BY A CONCERN GAMBIAN
We have a very serious matter at the Department of Customs which we would like to expose and uncover by your respected medium. Veronic Carayol, Deputy Commissioner Enforcement, has been undermining the efforts of the current Customs Management by not only harassing and blackmailing businessmen and their agent but also staff members’ thus causing series of problems within the Department and outside of it.
Veronic is exercising personal loyalty to the jailed former Army Chief, Lang Tombong Tamba, who personally elevated and uplifted her. She is now a worry to everyone by destabilizing and undermining the Department of Customs and now GRA as a whole. Also she is not adding value towards the progress of the Departments and constantly having issues with numerous staff members with the sole intention of jeopardizing the smooth running of the institution.
Undoubtedly, we now notice that her intention is to get rid of Yankuba Darboe, the Head of the Department by undermining the entire Management. This is a serious issue which we like to address. Consequently with the view of extorting money from clients for her own personal gain and not that of the country, she engaged in all kinds of bullying thus causing confusion and mix-up all over the place.
It is now an open secret that her allegiance is directed to Lang Tombong Tamba who helped her up the ladder as she is the main sponsor of Tamba’s Family. She now bears all names here such as the ‘Iron Lady’ or ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ and everyone is wondering what this woman is looking for.
We feel that it is vital to give the devil his due. Putting aside personal interest, the Gambia Revenue Authority is performing very well under the leadership of Yankuba Darboe and his team. The institution under his leadership has met all its monthly and yearly targets with excellence and the records are there to speak for themselves. These achievements have enabled the government to meet the set criteria’s with regards to the Millennium development goals (MDG) as contain in the IMF and the World Bank reports. The GRA has been a source of revenue which has allowed the Government of the Gambia to uphold its financial obligations and our sovereignty as a self-sufficient and self-independent nation. This is good for everyone including those patriotic and devoted people in the diaspora who are using the Customs on a daily basis.
However despite everything, this woman keeps using her unethical behavior to justify her attack on others. Her problems are numerous and we would be happy that all responsible Gambians beware of her deeds taking into consideration that these important Department belongs to all and sundry. It doesn’t belong to one tribe, sect or party. We believe that despite our allegiances, every one of us should work along the lines of supporting our national and economic wellbeing and therefore this woman’s relentless effort to demoralize others be stopped once and for all. It must be dispelled and dismissed!