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Ousman Badjie is new armed forces boss, Kinteh removed

Jul 9, 2012, 12:41 PM

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of the Gambia Armed Forces, Lt. General Masanneh Kinteh, has been relieved of his appointment and redeployed to the diplomatic service as a civilian, a statement from the presidency announced Friday.

According to the statement, Lt. General Kinteh has been replaced by Major General Ousman Badjie, the deputy Chief of Defence Staff.

The move comes less than two months after four generals were discharged from the Gambia Armed Forces, and appointed as deputy ambassadors to various diplomatic missions in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

Recent media reports revealed that former chief of naval staff, Commodore Madani Senghore will go to Freetown, Sierra Leone; former chief of army staff, Brigadier General Lamin Bojang to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; former inspector general of the armed forces, Brigadier General Ebrima Bah to Abuja, Nigeria, and former chairman of the Joint Operations Centre, Major General Saikou Seckan, to New Delhi, India.