Category: Outstanding Investigative Reporting
Khadija Sharife, Mark Anderson (South Africa)
The Great Gambia Heist: How Yahya Jammeh Stole a Country
March 27, 2019
Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh orchestrated the embezzlement of nearly US$1 billion of public funds and illegal timber revenue during his 22-year rule, looting the treasury in a long-running conspiracy that crippled one of the world’s poorest countries.
While president of the compact West African state of 2 million, Jammeh frequently drove his black stretch Hummer from his official residence in Banjul, the capital, to a lavish private estate in his home village of Kanilai.