Former Minister of Interior, Mai Ahmad Fatty said the country security services, especially the police department needs innovation and reform to meet new challenges.
Fatty’s remarks came after two former army generals associated with ex-President Yahya Jammeh returned from exile and entered the country without any security flagging.
“Security and peace are the anchor of democracy and development. We must assure robust internal security architecture to protect our nation from current and emerging threats,” said Fatty.
“We must reform, innovate and build modern intelligence infrastructure capable of meeting the security challenges of the 21st century. We must keep our citizens safe where ever they may be in the country.”
President Adama Barrow has launched a security reform program with the aid of the UN and other international partners. He admitted security to security failures following the entry of the two former exiled generals.
Gen. Ansumana Jammeh and Gen. Umpa Mendy fled the country to Equatorial Guinea with ousted President Jammeh. They are complicit in the Jammeh regime’s human rights abuses.
Gen. Jammeh and Mendy are said to be among Jammeh’s trusted military aides that were in contact with loyalists that deserted the army. They had allegedly plotted to mount an armed opposition to Barrow’s government.
Gambia’s army repeatedly denied the security threats. Army chief, Lt. Gen. Masanneh Kinteh said Tamba and Mendy are not a threat. They have, however, been arrested and being detained by the military police.