Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow has denied reports that Senegal’s President Macky Sall has sent 15 military officers to secure him.
Barrow, 51, a real estate developer won The Gambia’s elections last week. Members of his transition team said there are threats to his life and it was important to take precautionary measures and hired bodyguards from a private security firm in Senegal.
A meeting between Barrow and President Yahya Jammeh to mark the beginning of the transition has been canceled over security and safety concerns.
“We cannot trust him,” coalition chair Fatoumata Tambajang said, referring to President Jammeh. “He has requested to meet Barrow, but we canceled it because he [Jammeh] cannot be trusted and Barrow’s security comes first.”
President Yahya Jammeh is said to have loyalists within the military that have backed his regime for long. Coalition leaders abandoned plans to formally requesting security for the president-elect from the state. Barrow said when he takes office in January, the police will be protecting him and not the military.