Former Interior Minister Momodou Alieu Bah has returned to the Gambia’s army as finance director, according to reports.
Bah was appointed to oversee the Gambia’s homeland security in September, replacing former Jammeh right-hand man Ousman Sonko. Sonko is currently being detained by Swiss authorities for tortures and killings under his watch.
Bah resigned from the cabinet on January 18, a day before former President Yahya Jammeh was forced into exile. Jammeh lost elections in December and refused to cede power. Regional forces were deployed to oust him.
Military sources say the former interior minister returned to the army and ‘promoted himself’ to the rank of a Brigadier General. M.A. Bah was among ex-army officers who were convicted of attempting to overthrow President Yahya Jammeh’s government in March 2006 and sentenced to 25 years in prison.
He was pardoned and promoted to the rank of Major after agreeing to testify as the key prosecution witness against President Jammeh’s former military chief, Chief of Defense Staff Lieutenant General Lang Tombong Tamba and Naval Chief Rear Admiral Sarjo Fofana who were court-martialed for treason.
Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has said he would not retain any member of Jammeh’s cabinet. He is expected to announce his cabinet on Monday.
President Barrow has pledged to reform the Gambia’s army and appointed former military chief Lt. Gen. Masanneh Kinteh as his National Security Advisor.
At least 4,000 West African troops are stationed in The Gambia to stabilize the situation in the country.