Gambia: 18 soldiers, including three Generals reinstated

Gambia: 18 soldiers, including three Generals reinstated

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has reinstated 18 soldiers into the military, including three Generals that were dismissed by former President Yahya Jammeh.

Major General Saikou Seckan, Brigadier General Alagie Martin, and Brigadier General Mamat O. Cham were reinstated just days after the dismissal of four trusted-Jammeh generals by Mr. Barrow.

Gambia’s military has been implicated in human rights abuses. Gambian authorities have vowed to apprehend those responsible for the killings, tortures and enforced detentions under Jammeh.

The new government is implementing reforms and Barrow has appointed a former military chief, Lt. Gen. Masanneh Kinteh as Chief of Defense Staff, after a short stint as his National Security Adviser.

Former army chief, Lt. Gen. Ousman Bargie has been deployed to Foreign Service. Gambia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not say to which country the military general is posted to.

Bargie rose to comical popularity after he refused to fight regional troops sent to oust Jammeh. He instead offered them tea and flowers.

Jammeh has since left the country and lives in Equatorial Guinea, where he is given a safe haven by the country’s self-serving autocratic Obiang family.

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