EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: The Chief Driver to President Adama Barrow has resigned from his post following allegation of his involvement in the recent diplomatic passport saga, Eye Africa can confirm.
In a letter addressed to the Secretary General and Head of Civil Service without a date, Mansa Sumareh said he is no longer working under the Office of the President.
“With humility, I write to duly inform your good office of my intention to immediately resign as Chief Driver of the Office of the President”, he stated in the letter.
Mr. Sumareh came under fire when his name was first rumored on social media that he was arrested along with others in August, for involving in diplomatic passport saga that hit Gambia’s foreign affairs ministry.
He later debunked the rumors, telling Eye Africa that he was neither arrested nor questioned by any security agency regarding the matter.
After his implication in the saga, State House Director of Press, Amie Bojang-Sissoho denied that he was neither a Statehouse driver, nor Chief Driver, but Eye Africa investigation led to the publication of latest pay slip (for August) in which Mr. Sumareh was paid for his job as Chief Driver of the President.
On August 23, police arrested two officials at the Foreign Affairs Ministry for their involvement in illegal issuing of diplomatic passports to individuals, but neither the police no the ministry could disclose their names for a week.
Mr. Sumareh said in the letter that he was resigning because he realised that the working environment was no longer conducive and friendly for him. He assured the president and his government of his full support and participation in the implementation of the National Development Plan.
His implication in the saga followed several arrests and questioning of some government officials, including Modou Sowe, a senior protocol officer at the office of the president, Ebou Sillah, one of the directors at foreign affairs ministry, President Barrow’s Youth Adviser Henry Gomez and a Nigerian citizen.