EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: President Adama Barrow today returned from the 31st Summit of African head of state in Mauritanian capital Nouakchott and during his interview with journalists, he said his decision to reshuffle his cabinet was in the best interest of the country.
“’I don’t think it has anything to do with corruption. The Gambian people have given me a mandate to make sure we deliver. To do this, there are Gambians who we need in particular places at particular times,” he told journalists at the country’s airporr Tuesday afternoon.
He said changess are constitutional powers that he has, emphasising that he made the changes in the main interest of this country.
On Friday, Gambia’s presidency announced it has effected a major reshuffle of the cabinet which show him send his vice president Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajang to foreign service and replaced her with foreign minister Ousainou Darboe.
On the summit.
The president also commented on the summit, calling it a well-attended and represented summit. “One thing is very important: Africa is speaking the same voice on how we deal with corruption. A lot of resources have been wasted in Africa and it is now time that Africans come together and fight corruption if we mean development for Africa.”
He said the head of state were serious in their delliberations to build institutions and make them stronger, so that they will help African nations to eliminate corruption.” Even if we cannot eliminate corruption 100 percent, at least, we can minimize it in the interest of our continent. I think this was the main focus and direction of the summit.’’
Meeting with President Obiang and bilateral engagements.
He said during his stay in Mauritania, he held closed-door meetings and most of the discussions centered on African integration. “The President of Equatorial Guinea is a Senior Statesman. We discussed…and assure them that one day, we the young ones will continue with the mantle of leadership on the continent.’’
Succeeding against corruption where previous leaders failed
President Barrow also told journalists that succeeding against corruption on the African continent is not just about statements but about building institutions. “The moment we build our institutions, we become stronger as the institutions control everybody. It will not be the matter of a head of state now. It is the institution. That is the most important thing’’.