The president of the Republic, His Excellency, Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh has appointed Bala Garba Jahumpa as the new minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure with effect from 12th November 2012, a media release from the State House revealed.
The release reads: His Excellency the President of the Republic of The Gambia Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh, acting under the provisions of Sections 71(1) and 71(3) of the Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia, has appointed Bala Garba Jahumpa as Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure with effect from 12th November 2012.
Bala Garba Jahumpa, fondly called Bala J is no stranger to Cabinet as he has served as Finance Minister from October 1994 to March 1995, Minister of Trade, Industry and Employment from March 1995 to July 1995. He then returned to the Finance Ministry as Minister from July 1995 to 1997.He was then moved to the Foreign Service where he served as Deputy High Commissioner of The Gambia to the United Kingdom from July 1997 to May 1999 and was Acting High Commissioner there from May 1999 to 2001. Jahumpa later served as Ambassador to Cuba from 2001 to 2003.
In 2003, he returned to Cabinet as Secretary of State for Works, Construction and Infrastructure up to 2006.After a brief break,, Jahumpa was again returned to Cabinet as Minister of Foreign Affairs, the post he held up to 2007. Until his new cabinet appointment, he was Gambia's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain.