Jammeh Removes Army Chief

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Lt. General Masaneh Kineh

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has removed the army Chief of Staff Lt. General Masaneh Kinteh from office. Lt. General Kinteh has been sent on diplomatic assignment.

General Ousman Badjie, a brother to the Gambia’s convicted Inspector General of Police, Ensa Badjie, has replaced Mr. Kinteh. Former IGP Badjie is currently serving multiple prisons terms, including two life in jail for robbery and other related crimes.

No reasons have been advanced for Lt. General’s abrupt removal on Friday.

Kinteh, a native of Sankwia in Western Jarra, replaced Major General Lang Tombong Tamba who was sentenced to death together with six others. Major General Tamba, once a trusted ally of President Jammeh, was dismissed together with Major Bore Badjie, Brigadier General Omar Bun Mbye, Major General Demba Njie and Captain Lamin Fatty.

Lt. General Kinteh, an elite soldier who bags masters degree in United Kingdom, was appointed in October 2009. President Jammeh also appointed General Yankuba Drammeh as the deputy Chief of Staff at the time. Mr. Drammeh was soon arrested, allegedly tortured and later recycled into the foreign affairs ministry. He is currently serving in the diplomatic service.

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