Former Minister of Interior Mai Ahmad Fatty has been elected the National Chairman of the Gambia Moral Congress in the party’s second national convention but the first to be attended by him.
After a difficult 2016 campaign that saw ex-President Yahya Jammeh defeated, Fatty’s party gained more support, transforming it from a so-called one-man’s party to gaining a formidable base.
Fatty became a senior advisor to President Adama Barrow at the height of political tensions that nearly slipped the country into civil war. He became the Minister of Interior and took a strong stand against pro-Jammeh skirmishes in the Foni.
Fatty faced as much criticism as support for the hardened security positions he took following the military intervention that led to the enforcement of the 2016 polls and Jammeh’s apparent ouster.
His sudden rise to power and fame became overclouded by corruption allegations. He denied the allegations and the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister also denied that Fatty was sacked for allegedly taking bribes.
The GMC has backed the UDP in the 2011 elections, joined them in boycotting parliamentary polls in 2012, backed UDP’s presidential candidate Adama Barrow to win the opposition primary and the general elections in 2016 and backed the UDP in winning an absolute majority in the April 2017 legislative polls.
Although Fatty is no longer in the Barrow Administration, he remains a senior partner in the coalition that backed Barrow’s candidacy. He said it is important to unite behind the coalition government to help the country move forward.
At least three former cabinet colleagues of the GMC leader attended the convention and represented their various political parties: Foreign Affairs Minister Ousainou Darboe of the UDP, Minister of Tourism Hamat Bah of the NRP and Minister of Agriculture Omar Jallow of the PPP.