Barrow rescinds appointment of ex-dictator’s henchman

Barrow rescinds appointment of ex-dictator’s henchman

President Adama Barrow has rescinded the appointment of Musa Susso, a prominent supporter of ex-President Yahya Jammeh as youth adviser, barely a week after his controversial hire.

“I am confirming to you that his appointment has been rescinded,” Amie Bojang-Sissoho, the President’s spokesperson and communication’s director said.

Susso, an ex-convict and former lawmaker in Kombo North, has been appointed youth adviser last week drawing a string of criticism from critics and even supporters of Mr. Barrow.

Youth activists and civil society leaders in the country said Suso’s appointment was an insult to victims of the former dictator Jammeh. Suso has served as deputy governor for Jammeh until regime change.

Some said Suso’s appointment was a political maneuvering by Barrow, who is working to build his own political constituency and suspected of trying to seek a controversial second mandate.

The appointment came after Barrow established his foundation and youth movement, two institutions frowned upon by many Gambians, who say it is nostalgic of similar groups that backed Jammeh during his two-decades-long rule.

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

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