FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

Gambia: President Jammeh Reshuffles His Cabinet Again

The President of the Republic of the Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has in a Cabinet reshuffle relieved Mr. Madi O. Jatta of his position as Secretary General and Head of the Civil Service and Deputy Minister of Presidential Affairs with effect from Wednesday 09th January 2013.

The news release from State House in Banjul this evening states that Mr. Madi O. Jatta has been deployed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Permanent Secretary.

In the same vein,the despatch adds that the President has decided to relieve Mr. Mustapha Charles Camara of his Cabinet appointment as Minister of Presidential Affairs with immediate effect. Mr. Camara has been deployed to the Foreign Service.

The release further states that the president has appointed Dr. Njogu Bah as Secretary General and Head of the Civil Service and Minister of Presidential Affairs with effect from Wednesday 09th January 2013. Mr. Njogu Bah will still maintain his position as Minister of Information and Communications Infrastructure.

It could be recalled that Njogu Bah has been appointed as the Minister for the newly created Ministry of Presidential Affairs and National Assembly Matters on Wednesday, July 26th, 2012 before being relieved of the portfolio and appointed to the position of Minister of Information and Communications Infrastructure, which he still holds.

As it stands, Dr. Njogu Bah is holding the portfolio of Minister of Presidential Affairs, Minister of Information and Communications Infrastructure and Secretary General of the Gambia Civil Service.

Editors note:

The legal advisers of the President should read Section 168 of the Constitution and advise the President to know that it is not constitutional for one to handle the post of Minister and Head of the Civil Service at the same time.

Section 168 subsection (2) of the Constitution reads:

"The Head of the civil Service shall not hold any other office of profit or emolument in the service of The Gambia."

Since the position of Minister is a position of emolument one cannot be a Head of the Civil Service and Minister at the same time.

Section 168 subsection (1) categorically states that,

"The President, acting in accordance with the advice of the Public Service Commission, shall appoint a person holding an office in the Public Service on permanent terms to be the Head of the Civil Service. The Head of the Civil Service shall be the competent authority for the Civil Service."

It is important to point out that the President should appoint a Head of the Civil Service who must be a person holding an office in the public service on a permanent basis, in accordance with the advice of the Public Service Commission.

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