Jammeh may be in exile but his loyalists and a corrupt system he left behind remain in tact. Seven months after his departure, the Jammeh effect can still be felt.
The new government of Adama Barrow is struggling to reform the civil service and take total control from the former regime. People that were closed to Jammeh still hold positions of influence.
Admitting this is the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ousainou Darboe. Darboe did not stutter when he said “the influence of Jammeh can still be felt,” and it is everywhere.
Darboe is not wrong. Nepotism was rife during Jammeh’s rule. Being in his government meant you have to support him and being high ranking or simply getting promoted means showing loyalty to him.
This has left the Barrow administration to deal with the lingering frustration and fear of such people in the civil service, who now risk losing jobs they got very comfortable with. They were not just any jobs, they are not qualified for.
This has poised security threats and sabotage to the new administration, making it somewhat difficult to purge the civil service of Jammeh’s loyalists.
Jammeh still has some power and has undue influence on those that are trying to keep their positions by all means necessary. Some are already helping Jammeh hide his assets and paper trails have started to disappear.
However, President Adama Barrow is trying to avoid sparking anger and wrongfully rendering people jobless. But the recent revelations at the Commission of Inquiry into Jammeh’s assets and financial transactions is leaving him with very little options.