public relations officer of the ECOWAS Military Intervention in The Gambia
(ECOMIG), Commander Michael A. Larpi has disclosed that the stay of troops in
The Gambia is funded by ECOWAS with support from European Union (EU) and United
Nations (UN) and not The Gambia as viewed by many people.
In a recent interview with The Point, Commander Larpi said he didn’t know how long they would stay in the country. “We the soldiers in the mission cannot determine when we should leave,” he said. “I believe that every day-in-day-out, is being monitored and they know what happens in the country, then based on that they would advise,” he said.
According to him, ECOMIG has not been given the mandate to come and reform The Gambian Armed Forces (GAF). If there should be anything to do with them, he said, it would be in terms of collaboration, working together in ensuring peace and stability in accordance with what is given to our mission,” he said.
He added that the relationship between ECOMIG forces and The Gambia Armed Forces is very positive, with GAF hosting them in Fajara. He added that in most of their operations, they join forces with The Gambia Armed Forces.
Former practicing journalist turned army said that there is nothing that ECOMIG does which The Gambia Armed Forces is not aware of.