It was all hugs in the first public meeting of President Adama Barrow and his former security minister, Mai Ahmad Fatty just three weeks after the erstwhile law enforcement chief’s firing.
Fatty in a show of his pledge to continue supporting the Barrow government attended the celebrations marking Barrow’s victory against the former president, Yahya Jammeh.
The former interior minister’s ouster came as a surprise to many, betokening that the grounds for his removal must be on serious allegations yet to be disclosed by the State House.
Fatty’s political ally and Foreign Affairs Minister Ousainou Darboe dismissed allegations of corruption against the ousted cabinet member as false but Press Secretary Amie Bojang Sissoho said the removal of Fatty was in the best interest of the country.
Fatty continues to be a senior member of the coalition that backed Barrow’s presidency. Mr. Barrow has redeployed him to Foreign Service but has not announced to what mission.
Fatty’s GMC party is on a campaign to drive support for the former minister ahead of next year’s local government elections. The party backed the UDP party in the parliamentary polls.
President Barrow is looking at a replacement for Fatty and the new interior minister is to be announced this week amid reports of a minor shake-up in the security services and the State House.