It seems things are tense in the unity government of President Adama Barrow. There are reports that the president is growing increasingly unhappy with the way of his ministers have been working.
But what is evident is the political purge in some ministries as political leaders that backed Barrow fight to bring in their party supporters and loyalists to fill civil service jobs.
Is Mai Ahmad Fatty the first to be ousted for this or was it over allegations of corruption?
Fatty said on Tuesday that he will resist confrontation between coalition leaders, a party of seven that backed President Barrow to upset the election that sent ex-President Yahya Jammeh into exile.
“At this sensitive period, confrontation among the coalition leaders will not help our national cause. I resist the invitation to the contrary for the good of Mother Gambia. We cannot fail and we will never fail,” said Fatty.
A government official told SMBC that Fatty, just like many other politicians was fighting to have his political allies take a handful of government jobs but faced some resistance.
However, corruption allegations have also been cited for Fatty’s removal. He denied the allegations and the Barrow State House remains mute, refusing to give an official explanation for his sacking.
Barrow’s cabinet seems to be on the edge. Politicians in his administration thought they could act independently to an extent of pushing their political agenda for the next presidential election.
Barrow had promised not to interfere in the work of government ministries and agencies. Declining to micromanage like his predecessor made some regard him a”sleeping” leader failing to assert authority and control of his regime.
The politicians in the Cabinet were so free each had the euphoria that they were, in fact, the president, an official in the State House cited. “President Barrow knows that his legacy is at risk and whatever his regime does will affect Gambians for many decades to come,” he added.
Coalition governments often fall apart and Gambia’s opposition that backed Barrow have for long been deeply divided. The first crack in the unity government was the inability for the political parties to run for parliament under the coalition ticket.
Barrow attempt to secure a tactical alliance failed, leaving one of the parties to refuse any cabinet position in his administration and opting to run just for National Assembly seats.
Who is the next politician to be sent packing? This is the question that many are asking with pundits throwing several names around. But it sends a message that Barrow is in control of his administration and would poleax anyone that would soil his legacy.