CDS Dismissal Kept Secret As DCDS Takes Over

EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Administration in the military presents a cloudy image as the firing of the country’s chief of Defence Staff was kept out of public domain for about one week.

The Commander in Chief of The Gambia Armed Forces announced on Wednesday that he had replaced Lieutenant General Masanneh N. Kinteh with the Deuty CDS as Chief of Defence Staff of The Gambia Armed Forces since last week Thurday.

Replacement of the dismissed CDS took effect on the 5th of March, according to a media release from office of the president.

The reshufflement in the army is taking place at a time when ECOWAS military mission is still serving to protect the mandate of president Adama Barrow as leader of the coalition.

As the coalition madate of three has ended with just over one year to go before another presidential elections, The Gambia is expected to have its military reformed to take charge of security affairs without reliance on foreign forces.

Lt. Gen. Kinteh was appointed to assit President Barrow to execute his duties as a new Commander-in-Chief in January 2017 following the historic victory of the 2016 Coalition against then leadership of the APRC.

Although, no reason was advanced for his dismissal, president said he acted based on powers vested in him under Section 190 of the 1997 Constitution.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Yakuba A. Drammeh is named as the next CDS.

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