Gambia’s army chief’s shake-up of top military brass was part of his response to security threats and challenges facing mainland Africa’s smallest nation, a military source said.
Gambia’s military intelligence has been aware of reports of alleged deserters reuniting depose the government of Adama Barrow and reinstall ex-autocratic ruler, Yahya Jammeh.
Gambian and Senegalese military intelligence working together are still unable to make conclusions but are taking the report seriously.
“The reshuffling was not just a reform agenda, it was a response to concerns raised in the intelligence report,” a military insider said.
“It is difficult to know who to trust because we all know Jammeh still has his men in the army, in all barracks and it will be difficult to clear them all out.”
Gambia’s military chief, Lt. Gen. Masanneh Kinteh replaced three military camp commanders this week in an apparent start of overdue restructuring.
Military spokesperson, Lt. Col. Omar Bojang said the changes are for the army to be “more efficient and responsive to the security challenges” the country is facing.
The military commanders that were replaced have been redeployed to new posts at the Defense Headquarters in the capital, Banjul.
Gambia’s army is struggling to weed out Jammeh’s loyalists, who were wrongfully enlisted into the military from a group of militiamen that backed his party.
President Adama Barrow, who defeated Jammeh is last year’s polls has extended the mandate of a West African stabilization force till next summer to return full normalcy to the country.