfield, behind the red Cross.

“We accommodate and normalize corruption when it supposed to be the contrary. There is immense lack of leadership and sense of accountability in countering corruption in The Gambia and in the absence of these two, it becomes an opportunity for many to use it at their advantage,” he said. 

 Expressing despise for what he described as governments insufficient efforts to fight corruption. He said there is need for strong independent institutions, to counter and punish corrupt acts in the country.

“What we need is strong and independent legislative and institutional settings that detect, prevent and punish corrupt acts in The Gambia. For now, we lack these two and thus the government’s effort to combat corruption is insufficient” he posited.

He added: “Gambia government has been seen in some occasions paying deaf ear to corrupt acts, elevating officials guilty of misconduct and corruption and in rare instances defending poor development deliverables outsourced to private businesses. You don’t expect corruption to go down the scale when the government pays allegiance to officials guilty of corruption” he concluded.


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