Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has appointed his new Secretary General and Minister for Presidential Affairs, Musa Jallow as chief mediator between him and the coalition to peacefully resolve the political deadlock sparked by his refusal to relinquish power.
Jallow’s appointment came after the resignation of his predecessor Sulayman Samba. It is the first time Jammeh is opening communication with coalition members that won last month’s election after he accused the electoral commission of rigging the polls.
Jammeh has appointed Mr, Jallow as mediator general with a mandate to ensure that the civil service continues its work in an apolitical manner and to engage political leaders and stakeholders to settle all mistrusts in a bid to find a lasting solution to the political logjam.
The Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow has repeatedly requested for Mr. Jammeh to open lines of communication to ensure a smooth transfer of power.
Jammeh has for the most part being unreachable by members of the international community. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said despite numerous efforts, he was unable to reach the longtime African strongman on the phone.
Jammeh accused West African mediators led by Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari of being biased and called for new mediators to peacefully resolve the impasse that has thrown the peanut exporting country into an uncertain political future.
Little is known about Mr. Jammeh’s new Secretary General and Chief mediator, Musa Jallow.
Doubts still remain over Jammeh’s sincerity to peacefully end the crisis after he made several political detours and flip-flops that have led the country to the standoff, which may end with a military intervention.
(Reporting and Writing by Sam Phatey; Additional Writing and Editing by Sainey MK Marenah)