Trump administration sanctions former First Lady of The Gambia Zineb Jammeh for supporting her husband’s corruption

The Donald Trump administration on Tuesday sanctioned the former First Lady of The Gambia Zineb Souma Yahya Jammeh for supporting her husband Yahya Jammeh’s corruption.

“Today, the United States imposed economic sanctions on Zineb Souma Yahya Jammeh, the former first lady of The Gambia. Zineb Jammeh is believed to control many of the overseas assets of her husband, Yahya Jammeh, the notoriously corrupt former leader of The Gambia, who was sanctioned by the Department of the Treasury in 2017,” the United States Department of State said in a statement.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Greet His Excellency Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh, President of the Republic of The Gambia, and Mrs. Zineb Jammeh 
In 2014, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Greet His Excellency Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh, President of the Republic of The Gambia, and Mrs. Zineb Jammeh

“In addition, the State Department designated Zineb Jammeh in December 2018 under Section 7031(c) of the annual appropriations bill as an immediate family member of Yahya Jammeh, who was concurrently designated for his involvement in significant corruption.  Their children are also ineligible for entry into the United States as a result of the 2018 designation.

“Zineb Jammeh is designated for her role in materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing support to her husband.  She utilized a charitable foundation and charities as cover to facilitate the illicit transfer of funds to her husband.

“This action designates Zineb Jammeh pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.  The United States uses economic sanctions to promote accountability for those who assist or facilitate the corruption carried out by those like Yahya Jammeh, who abuse their positions of power for their own personal gain,” the Department added.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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