gambia’s army chief removed

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Lt. General Masaneh Kinteh

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.

Courtesy of http://www.kibaaro.com

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About musa

I am a Gambian journalist whose mission to use his pen to correct injustice and to tell truth to power was left to bite dust. My newspaper's contents and editorials became "too itchy" that I ended up in Banjul's mosquito-infested cells where I had to cope with three nights of horrendous tortures that left scars all over my body. I was forced to flee into exile with my family, leaving behind my beloved country and editorial desk in the hands of perpetrators. However, unlike most refugees, my two and half years in Senegal was well spent.

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