Covid-19: Outcry as Africell Gambia gives D12 million to government
Africell has on Tuesday presented a cheque of D12 million to the government of The Gambia for the fight against the Coronavirus.
The Chief Executive Officer of Africell, Badara Mbye accompanied by senior officials of the company presented the cheque to the Gambian Vice President Dr Isatou Touray at State House in Banjul on Tuesday, 14th April 2020.
However, some Africell customers are not impressed with the donation to The Gambia government who fear that the money may end up in private pockets of government officials instead fighting the Coronavirus in the country.
Others accused the telecoms giant of ripping off their customers and giving the profit to corrupt government officials. Some went as far as suggesting that Africell will recover the D12 million given to the government through higher data and call tariffs.
Receiving the cheque, VP Touray assures the GSM operator that their contribution to the fight against Covid-19 will make a massice difference, while appreciating the company’s gesture in supporting government efforts to prevent the spread of the virus in the country.
The Africell boss Badara Mbye emphasised his company’s strong belief that contributing to the campaign to control the spread of the virus is their duty and not an option. Mr Mbye assures the VP Touray of Africell’s committment to stand shoulder to shoulder with the government and the people of The Gambia in the fight to beat COVID-19.
The Gambia currently recorded nine officially confirmed cases of Covid-19 with an estimated 181,000 people being infected in The Gambia, if social distancing is not observed according to Ministry Of Health Social Welfare. The ministry urged Gambians to adhere to WHO and government preventative measures while government looks at all options to mitigate the spread of the virus in the country.