Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has fired a former cabinet minister reinstated into the army, promoted to a Brigadier General and made a finance director by former President Yahya Jammeh before his unceremonious departure.
General Momodou A. Bah, who was accused of a coup and sentenced to 25 years in prison was pardoned by Jammeh after he testified against former military chief Lt. Gen. Lang Tombong Tamba. He was made the Minister of Interior in September after long-serving Minister Ousman Sonko fled.
Bah was fired with Brigadier General Musa Savage, General Modou Sowe and Commodore Sillah Kujabi.
Gen. Savage who was seen at Mr. Barrow’s inauguration was the commander of the presidential guard unit at Jammeh’s home village of Kanilai. The General was reportedly instrumental in foiling the last coup attempt against the longstanding dictator.
At least four people were killed including a former U.S. Army captain who plotted to ousted Jammeh in December 2014.
Jammeh fled the Gambia after regional forces marched towards the capital to flush him out of power. Several of his loyalists fled with him and his former intelligence chief has been charged by Gambian authorities for the murder of the an opposition acitivist.