Gambia’s De Facto dictator Yahya Jammeh has fired his Naval Chief, with immediate effect, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. General Madani Senghore, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) received a letter, indicating that he has been dismissed from the Force. However, no reason was advanced for his unceremonious dismissal.
General Senghore, was among the few career officers left in The Gambia’s Armed Forces. This is not the first time that General Senghore has been fired. He was let go some years ago, and later reassigned to the Foreign Service. He was subsequently recalled and reinstated into the Navy, where his expertise is widely cherished by his colleagues. He is said to be one of the finest and most professional officers in Jammeh’s politicized Armed Forces.
While the Jammeh State House is yet to come up with any compelling reason for Mr. Senghore’s firing, sources close to the Navy have intimated that the General’s sacking was somehow politically motivated. Senghore’s wife was alleged to have attended an opposition rally, which later came to dictator Jammeh’s attention, source said. The dictator then ordered for General Seneghore’s immediate dismissal from the Force.
Another source, who spoke to us on condition of anonymity said: “General Madani Senghore, was one of the best officers in the Force. His dismissal came as a shock to us. There are reports circulating that his firing has to do with his wife, allegedly attending an opposition rally. Keep in mind that Jammeh fires officers without any reason. Madani is ethical. He wouldn’t engage into any activities that would put his integrity and that of his office into disrepute. He will also not allow his family to make him look bad. I think there is more to the story. Jammeh felt that it is time for him, to let go Madani, and he has prematurely ended his career.”
According to sources, while heading the Navy, Madani, ensured that the men and women under his command were properly taken care of. The plight of his workers was his number one priority as a Commander, our source said.
“Mandani was among the few old guards of the army. He got fired five days ago. No Newspaper here has reported his firing. The Navy will indeed miss him. He was not a self-centered officer. The Naval staff can attest to this fact,” said a former colleague of Madani Senghore.
The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) command could not be reached for immediate comment at the time of going to press.
Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai