Two years after the Gambia’s former president Yahya Jammeh’s flight from the West African country, his face has just been removed from all bank notes, which it had been printed on for the past 22 years of his rule, AFP reported on Thursday August 8th.
The central bank in Banjul, began distributing new 50, 100 and 200 notes in the local dalasi currency since last Tuesday August 6th, following a series of accusations that Jammeh had ordered dozens of assassinations,
All the new notes have birds on one side, and a variety of local scenes on the other, from a farmer in a rice paddy, to a fisherman in a boat at sea, meanwhile, local rights activist Madi Jobarteh has welcomed the change, saying “a national currency is not a personal property and the head of a sitting president should not be on that note,” he said.
In his view, he said there are many Gambians who deserve to be on notes because of their role and contribution to the struggle for independence, and development of this country since independence
Jammeh ruled the tiny state for 22 years, after taking power in a bloodless coup in July 1994, in the following years, he kept repeatedly being re-elected under disputed circumstances, until defeated in December 2016, by a relative unknown, Adama Barrow.
After a military intervention by other West African states, Jammeh bolted from his country, and found refuge in Equatorial Guinea, following accusations of torturing opponents, executions without trial, forced disappearances and rape.
The Truth Commission has since January been hearing evidence, including testimony from hitmen who said they carried out dozens of murders for Jammeh.
Central bank governor Bakary Jammeh has been expecting strong demand for the new banks notes, which will soon see old ones bearing Jammeh's face taken out of circulation, only days ahead of a major Muslim holiday.