President Jammeh’s longest serving Principal Protection Officer, Col Umpa Mendy, who received his matching orders after been humiliated with a callous demotion from colonel to private has swallowed what was left of his tattered pride to serve Dictator Jammeh to the chagrin of his colleagues, irrefutable source reaching Kibaaro News has intimated. Col Mendy has bitter encounters with his unpredictable boss several times in the past but their recent clash followed aftermath of the historic DC demonstrations by Gambian nonconformists in America resulting in his disgraceful exit from both the army and State House.
Some reports held that Col Umpa Mendy was met by an emissary of Jammeh shortly after he was demoted and dismissed soliciting him to resume duties for the Gambian Dictator which he flatly turned down without a second thought saying, “Over my dead body will I accept a job from Oga again”. Many of his colleagues and junior officers hailed his stand with gallantry and pride. However, that pride was curbed short by his unfathomable sudden U-turn from his position of never to work for dictator Jammeh. Our State House informant posited that Col Umpa was persuaded by the devil’s advocate, Imam fatty who pursued the destitute Col in Senegal.
Reader will recall that Imam fatty tried the same with Ba Kawsu Fofana but failed to convince the upright cleric to make peace with the person who wanted and ordered him killed. It is still unclear as to what fatty must have told Umpa to make him accept Jammeh’s offer of employment again but it is certain that he has his col rank back on his shoulders. “The man is a disgrace just like Samsudeen Sarr. Both men are not fit to be associated with the GNA”, a furious young officer of the State guard charged. “I just don’t get it”, another angry officer added, “he was demoted three times…three times he got demoted over very silly little things. Firstly, he was late to escort Oga; the second was when he stopped a woman approaching Oga in one of the Meet the People Tour and his recent one after return from US with Oga. I only hope he will not be cleared next time round”.
Col Umpa Mendy is perceived as an officer who lacks personal protection expertise by President Jammeh who accuses him of security lapses. The DC experience was a humiliating one for both men which is believed by many as the reason for his kissing farewell to his job as PPO. “Perhaps, he will learn from his experience and do things better this time”, opined our source.