Saturday, February 11, 2012

Now interior minister will serve in foreign mission

Others fate hanging on a balance of probability
Relieved Interior Minister, Ousman Sonko to serve in Spain

As President Yahya Jammeh continues to appoint in dribs and drabs ministers for his new government, the reorganization process in its latest revolve show Mr. Ousman Sonko, Minister for the Interior relieved from his post.

This development came less than two weeks after his re-appointment as Interior minister. However, news broadcast over State TV on February 9, 2012 revealed that Mr. Sonko has been appointed Gambia’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain, a position earlier held by Mr. Kebba Touray. Meanwhile, Touray has since taken over as minister of trade, industry, employment and regional integration.

On February 8, 2011, Jammeh made three more appointments to the cabinet, with Fatou Lamin Faye retaining her portfolio as minister of Basic and Secondary Education; Teneng Mba Jaiteh also maintain her position as deputy minister of Petroleum and Energy.
And Fatou Gaye, a Principal Climate Change Official is appointed minister of Forestry and the Environment. She replaces Mr. Jatto Sillah.
Mr. Sillah is yet to be given an other job under the Jammeh administration. He has served for long in environmental offices of the state.

The Gambian leader had earlier dissolved an entire cabinet shortly after his inauguration marking the beginning of his fourth-five-year term of office. He was elected president late last year with an incredible 72 per cent of the total votes cast.

 Jammeh holds several ministerial positions in the last cabinet, but it is unclear if he will surrender them to others and concentrate fully on the already demanding position of the presidency. 

Former rival

On Friday February 10, 2012, Jammeh appoints a previous strong opposition rival Mr. Lamin Waa Juwara as Minister of Local Government and Lands. Mr. Juwara had worked under Jammeh since 2009 as governor of the Lower River Region. He still leads his party, the National Democratic Action Movement (NDAM).

Mr. Alieu K. Jammeh is now Minister of Youth and Sports, while his predecessor, Sheriff Gomez holds the portfolio of Minister of the Interior and NGO Affairs. Solomon Owens is the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Laity Mboge as Deputy Minister of Works.

Erstwhile Justice Minister Edward Gomez yet to know fate

Hanging on a balance of probability

Meanwhile, the fate of Mr. Edward Gomez, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice is still hanging on a balance of probability after the announcement on Friday that he has been replaced by Justice Lamin Joberteh. 

Author: Modou S. Joof
Twitter  (@Msjoof)

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