Former jailed agric minister appointed permanent secretary

Former jailed agric minister appointed permanent secretary

An ex-deputy minister illegally imprisoned by former President Yahya Jammeh has been appointed the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, an official confirmed late Tuesday.

Ousman Jammeh, a specialist in agriculture was held without charges for at least 17 months by Jammeh amid a crisis at the agriculture ministry.

President Jammeh, who appointed himself as Minister of Agriculture for the most part of his rule accused workers in the department of corruption and economic crimes. He never explained why Ousman Jammeh was arrested neither was he taken to court.

Ousman Jammeh was released by the new government of President Adama Barrow following the ex-president’s defeat in the elections and subsequent exile.

Ousman Jammeh was considered a prisoner of conscience by the Barrow government. He was released alongside dozens of political prisoners that were languishing in a notorious jail in Banjul, Mile 2.

President Adama Barrow is slowly making reforms to the civil service, trying to have technocrats returned to the government and getting rid of unqualified workers that were given top government jobs for their political support to the ex-president.

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