Gambia's new President Adama Barrow is seen with his wife during his swearing-in ceremony at the Independence Stadium, in Bakau, Gambia February 18, 2017. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

Barrow sparks anger over new foundation

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has ignited outburst after it emerged a foundation has been set up in his name by his aides, notably an ambassador at large.

There has been an overwhelming call for Mr. Barrow not to proceed with having the so-called Adama Barrow Foundation for Inclusive Development launched.

Activists cited conflict of interest, accusing the country’s leader of gently transforming into politicians will plan to entrench himself in power. They demand he steps down in five years as promised by the realtor turned head of state.

Fatou Ceesay, Barrow’s Ambassador at Large caused the firestorm after posting a job opening for an administrative officer for the foundation on Facebook. Barrow’s political opponents say it is a reminder of former President Yahya Jammeh’s foundation, which was a scheme to stash taxpayers money.

The foundation said it will build mosques all around the secular country, angering Christians, who were marginalized by Jammeh’s regime that declared The Gambia an Islamic state.

Political opponents of Mr. Barrow said most of the foundation’s objectives were part of the government’s job description, which are also outlined in the Barrow administration’s national development blueprint, citing potential conflict of interest.

They demand Mr. Barrow focus on the task of the presidency and not to be involved in running foundations and movements like his predecessor.

Barrow’s wife, First Lady Fatoumatta Bah is already running a foundation. That, many including his supporters say is enough, unless Barrow is on a political gimmick to prolong his stay and seek a second mandate, opposed to his pledge of serving a single term.

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