The much-anticipated bombshell has been dropped today at the State House amid weeks of speculations about an imminent cabinet reshuffle. President Adama Barrow has fired his Vice President Ousainou Darboe. Darboe is the leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP). Mr. Darboe was fired together with two UDP Ministers in Barrow’s cabinet: Trade Minister Amadou Sanneh and Agriculture Minister Lamin Ndambou Dibba. Health Minister Dr. Isatou Touray has been appointed Vice President to replace the sacked VP Darboe. Below is a press release from the State House.
STATEHOUSE, BANJUL, 15th MARCH 2019 – His Excellency, Mr. Adama Barrow, President of the Republic of The Gambia acting under the provisions of sections 70 (5) (a), 71(4) (b) and Sections 70(3) and 71(3) of the Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia has made the following changes to his cabinet with effect from 15th March 2019:
- H.E. A.N.M Ousainou Darboe has been relieved of his cabinet appointment as the Vice President of the Republic of The Gambia, and Honourable Dr. Isatou Touray, Minister of Health has now been appointed to the Position of Vice President. She will continue to oversee the Ministry of Health until further notice.
- Hon. Amadou Sanneh has been relieved of his cabinet appointment as Minister to Trade, Regional Integration, Industry, and Employment. Mr. Lamin Jobe has been appointed Minister of Trade, Regional Integration, Industry, and Employment. The 51-year-old Jobe is a native of Sanchaba Sulay Jobe and holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from the University of Poona, India. Mr. Jobe worked at the Ministry of Finance and Trade from 1981 to 1996 before moving to the National Investment Promotion Authority and Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation respectively. From 1998, he has been the General Manager of LAMFAM Enterprises in The Gambia and Guinea Bissau, respectively, until his current appointment as Minister of Trade, Regional Integration, Industry, and Employment.
- Hon. Lamin N. Dibba has been relieved from his appointment as Minister of Agriculture, and Honourable James Gomez, Minister of Fisheries and Water Resources will oversee the Agriculture Ministry until further notice.