The scramble for the vacant position of Vice President continues to go unabated in the West African nation of The Gambia, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal.  Former House (National Assembly) Speaker Elizabeth Renner, is among those scrambling for the vacant position. She is actively lobbying for the portfolio of VP, sources close to the Jammeh State House have intimated.

In recent weeks, Ms. Renner, has written to the Defacto Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh, praise singing him for his so called leadership qualities and development recorded during his watch as the Head of State of The Gambia. Ms. Renner’s letters appeared on the pro-government Daily Observer Newspaper.

According to sources, Ms. Renner, believes that if she is appointed to replace VP Isatou Njie Saidy, she will succeed in winning the trust and confidence of the panic stricken Christian Community, who are increasingly worried, following Jammeh’s declaration of The Gambia, as an Islamic State. In other words, the former Speaker, thinks that if she is appointed VP, Jammeh’s government would be religiously diverse—given the fact that she is a practicing Christian.

It would be recalled that Ms. Elizabeth Renner, was elected as Speaker of the National Assembly, in June of 2009. Former Secretary General Abdoulie Sallah, was very instrumental towards facilitating her appointment as Speaker, sources said.  One year down the road, she got fired—with the State House announcing that “Yahya Jammeh has revoked the nomination of Elizabeth Renner, as Member of the National Assembly, with effect from November, 3rd, 2010.”

While the ailing Gambian Vice President is admitted in Turkey, amid worsening health condition, the likes of Elizabeth Renner, are vigorously lobbying for her replacement. The decision to appoint a new Vice President, squarely lies in the hands of dictator Jammeh.

Elizabeth Renner, is a retired High School Principal. She served as a nominated Member of Parliament (MP) prior to her elevation as Speaker of the National Assembly. She was eventually fired from the position of Speaker.

Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai

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