Gambia’s president swears in cousin as new security minister

Gambia’s president swears in cousin as new security minister

President Adama Barrow of The Gambia on Friday had sworn-in his cousin as the new Interior Minister barely two months after sacking a key coalition partner, Mai Ahmed Fatty.

A banker by profession, Ebrima Mballow has been serving as governor of the country’s most populous region, West Coast since March last 2017.

Mballow was sworn-in just a day after a clash between the opposition and government supporters left several people injured and properties damaged in Busumbala village, outside Brikama.

Mballow replaced Habib Saihou Drammeh as the Interior Minister, whose appointment has been questioned by many given his inexperience in security matters.

The relieved former Interior Minister Drammeh is now Gambia’s Secretary General, also replacing the former SG Dawda Fadera, sacked on Monday and redeployed to Foreign Service as Ambassador-Designate to the United States.

This is the second time Barrow sacks a minister since coming to power in December 2016. He took over amid security concerns following ex-authoritarian ruler, Yahya Jammeh’s refuse to cede power.

(Reporting and Writing by Mustapha Darboe; Additional Writing by Sam Phatey)

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