President elect Adama Barrow’s incoming Cabinet is shaping up ahead of the January 19th Presidential inauguration, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Five prominent Gambians have been identified as Cabinet Ministers. The list we are about to publish is unofficial. It is coming from very credible and dependable sources within President elect Barrow’s Transition Team. Unless, the appointments have been rescinded, the following people will take up Cabinet appointments in Barrow’s government.
Mr. Amadou Sanneh, the former Accountant General in the Jammeh administration, and onetime UDP National Treasurer has been named as President elect Barrow’s Finance And Economic Affairs Minister. Mr. Sanneh is a certified Accountant and career politician. He was jailed for five years by dictator Jammeh’s government on allegations of aiding an asylum seeker, sedition among others. He just got released from jail. Mr. Sanneh will assume the portfolio of Finance Minister in the new administration.
Fatoumatta Tambajang Jallow, a former Jammeh Health Minister, and one of the brains behind the opposition merger, has been named as President elect Barrow’s Minister of Health and Social Welfare. Ms. Tambajang’s career with the then military junta led by Jammeh was short-lived. She got fired as soon as one of her relatives Sanna Bairo Sabally, the junta’s former number two man parted company with dictator Jammeh. Ms. Tambajang was fired shortly after Sanna was dismissed and jailed.
She used to work for the United Nations in Liberia, until her appointment to serve in the former military junta, which toppled former President Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara’s government. She later resettled in the United States, and subsequently moved to the UK to study. She was granted political asylum in the United States.
Also on President elect Barrow’s Cabinet list is Omar Amadou Jallow, the former Minister of Agriculture in the First Republic. OJ, as he is fondly called is bouncing back at his former Ministry. Mr. Jallow has been named as President’s Barrow’s Agriculture Minister.
Mr. Jallow is a career politician. He studied banking and agriculture. He was among the employees of the defunct Gambia Commercial and Development Bank. He once studied in Ghana.
Also on Barrow’s Cabinet list is Hamat Bah of the opposition National Reconciliation Party (NRP). Mr. Bah has been named as Barrow’s Tourism Minister. Mr. Bah is a former hotelier, and educationist.
In his hotelier career, Mr. Bah rose to the position of Entertainment Manager, while working at Novetel. Bah is very conversant with the Tourism sector. He has managed a hotel in the past.
The Gambia Moral Party (GMC) leader Mai Fatty, has also been offered a post in Barrow’s incoming administration. Mr. Fatty, has been named as President elect Barrow’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
Mr. Fatty, is a lawyer by profession. He receives education in Sierra Leone, before proceeding to Eastern Africa, where he studied law. He is a registered member of The Gambia Bar Association. He used to be the lawyer of the late Baba Kajali Jobe, a former close associate of dictator Jammeh.
The Freedom Newspaper will keep you posted with developments as soon as new appointments are made. Transition sources said Halifa Sallah, and Sedia Jatta, are yet to take up any appointments. The duo are working tirelessly with President elect Barrow and co to ensure that there is a safe and democratic transition of power.
The Spokesman of the Transition Halifa Sallah could not be reached for comment at press time.
Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai