By Lamin Njie

Former army chief Masanneh Kinteh has written to the army asking the force to allow him to keep nine members of his entourage.

President Barrow last month suddenly removed Mr Kinteh as chief of defence staff after three years in the role. No reason was given.

Mr Kinteh has now through his assistant in the army Major Abdoulie Mboob written to the new army chief stating his intention to ‘temporarily retain’ two drivers, two orderlies, and five guards. They are all soldiers.

The former military leader also wants to temporarily keep two utility vehicles.

Army spokesman Lamin Sanyang told The Fatu Network today: “It’s just a request [but] it’s not like it’s compulsory [and] we should do it.

“It happens in other countries where when a general is retired, he’s granted some privileges. But once he’s redeployed to China, I’m sure these guys will be withdrawn.”