AFP: Jammeh’s trusted generals in touch with ‘hostile elements’ active in Gambia’s army

AFP: Jammeh’s trusted generals in touch with ‘hostile elements’ active in Gambia’s army

High ranking military generals that have fled with ex-President Yahya Jammeh have maintained contact with loyalists on “active duty” within the Gambia’s army, the AFP reported.

The head of the Senegalese troops of the Ecowas stabilization force, Colonel Magatte Ndiaye made the confirmation amid reports that at least 300 deserted Gambian soldiers are planning to destabilize the country.

“High-ranking officials of the Gambia Armed Forces that have fled with the former president have maintained contact with hostile elements within The Gambia security forces still on active duty,” Ndiaye told AFP.

Ndiaye warned they internal and external forces are working to make the small West African nation ungovernable.

“When you put the influence from outside and the operation from inside together, it shows that there are so many negative forces working to make this country ungovernable,” Ndiaye.

Jammeh was kicked out of the country in January when West African troops advanced towards the capital to flush him out of power.

He took refuge in Equatorial Guinea as part of a brokered deal that allowed him to leave with his most trusted military chiefs.

During his 22-year rule of the country, Jammeh had fixed his loyalist into the army, mostly from a youth-led militia group that backed his party and suspected of committing human rights abuses.

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