Former political exile Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang, has been appointed as Gambia’s Vice president. The announcement was made today at a news conference by Halifa Sallah, the spokesman of the Transition government. Mr. Sallah told journalists that Ms. Tambajang, has been appointed VP for the sake of balancing the gender gap in the new government.

Ms. Tambajang, once lived in exile in Raleigh, North Carolina. She later resettled in the UK, where she was said to be pursuing education. She returned to the Gambia, some years ago, where she started networking opposition parties to effect political change.

Ms. Tambajang, played a pivotal role in ensuring that the opposition comes together to form an alliance to challenge dictator Yahya Jammeh. She was tasked with overseeing the opposition primaries to facilitate the selection of a flag bearer. 

Ms. Tambajang, onetime served as Minister of Health and Social Welfare under the former government of dictator Yahya Jammeh. She was later fired. 

Mr. Sallah told journalists that no date has been set aside for president Barrow’s homecoming. He said the State House needs to be sanitized before Barrow’s return saying “ we do not know what is there.”

In regards to the Civil Service, Mr. Sallah said the current Secretary General, has been instructed to advice Perm Secs and workers to report to work. He said Jammeh left Banjul on Saturday, and workers have since resumed work.

Mr. Sallah also talked about releasing detainees and political prisoners. He urged families whose family members have not be released to come forward so that the Inspector General of police can facilitate their release.

Salllah said refugees have started returning back to the Gambia, following the month long political impasse. He thanked Gambian businesses and citizens for coming to the aid of the refugees.

Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai

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