Yaya Jammeh Sacks UN Ambassador, Dr. Tangara, Appoints Sam Sarr Chargé D’Affaires

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By Ebrima G. Sankareh, Editor-in-Chief

Unassailable diplomatic sources at The Gambia’s Foreign Ministry in Banjul say that The Gambia’s out-going President, Yaya Jammeh, has sacked his Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the West African nation’s  Permanent Mission to the United Nations, H.E. Dr. Mamadou Tangara. Our highly-placed source also reveals that President Jammeh replaces Tangara with Deputy Mission Chief, Rt. Lt. Colonel Samsudeen Sarr, to serve as Chargé D’Affaires and Head of Mission.

Speaking to this reporter from Banjul moments ago, a highly placed source revealed that Dr. Tangara was sacked on Thursday night and a dismissal letter dated Friday December 16th  dispatched to New York the same day last week. Based on the veracity of this information, it would appear that Dr. Tangara’s joint-petition with 10 other diplomats appealing to President Jammeh to step down and published here yesterday, was preceded by his high profile sacking as The Gambia’s top diplomat to the United Nations.

According to our source, “Dr. Tanagra’s dismissal letter instructs him to pack immediately and handover to Mr. Samsudeen Sarr, who is The Gambia’s new Chargé D’Affaires and Head of Mission in New York.”  Consistent with our policy of fair reporting, The Echo has reached out to both parties and none has answered our calls.

It would be recalled that Dr. Tangara’s colleague, The Gambia’s Ambassador to Washington, DC, H. E. Sheik Omar Faye was also sacked from diplomatic job last week following an appeal to the despot of Banjul to relinquish power to the Coalition’s newly elected candidate, President-elect, Adama Barrow.

Asked why Tangara was relieved of his diplomatic duties, our source reveals that “Dr. Tangara did not commit any crimes as far as we know, he is a perfect gentleman and totally apolitical, except that he has been completely quiet over the on-going situation.”

According to our source, “it would be very unwise at this moment for both Tangara and Faye to return to The Gambia as the out-going leader is very angry about their behaviour.” Reveals our source, “Mr. Jammeh has also expressed his general apprehension over his purchase of The Gambia’s new Embassy on 16th  Street in Washington, DC . The new Embassy cost over $3million and President Jammeh says he regrets why he listened to Omar Faye to waste so much money in a residential area and has threatened to deal with unpatriotic Gambians like Faye.”

Until his latest appointment, Mamadou Tangara held various positions within the Government of The Gambia from 2010 to 2013, serving as Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, as well as Minister for Foreign Affairs and very briefly, as Minister for Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters.

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