EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Mai Ahmed Fatty has apologised to the people of Foni for any unfortunate experience they may have encountered during his tenure as Interior Minister.
During a press conference at Kairaba hotel on Friday, where he announced his resignation as special adviser to President Adama Barrow, Mr Fatty said, “I hereby unreservedly apologise to the people of Foni for any unfortunate experience they may have encountered during those volatile period, on my behalf and that of my operatives at the time.”
President Adama Barrow appointed Mr Fatty as his Interior Minister in his first cabinet appointment in February 2017, following his victory in the December 2016 presidential election and later removed in November 2017 without any explanation from the presidency.
While as Interior Minister, Mr Fatty presided over some troubling matters, including a riot against the presence of an Ecowas security mission in former President Yahya Jammeh’s home village of Kanilai in 2017 that led to the killing of one man and several others sustaining injuries.
“The death of Haruna Jammeh on 3rd June 2017 was unfortunate and deeply regrettable. Without prejudice to the principle of collective responsibility in cabinet, security operatives under my ministry were not involved in circumstances that resulted to the unfortunate consequence,” he said.
Mr Fatty said the Armed forces belong to the Ministry of Defence and not Interior and those soldiers who were involved in the incident that led to Mr Jatta’s death were not under his Ministry or subject to his control and supervision at the time.
Leader of Gambia Moral Congress (GMC); one of the eight political parties that formed the coalition that brought President Adama Barrow to power in the 2016 general elections said he decide to resign because he felt that he is no more useful as the President’s special adviser.
Mr Fatty was in Monrovia, Liberia attending an Ecowas conference when the Kanilai riot took place. “I cut short my trip to return home the same day and I was briefed that evening.”
He distanced himself from owning the statements he made that night, saying the information he shared with the nation on television about the crises was intelligence provided to him by relevant institutions and he had no reasons or other means at the time to disbelieve joint services intelligence brief of the state. “An unlawful demand for the withdrawal of security forces from Foni, accompanied by riotous conduct at the time, was provocative.”