The president has sacked the Governor of the Central Bank along with three other deputies, causing quite a stir in the country.
Tension as President Fires Central Bank Governor, Three Deputies…See Details
President Adama Barrow on Wednesday fired Gambia’s central bank governor and three other bank officials considered loyal to former dictator Yahya Jammeh, a senior official at the bank said Wednesday, NAN reports.
Central bank governor Amadou Colley, two of his deputies and the bank’s financial director, who all served during Jammeh’s iron-first rule, received their letters of dismissal.
Central Bank senior officer Nuha Barrow said that the dismissals are part of Barrow’s attempts to re-establish democracy in the small Islamic republic and depose those who held high positions during Jammeh’s 22-year rule.
Since he assumed office on Jan. 19, Barrow ordered the dismissals and arrests of numerous security, intelligence and government officials.
Jammeh, who caused weeks of political impasse by refusing to accept the result of the December 2016 election, stands accused of having committed wide-ranging human rights violations during his presidency, including torture, killings and abductions.
After weeks of regional pressure and the threat of arrest by West African troops who had entered Gambia, Jammeh eventually conceded defeat and went into exile in Equatorial Guinea.