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State House Press Director says the only Gov’t Spokesperson she is aware of is the Minister of Information Demba Jawo

June 28, 2018

Ebrima G Sankareh’s purported recent appointment as the government spokesperson, became a contentious issue at the State House press conference yesterday, as the State House Press Director Amie Bojang Sissoho, clarified that the only government spokesperson she is aware of is the Minister of Communication and Information Demba Ali Jawo. She also said she is President Barrow’s spokesperson at the State House. Hence, she said, the news of Sankareh’s appointment never originated from her office.

"Any official information that is going to the media, coming from the office of the president, comes through my office. So, if you have not received it from my office, as far as I am concerned, it doesn't exist. Two, as far as the spokesperson of the government is the Minister of Information, who is the person responsible for being the spokesperson for the government. My role as you clearly stated is the spokesperson for the president. I think that is clear. It didn’t come from my office; I don’t know where it came from; and I don’t know how it get to the media; I cannot respond to that," she told reporters.

It would be recalled that Ebrima Sankareh's appointment as the government spokesperson was announced on the state media—GRTS. The State Broadcaster in a newscast said the press release on Sankareh's appointment came from the president's office. Sankareh also quoted by the Online Freedom Newspaper last week that he received his appointment letter to serve as government spokesperson.

Press Director Amie Bojang Sissoho is denying knowledge of any government spokesperson appointed by President Barrow. She said the information reported by GRTS was news to her.

"I did not give it to GRTS; I don't know where they get it; I don’t know who sent it; I don’t know who wrote it; I don't know nothing about it; I just saw it in the television and people were calling me. That’s all I can answer," she said.

By: Ansumana S.O. Nyassi