President Yahya Jammeh has reassigned National Assembly Affairs to Bala Garba Jahumpa a week after making Basic Education Minister Fatou Lamin Faye his Minister of Presidential and National Assembly Affairs.
Jahumpa was recalled from Foreign Service as the country’s Ambassador to India and reappointed Minister of Works, Transportation and Infrastructure, a position he held numerously. Mr. Jahumpa was the first cabinet member to have been assigned the portfolio of National Assembly Affairs when it was created.
President Jammeh has had more than six presidential affairs ministers since 2012 and has total control as to who stays in the musical chair involved in remaining in his cabinet.
Officials have been previously appointed only to have such decisions rescinded within days, in some rare cases, within hours.
Jammeh has made major changes to his cabinet firing his longtime Interior Minister Ousman Sonko and replacing him with a former coupist and active member of the Gambia’s army Momodou Bah.
Jahumpa is the son of a colonial politician who helped The Gambia gain independence from Great Britain. President Jammeh said Jahumpa is the only senior public official who has never been fired from his administration in more than two decades. Jahumpa is vocal and consistent supporter of President Jammeh and serves as the ruling party’s Secretary General.