Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Yahya Jammeh re-appoints ‘tentatively-jobless’ ministers 

Ministers: Touray & Badjie: Pix by The Point
The Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh continues his re-appointment of ministers some of whom have been left tentatively-jobless following the disbandment of the cabinet last week.

The latest appointments were made on Tuesday, February 07, 2012 with the re-appointment of Mrs. Fatim Badjie as Minister of Health and Social Welfare, and Mr. Kebba S. Touray as Minister of Trade, Industry, Employment and Regional Integration.

Mr. Touray was Gambia’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain.

 According to reports by the public-funded broadcaster on Monday February 6, 2012, Mr. Abdou Kolley is now the Minister of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters, a portfolio previously held by Lamin Kaba Bajo.

Kolley had previously served as minister of Trade, Industry, Employment and Regional Integration.

Reports also had it that Dr Mariama Sarr- Ceesay has maintained her position as minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology; while Dr Momodou Tangara remains minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad.

Earlier on, Yahya Jammeh reinstated four ministers: The Vice President and Minister of Women’s Affairs, Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy; Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mrs. Fatou Mass Jobe-Njie; Minister of the Interior and NGO Affairs, Ousman Sonko; and Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Mambury Njie.

President Yahya Jammeh won a landslide November 24, 2011 election which was widely criticised and labeled not-free and fair within and without the country. 

Given another five-year term of office, the fourth time running, Yahya Jammeh took his first step to form a new government having dissolved the entire cabinet shortly after his January 19, 2012 inauguration.

Author: Modou S. Joof
Twitter  (@Msjoof)

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