Gambia’s ex-ruling party, the APRC has announced the country’s former security minister will be its deputy party leader, just a year after the defeat of their ex-autocratic leader, Yahya Jammeh.
Momodou Alieu Bah was Jammeh’s last Minister of Interior. Bah resigned from the cabinet on January 18, a day before former President Yahya Jammeh was forced into exile.
Bah, a former military officer promptly returned to the army after Jammeh’s departure, becoming a Brigadier General and Director of Finance. He was fired from the army by the country’s new Commander-in-Chief, President Adama Barrow.
Bah has since become an outspoken critic of the Barrow government. He blamed Barrow’s then-opposition coalition for triggering Jammeh’s decision to refuse to step aside. He accused the unity government of threatening the erstwhile leader despite Jammeh’s earlier decision to hand over power.
Mr. Bah’s appointment came at a time when skirmishes between government and opposition supporters have become frequent. Supporters of the APRC have reported being attacked by Barrow’s supporters, mainly from the UDP in eastern and southwestern Gambia.
M.A. Bah was among ex-army officers who were convicted of attempting to overthrow President Yahya Jammeh’s government in March 2006 and sentenced to 25 years in prison.
He was pardoned and promoted to the rank of Major after agreeing to testify as the key prosecution witness against President Jammeh’s former military chief, Chief of Defense Staff Lieutenant General Lang Tombong Tamba and Naval Chief Rear Admiral Sarjo Fofana who were court-martialed for treason.