Gambia’s Secretary for Homeland Security, Mai Ahmad Fatty said he will not be firing senior security officers, who were appointed by Jammeh on allegations that they were his henchmen.
Fatty said unless it is proven that anyone in the past administration has committed human rights abuses and crimes against the state, they will get to keep their jobs and get promotions.
“No amount of pressure would force the government to act on sentiments. No responsible government would rush to punish people without substantial evidence,” Fatty said.
Gambian authorities are probing allegations of human rights abuses and financial mismanagement by Jammeh’s regime, vowing to prosecute those found wanting.
At least 30 former security officers are being detained for committing crimes against the state and nine for them are being prosecuted for the killing of an opposition activist.
Supporters of the Barrow administration are split on the retaining, reappointment and promotion of a handful of Jammeh’s loyalists.
Secretary for Foreign Relations, Ousainou Darboe defended the appointment of several senior officials from the ex-regime, including former House Speaker, Abdoulie Bojang.
Jammeh was defeated in the elections last year and fled the country after 22-years of autocratic rule. He has been given refuge in Equatorial Guinea, where has taken up farming as his occupation.