Thursday, October 21, 2010

Justice Minister Finally Gone

Banjul, The Gambia (TNBES) The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Marie Saine-Firdaus has finally been sacked from her post after a wave of media reports keep  linking her to President Jammeh’s Cabinet Reshuffle since last year.

Marie Saine-Firdaus was reported to have been dismissed in May 2009 by a local newspaper; however the report was not officially announced by the Government. In February 2010, media reports an unofficial report has it  that Minister Saine was sacked and replaced with Edrissa Mbye, who was also
reported to have declined to take the post.

However, these reports were neither confirmed nor denied by the Government. What is certain though is that the Justice Minister and two others have been sacked according to a press release from the Office of the

The Justice Minister was sacked with two others (Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Abdou Colley and the Minister of Trade and Employment, Baboucarr M.L Jallow) as reported in a press release monitored over
State Television (GRTS) on Friday 19th March 2010.

The press release made no official reason for the sacking of the Ministers, however, it did announce that President Jammeh appointment of Lawyer Edward Gomez as the Attorney
General and Minister of Justice, Momodou Foon, the Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Economy, National Planning and Industrial Development, as the new
Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, while Dr. Njogou Bah, who was
recently sworn in as Deputy Minister of Works, Construction and Infrastructure,
has been appointed Minister of Trade and Employment.

Dr. Bah replaces Baboucarr Jallow, who served for less than two month in that position. “All appointments are with immediate effect.”

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