President Adama Barrow has established his National Security Council to provide policy advice on homeland security matters but without a key member, the Vice President.
It means the country has gone seven months without an official National Security Council, leaving holdovers from Jammeh’s regime to make critical security decisions.
Barrow did not keep former Jammeh security chiefs for long. He has deployed all of them to Foreign Service.
Senior Advisors in the Barrow administration had concerns with their allegiance they have for the former administration and their position and stances on national security then.
Gambian authorities are trying to regain control of its security with the help of West African troops that pushed former President Yahya Jammeh out of power.
The security situation in the country remains fragile with threats of an armed opposition being reported.
At least six soldiers have been arrested on charges of being part of a group of loyalists of the former president planning to disrupt Barrow’s rule.
President Barrow’s government has imposed new measures to restrict Jammeh and his top military aides that have joined him in exile.
Jammeh’s assets have been frozen and his diplomatic passport revoked, sanctioning the ex-leader to stay in his Equatorial Guinea safe haven.