Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lamin Kaba Bajo returns to foreign mission

Lamin Kaba Bajo

Yahya Jammeh’s former minister of fisheries, water resources and national assembly matters, Mr. Lamin Kaba Bajo is now Gambia’s ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco.

A position previously held by Mr. Ousman Badjie.

Bajo’s redeployment to the Foreign Service on Monday 13th February, 2012, followed Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh’s appointment of a new cabinet. 

The 48 year old Gambian politician and diplomat, was born November 10, 1964, in Brikama.

He was the interior minister of the Gambia from 1995 to 1997 and the ambassador of Gambia to Saudi Arabia from 2002 to 2005. He served as the country's foreign minister from October 2005 to 27 October 2006.

He is also a retired army captain and have served as minister of Youth and Sports from 1997 to 1998; minister of Local Government and Lands from 1998 to 2000; Ambassador to Iran from 2007 to 2009; ambassador to Qatar from 2009 to 2010; and minister of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters from 2010 to February 2, 2012, when the last Cabinet was dissolved.

His predecessor, Mr. Ousman Badjie has been named Ambassador to France, according to reports by the pro-government daily newspaper, the Daily Observer. Badjie replaces Moses Benjamin Jallow.

Yankuba Touray
Yankuba Touray returns
Meanwhile, former minister of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters is now Gambia’s High Commissioner to the Republic of Senegal.

His appointment on February 12, 2012 brings to an end almost three years of active service to the APRC administration, following his sacking in 2009 by the Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh. 

Touray and four others, including Yahya Jammeh deposed the government of Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara in a bloodless coup in 1994.

He has also served in various ministerial positions including Local Government and Lands; Youth and Sports; Tourism and Culture; Information; and Agriculture. 

He was also the ruling APRC party’s national mobiliser. Touray replaces Mr. Ismaila Sambou.

Jato Sillah (Pix: UN)
In another development, Jammeh appoints Mr. Jato Sillah as Gambia’s High Commissioner to Sierra Leone. Mr. Sillah has served previously as Minister of Forestry and the Environment before the disbandment of the entire cabinet early February 2012. 

It was under his purview that the Gambia won Silver at the 2011 UN World Future Council Awards for having the "Best Forest Policy Document".

Mr. Sillah has previously served as Director of Forestry before becoming minister Forestry and the Environment late 2009. He replaces Mr. Momodou S. Kah.

 Author: Modou S. Joof

Twitter:  (@Msjoof)


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