By Ebrima G. Sankareh, Editor-in-Chief
A while ago, The Gambia’s 2016 Coalition spokesperson Hon. Halifa Sallah, announced the appointment of Madam Fatoumata Jallow Tambajang as Vice president to The Gambia’s newly sworn in President, Adama Barrow, who remains in Dakar, Senegal, pending security and other logistical details being worked out in Banjul.
A career public administrator with decades of experience in the United Nations Development programme system, Jallow Tambang brings with her enormous experience both as a development change agent and a tireless advocate for gender balance and parity. Her tenure at the UNDP offices in Banjul, saw a passionate advocate for the cause of women’s rights especially, in the crusade to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as a barbaric and feral cultural practice since primordial times.
By a twist of concomitant irony, Madam Jallow Tambajang once served as Health, Social Welfare and Women Affairs minister in the military junta that overthrew the PPP regime of Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara before she too, was axed by Yaya Jammeh, the despot she vociferously campaigned against in the just concluded elections.
Her appointment makes her the second female Vice President in Gambian history to occupy the top job and talking about political ironies, she replaces Isatou Njie Saidy, her junior at Armitage High School and colleague for decades in the fight for gender parity in the mini West African state.
In the intervening years after her exit from Jammeh’s junta, she lived in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her family but worked very hard to end tyranny in Jammeh’s Gambia. She was most prominent in our Raleigh, NC, political programmes and spent her own personal resources to bring The Gambia’s fractured opposition leaders to the US for a democratic change.
A native of Brikama and former Head Girl at Armitage High School, Fatoumata Jallow Tambang is bilingual and passed through Dakar University, Senegal, before matriculating to University in Nice, France, and later pursued graduate work at Bradford University, in the United Kingdom. The Gambia Echo wishes her all the best in her new appointment.