least a total number of 150 personnel of the first batch of the new
Presidential Guards including 21 female soldiers have on Tuesday left Banjul
for three months training in Dakar, Senegal.
Addressing the troops shortly before their departure at The Gambia Armed Forces Training School in Fajara, the chief of Defense Staff of The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) Lt. Gen. Masanneh N. Kinteh congratulated the troops, while extending President Barrow regards to them.
CDS Kinteh expressed satisfaction about the reconstruction of the new Presidential Guards, saying that it is part of the agenda of the new government. He said that the need for the dissolution of the former state guards came at a time when the security architecture was in absolute needs.
It is in this quest, the GAF CDS said that, President Barrow, who is the commander-in-chief of the GAF consulted his Senegalese counterpart for the new batch of the presidential guards to undergo training in Dakar. However, due to the protocols involved, the training could not commence as scheduled.
“The new presidential guards will be a mixture of various security services of the country.” He urge them to forget about their individual, regional and services and focus on the training as a team with a view to achieve the desired outcome, through which you they can adequately take care of the security of seat of government.
“I have no doubt that you will be able to do the training in Dakar due to the professional level and training at GAF Training School. You are expected to leave up to the expectation of the GAF and The Gambian people, thus any act of indiscipline will attract severe punishment,” Kinteh warned.