The tension between Security Minister Mai Ahmad Fatty and a former Lieutenant Colonel, Lamin Gano is escalating after the minister allegedly dragged his feet on laters license approval.
Lt. Col. Gano, former military aide to Gambia’s erstwhile leader, Yahya Jammeh and a known supporter of the opposition GDC party had applied for a license to start a security company.
Gano accused Mr. Fatty of score-settling and witch-hunting and now wants President Adama Barrow to sack the minister for abusing his office. The former soldier vowed to serve in the military without pay if Fatty is fired.
“The idea of Frontline Security is motivated by the clarion call of President Adama Barrow and the new coalition government for Gambians in the Diaspora to return home to invest and contribute to the socio-economic development of our dear country,” said Lt. Col. Gano.
“As a result of this invitation, I decided to bring back to The Gambia my accumulated 20 years of experience of military service, peacekeeping missions and private security operation in England and Canada.”
Gano, who retired from the army had been opposing Interior Minister Fatty’s appointment as the nations security watchman, questioning his qualification and readiness.
Fatty returned to The Gambia on Wednesday after a two-week stay in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he was observing the Hajj, Islam’s fifth pillar.
Since assuming office, he was faced with curbing serious security threats, including a reported armed opposition to President Barrow’s rule and curtailing anti-government protests.
Notwithstanding, his strongman persona has been criticized and associated with dictatorial tendencies, accusations which he and his supporters strongly challenged and refuted.