Mai Ahmad Fatty, the leader of the Gambia Moral Congress suggested the composition of the Barrow’s unity government is unfair and not reflective of the coalition that backed him to power.
Fatty, who was sacked by Barrow as Minister of Interior in November said his party has no representation in the year-old administration, intimating his party was sidelined and refusing to be an underling.
“Look at the composition of the cabinet: UDP has three or four cabinet positions, PPP has two, GPDP has Henry Gomez, NCP has Lamin Dibba and a nominated member of parliament Majanko Samusa and you also have Dr. Isatou Touray, Amie Bojang, and Ramzia Diab as an ambassador but GMC has no ambassador and nobody in cabinet since I left,” he said.
“But still we continue to support the agenda [of the Barrow government] and we will never undermine the Coalition because we do not get into this business because of positions. For us, it is The Gambia that matters and not positions otherwise we would have been out a long time ago, particularly when I was removed as a minister.”
Fatty found it unreasonable that a certain political party has more than 80 percent of Foreign Service jobs. Fatty avoided mentioning the party but members of the UDP, the political powerhouse with the most stake in Barrow’s government fill most of the diplomatic jobs in the administration.
The UDP leader, Ousainou Darboe, who is the Minister of Foreign Affairs has been backed in previous elections by Fatty. President Adama Barrow is part of Darboe’s UDP, although he is ruling as a coalition backed independent candidate.
“GMC does not even have an ambassadorial position but we have political parties that have 80 percent of the ambassadorial positions. GMC is the only political party we believe is extremely sincere and committed to the development of this country that does not give a damn about position or post,” Fatty said.
“If we do our reactions would have been very different…That is the type of politics we want to play, we are committed and married to The Gambia.”