President Adama Barrow today presided over the swearing in ceremony of ten newly appointed ministers at Kairaba Beach Hotel.

Below are the names of ministers and director of press and public relations at the Office of President.

  1. Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, Minister of Foreign Affairs, External Relations and Gambians Abroad. Darboe led the main opposition United Democratic Party since it was founded in August 1996. President Adama Barrow became the party’s candidate when Mr. Darboe was imprisoned on trump up charge last year. His only crime – if there was any- was to lead a protest demanding Solo Sandeng [UDP’s Organising Secretary who was tortured to death] to be produced dead or alive. The lawyer with over 40 years of legal practice experience was released to a hero’s welcome few days after Barrow had won December 1st presidential election.

  2. Dr. Isatou Touray, Minister of Trade, Industry and Regional Integration is a prominent women’s rights activist until last year when she dabbled in politics. She declared her intention to run as an independent presidential candidate. She decided to join President Barrow’s winning coalition that sent former President Yahya Jammeh packing.

  3. Lawyer Mai Fatty – Minister of Interior. The founder leader of the Gambia Moral Congress is a career lawyer who remains committed to ending the Jammeh dictatorship. Fatty, a very smart lawyer, is also a victim of Yahya Jammeh’s brutality. His political activism had gone beyond Gambian borders.

  4. Amadou Sanneh, Ministrr of Finance and Economic Affairs, was a treasurer of the United Democratic Party until he was convicted on sedition. After spending three and a half in jail, the career former civil servant accountant was released last Tuesday.

  5. Henry Gomez, the leader of Gambia People’s Democratic Party has been appointed the Youth and Sports Minister. Despite spending most of his time abroad, Gomez proves his love for the Gambia by engaging in the country’s politics. His party too is a partner of President Barrow’s coalition.

  6. Hamat Bah, Minister of Tourism and Culture, is a former hotelier who bags a wealth of experience in tourism. The founder leader of the opposition National Reconciliation Party has been an active politician since the formation of his party in 1996. His party is another coalition partner.

  7. Omar Jallow is the new Minister of Agriculture. Mr. Jallow, the leader of the ousted People’s Progressive Party, was also a parliamentarian and Minister of Agriculture in the Jawara regime. The man affectionately called OJ has been arbitrarily detained and tortured by the Jammeh dictatorship. However, OJ remains resolute in his quest fight and conquer tyranny through the ballot box.

  8. Lamin N. Dibba, the Minister for Lands and Regional Government, was the Propaganda Secretary of the main opposition United Democratic Party. The Baddibu Salikenni native is a long time opposition activist who was jailed alongside Lawyer Ousainou Darboe and others.

  9. James FP Gomez, Minister of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters, is a former Mayor of Banjul during the days of the PPP. Much is not known about a man many desctibe as a great listener, honest and devout Christian.

  10. Lamin B Dibba is the Minister of Forestry, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources.

  11. Amie Bojang-Sissoho – A career broadcaster and gender activist is the Director of Press Office of the President. Mrs Bojang-Sissoho is an activist partner of Trade Minister Dr. Isatou Touray. The duo has been championing the cause of Gambian women, especially in the fight against harmful traditional practices affecting women.

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