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Gambians demand Barrow rescind appointment of Tambajang

Shortly after news of Fatoumata Tambajang as President Barrow's pick for Vice President broke out, Gambians went wild on social media demanding he rescinds the controversial appointment.

Taking to Facebook, they fiercely rejected allowing Tambajang to serve in State House as the country's Number 2, arguing she is not constitutionally qualified to hold the position.

According to former magistrate, Omar Jabang, Barrow did an unconstitutional appointment.

“The joint reading of sections 70 (2) and 62 (1) of the Constitution with regards to the purported age of Tambajang will make her appointment unconstitutional and therefore void ab initio", he pointed out.

Tambajang is 67 years old, which is more than the maximum age for one to become Vice President in The Gambia.


Muhammed Sabally, a Gambian teenager living in the USA, also argued that the president shouldn’t be allowed to disregard the constitution, which is the supreme law of the land.

“Authoritarian regimes don't just appear out of nowhere they start with little constitutional violations here and there. Before you know it, we have monsters like Jammeh to deal with.

“The rules are the rules. No one has the privilege to break them.”

During a press meeting held yesterday at Kairaba Beach Hotel, the Coalition’s spokesman, Halifa Sallah said the president is aware of the concerns raised by Gambians and they will look into it as soon as possible.

Fatoumatta Tambajang is a former minister in the Jammeh government.  Her daughter, Khadijah, also worked for the former president. She was one of the senior managers at the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure (MOICI). More on this coming soon!


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