Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow has named former Army Chief Lt. General Masaneh Kinteh as his senior military aide.

This appointment was announced on Wednesday by Halifa Sallah, the spokesperson of the Coalition government at a press conference held at the Kairaba Beach Hotel.

Until his new appointment, Mr Kinteh was since 2012 relieved from the Gambia Armed Forces and assigned to the Foreign Service been Gambia’s ambassador to Havana, Cuba.

Kinteh was among the eleven Gambian diplomats that jointly wrote a letter to former President Yahya Jammeh appealing to him to accept the will of the people and to hand over power peacefully for the interest of the country.


It could be recalled that on Friday, July 6th, 2012, Kinteh was relieved of his services as Chief of Defense Staff of The Gambia Armed Forces and assigned to the Foreign Service. He was replaced by current CDS Major Gen. Ousman Badjie who was his deputy for two years.

Before been Chief of Defense staff, Kinteh was appointed head of the defense forces in October 2009, replacing former Major General Lang Tombong Tamba.

A native of Sankwia Village in Western Jarra, Kinteh who has a long and outstanding military career bags Masters degree in the United Kingdom.