The President of the Republic of The Gambia, His Excellency Adama Barrow, is expected to announce the new Gambian government Cabinet on Monday 30th or Tuesday 31st January, according to a press release published on the State House website.
He made this disclosure during a press conference on Saturday at his Brufut AU Villa home.
“To keep the ball rolling there should be a Cabinet. I have the people who are to occupy those posts. Monday or Tuesday it will be made known,” the President told journalists.
He said his government will maintain the same ministerial posts, and will not appoint any APRC member in the Cabinet because the Coalition has enough competent people to handle all that.
He said his government will bring back the five-day working week instead of the four-day week started by Jammeh. The four-day working week, he said, has disturbed people as many get back to their homes very late, which has not helped in creating conducive working environment.
Responding to a question on the need to relocate to State House in Banjul, he said, “I wanted to live in my house until the ECOWAS team gets done with their work at the State House.” The ECOWAS military force are in the country for a mission, and will leave once there mission ends, he added.
The Vice President will attend the African Union meeting at the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on his behalf because he has other engagements to attend to.
On the alleged missing $11million, he said “by Tuesday we will know what is in the state coffers. As at know, we cannot say anything concerning the allegations level against the former President about the reported missing $11 million until we get the statement of
authorities responsible of the investigation,” President Barrow further stated.
He said his government will set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission that would investigate the 22 years of Jammeh’s rule, and would make a report and recommendations.
Barrow said that the Chief of Defence Staff General Ousman Bargie will continue to work as Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), while his predecessor Masanneh Kinteh will serve as security aide to advise him on security issues. President Barrow stressed that General Ousman Bargie “is a Gambian citizen like any other who is capable of handling any post.”
The new government will as well change the name and mode of operations of the National Intelligent Agency (NIA) whose members will be trained to be more professional in their job, President Barrow announced.
This he said will be made possible through collaboration with foreign governments to train the country’s security forces to be more professional in doing their job.
He added: “We will contact countries that would be able to help in reforming the military in the country.”
“There will be a complete democratic process to accommodate all and sundry, and we will take rule of law in all our dealings instead of executive directives, because the executive directives give room for abuse of power.”