The District Chief of Ngain Sanjal has been been fired with immediate effect, Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Sait Gaye, whose family had been occupying the Chieftaincy in the District for decades, has been replaced by one Malick Boye. He was removed from his post on Tuesday. His successor Malick Boye, is a supporter of Adama Barrow’s government. He comes from the family caste system referred to as “ …WITHHELD” villagers said. His appointment has caused confusion in the entire District.
It has been alleged that Sait’s removal was allegedly engineered by the Ministry of local of government of land under the leadership of Musa Drammeh. Mr. Drammeh and his team have started replacing Chiefs whose loyalty to the Barrow dispensation is questionable.
Ngain Sanjal and its surrounding settlements have been an APRC stronghold during dictator Jammeh’s rule. Electorate in that District voted for Jammeh in the past Presidential elections.
The District was transformed yellow, following the election of Ousman Touray. Touray ran under an NRP ticket and won the National Assembly elections.
Sait Gaye was doubling as Chief and Alkalo of Ngain Sanjal prior to his removal. Malick Boye, who is believed to be in his early 50s, has taken over the Chief/Alkalos mantle-ship.
“Villagers here cannot believe that the Barrow government has replaced Chief Sait Gaye with Malick Boye. The entire village is in a shock mood as we speak. Sait Gaye hasn’t done anything to warrant his replacement,” said one villager.
The Barrow government has in the past accused the former Jammeh government of interfering in the operations of local government matters. It promised Gambians that it will not involve in arbitrary hiring and firing of Chiefs and Alkalos for the purposes of political expediency.
Well, that is not the case in the new Gambia. Chiefs and Alkalos have been fired from their post for no just reasons under Barrow’s rule.
Mr. Gaye was merely told that he has been retired. There are other Chiefs in the country, who had longer length of services than him and have not been retired.
Lands Minister Musa Drammeh could not be reached for comment.
Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai