President Adama Barrow

President Adama Barrow of the Gambia Thursday sacked the country’s  minister for the Interior and head of the Civil Service from his cabinet.

Ebrima Mballow is succeeded as Interior minister by Yankuba Sonko, a former head of the country’s police force during the regime of Yahya Jammeh while Omar Camara was succeeded as secretary general and head of the Civil Service by Muhammed Jallow, a former permanent secretary at the Office of the President.

As always, no reasons were given for the removal of the two senior officials. But a statement from Mr Barrow’s office said it was done in accordance with provisions of the Gambian constitution.

The statement said the sacked officials will now be working in the Foreign Service but didn’t say in what capacity.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Omar Faye, a former Gambian ambassador to the United States in the regime of Yahya Jammeh,has been called up to fill the vacant minister of Defence position. Until his appointment, Mr Faye was Consul General at the Gambian embassy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.