Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has said that his recent cabinet reshuffle was done in the best interest of the country as oppose to what his critics are saying. He made these remarks today upon arrival at the Banjul international airport having returned from the African Heads of States Summit held in Mauritania. He said he is aware of reports linking the sacking of former senior government officials to corruption and flatly denied those allegations.
"I have heard of it but I don’t think it has anything to do with corruption. The Gambian people have given me the mandate to deliver. To do this, there are Gambians who we need in particular places at particular times so we can make changes".
Most of the sacked officials were part of Coalition 2016 an alliance of political parties that came together to back his candidacy which eventually brought to an end former president Jammeh's 22 year rule. But for the Gambian leader, he has decided to axe his Coalition members in the interest of the country. "These are constitutional powers that I have so I make the changes in the main interest of the country".
On his the need to tackle corruption, he said it is welcoming that the African continent is beginning to put up a fight against the menace. "This is not about statements, it is about building institutions, we become stronger as the institutions control everybody. It will not be a matter of head of state now, it is the institution that is the most important thing".