Former military chief Masanneh Kinteh named Barrow’s security adviser

Former military chief Masanneh Kinteh named Barrow’s security adviser

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has named the country’s former army chief Lt. Gen. Masannneh Kinteh as his senior military aide.

Gen. Kinteh will be advising President Barrow on national security issues and the state of the current military intervention led by Senegal.

Kinteh replaced Lt. Gen. Lang Tombong Tamba in October 2009 as the Gambia’s Chief of Defense staff after Mr. Tamba was implicated in a botched coup to oust former President Yahya Jammeh.

ambian Lieutenant General Masanneh Kinteh, Chief of Defense Staff; Ousman Sonko, inspector general of The Gambian Police; Brigadier General Robert Ferrell, U.S. Africa Command director of C4 Systems; Gambian Brigadier General Lamin Bojang, Chief of Army Staff; and Navy Commodore Madani Senghore attend the opening ceremony for exercise Africa Endeavor 2011 in Banjul, The Gambia, July 11, 2011. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command-sponsored initiative focusing on interoperability and information sharing among African partner nations.

He was relieved of his duties in the military and replaced by the current military Chief Lt. Gen. Ousman Bargie in July 2012 and deployed to foreign service as the country’s Ambassador to Cuba.

Mr. Sanneh is currently in Dakar with President Barrow, who he will be flying with to Banjul on Thursday.

The former military officer will be leading the Gambia’s new government’s military intervention program to restore political stability.

West African troops are currently stationed in the Gambia and have secured the capital ahead of Barrow’s arrival. The president was sworn-in in neighboring Senegal, where he has been holed up over safety concerns.

(Reporting and Writing by Sam Phatey; Additional Reporting and Editing by Sainey MK Marenah)

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