Gambia: Ex-minister concerned about military presence in Foni

Gambia: Ex-minister concerned about military presence in Foni

A former minister and an MP for the opposition stronghold of Foni Kansala in southwestern Gambia says he concerned about the reinforced presence of West African troops, that were deployed to remove former President Yahya Jammeh, in his region.

Musa Amul Nyassi, former lands and local government minister for Jammeh, said West African forces, mostly from neighboring Senegal are in the Gambia to “protect the country and the president” but should not be in his constituency.

“The high presence of Senegalese soldiers in Foni is a cause for concern. I understand one of their reasons for coming to the country is for the security of the president and his government. So what are they doing in my constituency,” Nyassi quizzed in an interview with WOG Magazine.

At least three Gambian soldiers stationed to secure Jammeh’s private property in Kanilai were shot by the ECOMIG soldiers after they were refused entrance into the abandoned presidential compound.

More West African soldiers were deployed to the Foni region after it became the epicenter of post-electoral violence. Fights erupted between supporters of Jammeh’s APRC party and the UDP, which won an absolute majority in parliamentary polls.

Nyassi, who has vowed to protect the former presidents property had reportedly denied security forces and investigators from entering Jammeh’s property to reach a well in which two U.S. citizens were allegedly thrown into after their killing.

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