Gambia’s Central Bank Governor and three other top bank officials have been dismissed by the country’s new president, Adama Barrow, a State House official said.
Bank chief Amadou Colley, two deputy governors [Basiru Njie and Oumie Samba] and its finance director, Essa Drammeh were fired on Monday and new officials appointed.
The officials, who were appointed by the country’s former president, Yahya Jammeh have been accused of allowing the self-serving autocrat to siphon billions from the bank.
Colley’s dismissal was no surprise to observers, who thought he should have resigned gracefully and handed over the bank’s affairs to a new administration.
Jammeh was defeated in the December elections last year and fled the country leaving the state nearly insolvent. He is accused of defrauding the impoverished nation during his decades-long rule.
Barrow has been progressively exerting his authority and replacing senior officials that were appointed by Jammeh. None of Jammeh’s former ministers were reappointed into his new government.
The Gambia’s economy is reviving after the EU and other international partners released withheld funds to help control damages caused by Jammeh’s mismanagement and refusal to cede power.