Gambia’s govt warns regional governors to stay away from politics

Gambia’s govt warns regional governors to stay away from politics

The Barrow administration said regional governors should stir away from partisan politics and follow the dictates of the Civil Service, which embodies neutrality and impartiality in executing their functions.

President Adama Barrow appointed five new regional governors after the firing of those appointed by former President Yahya Jammeh.

Ebrima Mballow of Arab Gambia Islamic Bank (AGIB) has been appointed the governor of West Coast Region; Director of Public Relations at the Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation Ebrima Dampha as governor of North Bank Region; Senior Education Officer Mrs Fanta Bojang Samateh-Manneh as the governor of Lower River Region (LRR); Sulayman Barry of the Gambia Revenue Authority as the governor of Central River Region (CRR); and Mrs Fatou Jammeh-Touray of the Management Development Institute as the of governor of Upper River Region.

Former Gambian presidents, Dawda Jawara and Yahya Jammeh have used regional governors to garner more political support for their parties, a scheme that has helped perpetuate them in power for decades.

“We expect all governors to be apolitical and not to get involved in partisan politics at every level,” says Information Minister Demba Jawo. “We would like to request all governors to administer to the dictates of the Civil Service, which embodies neutrality and impartiality in executing their functions.”

Barrow’s government faces enormous challenges to rebuild the country’s broken economy and long-neglected institutions. Barrow returned from Europe on Friday where he was seeking to mend broken relations between the Gambia and key development partners.

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