By Alhagie Jobe

 

 

Dictator Yahya Jammeh has sacked his longtime Interior Minister Ousman Sonko, a statement from the President’s Office announced late Saturday.

 

 

It is not clear as to why Mr Sonko has been relieved off his Cabinet appointment at a time when the political environment is so tense and elections are in the offing. But sources have hinted that Mr Sonko of late has not be in the good books of President Jammeh.

 

 

Meanwhile, the President’s Office has named one Momodou Alieu Bah known as MA Bah, an active member of The Gambia Armed Forces and one time Director of Finance at GAF as Sonko’s successor.

 

 

A former Inspector General of Police, Sonko who later joined the Cabinet has been swapped and sacked several times and reinstated, last of which was his re-appointed as Minister of the Interior on 7 May 2012 until his sacking.

 

 

The Gambia has for the past one year been politically tense with the arrest, torture, killings, imprisonment and disappearance of many people including opposition politicians.

 

 

The security forces under the watchful eye of the Interior Ministry that Mr Sonko was the head have been very brutal against the people to please President Jammeh.