President Adama Barrow, has appointed his close buddies, political financiers, and colleagues as “Ambassadors At Large”, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Some of the appointees are businessmen and women. One of them comes from the Real Estate business industry, where Barrow, himself, used to earn a living prior to ascending the presidency. The following people have been appointed Ambassadors at large by the rookie Gambian president.

  1. Fatou Ceesay, a UK, Forex dealer
  2. Saul Frazer, a Banjul Real Estate Mogul
  3. Muhammed Jagana, former president of the Gambia Chamber of Commerce
  4. Banta Njie, a Gambian Sarahule man married to Kinshasa Jawara, the daughter of businessman Basiru Jawara.
  5. Alikali Conteh, a UDP Diaspora surrogate.

Let start with the appointment of Fatou Ceesay. Ms. Ceesay, is engaged in Forex business in the United Kingdom. She donated some money to the opposition during the past elections. She visited Banjul in the aftermath of Jammeh’s fall. She was appointed Ambassador at large by Barrow. She was even allocated a car during her trip to Banjul, which she uses for her daily errand.

Saul Frazer, is a Banjul native, turned Real Estate Developer. He owns Global properties. He is one of the few successful Real Estate Developers. He was in the industry with Barrow. The duo are close buddies. Mr. Frazer played it safe while Jammeh was in power. There is no evidence to suggest that he enabled the dictator, but he was given a free space by the dictatorship to operate in an industry, largely controlled by the Jammeh state house. Both him and Adama Barrow, were faring well under Jammeh’s leadership.

Muhammed Jagana, is a Sarahule. He used to head the Chamber of Commerce. As you may know, the current president Barrow, had family ties with the Sarahules. As such, he is using his presidency to extend favors to his family, distant ethnic group members, friends, and colleagues in the UDP. Jagana has the qualifications to serve as an Ambassador at large, but the manner his appointment was done is against the rule of conflict of interest. Barrow is hiring folks, he can manipulate or can dance to his bidding.

Banta Njie, is another Sarahule, married to the daughter of Basiru Jawara. Banta’s wife Kinshasa Jawara, works at the ECOWAS Secretariat in Ghana. She used to work at the State House, prior to her deployment in Ghana with Edward Singhateh and co.

Alkali Conteh, is a UDP surrogate. His appointment is a good one—given the sacrifice Mr. Conteh has done for the Gambia, and the UDP. But there is a problem with Barrow hiring people close to him in an important portfolio such as an Ambassador at large. There are more deserving Gambians to fill the positions. After all, does it make sense to have all these Ambassadors at large when there are Ambassadors serving outside the country. This is a duplication of efforts. Having one or two Ambassadors at large is enough, but all these mediocre appointments is utterly unnecessary.  

In another development, we have been reliably informed that Adama Barrow, has deviated from his earlier promise to appoint Malick Jeng, a veteran journalist to occupy the position of GRTS Director General. Mr. Barrow had given his word to Malick, but he later changed his mind. The journalist had earlier presented his CV and other credentials for vetting, but Barrow decided to appoint Ebrima Sillah.  

Malick Jeng used to work at the American Embassy as a Political Officer. He also worked at the Radio Gambia as a broadcaster and rose through the ranks before he was appointed Director of Press by the former military junta headed by Jammeh. He never lasted long in that State House. He was fired. 

Meanwhile, Barrow is working on appointing a Speaker of the National Assembly. Some names have been shortlisted. He is also going to nominate five MPS to the House. We are closely monitoring developments. Stay tuned.  

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