UDP leader, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe

In an attempt to strengthen his grip on power, President Adama of the Gambia has sacked his deputy and two other ministers.

Vice President Ousainou Darboe who is also leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) was sent packing from his post this morning.

Two other ministers from Mr Darboe’s UDP including Amadou Sanneh minister of Trade, Regional Integration, Industry, and Employment, Lamin N Dibba, minister of Agriculture were also removed.

No reasons were given for the sacking of the high profile ministers especially the Vice President who had mentored the president politically.

But a statement from the President’s Office said it was done in accordance with provisions of the country’s constitution.

Meanwhile, Dr. Isatou Touray, Minister of Health has now been appointed to the Position of Vice President. She will continue to oversee the Ministry of Health until further notice.

Lamin Dibba

Lamin Jobe has been appointed Minister of Trade, Regional Integration, Industry, and Employment. The 51-year-old Jobe is a native of Sanchaba Sulay Jobe and holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from the University of Poona, India.

Mr. Jobe worked at the Ministry of Finance and Trade from 1981 to 1996 before moving to the National Investment Promotion Authority and Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation respectively. From 1998, he has been the General Manager of LAMFAM Enterprises in The Gambia and Guinea Bissau, respectively, until his current appointment as Minister of Trade, Regional Integration, Industry, and Employment.

Amadou Dibba

James Gomez, Minister of Fisheries and Water Resources will oversee the Agriculture Ministry until further notice.

There has been a feud between President Barrow and his political godfather, Lawyer Ousainou Darboe.

Mr Barrow used to be an executive member of the UDP but resigned his membership to lead a coalition of opposition parties, which defeated Yahya Jammeh in the December 2016 election.

He was due to step down from power next year as part of the coalition agreement, which would pave the way for the possible election of Lawyer Darboe as president.

However, Mr Barrow has had a change of heart and is considering forming his own political party to contest future elections.