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Waa Juwara, others join cabinet as Sheriff Gomez takes up Interior ministry

Feb 13, 2012, 12:02 PM

President Yahya Jammeh named more ministers in his new cabinet Friday, appointing former youth and sports minister as the new minister of the Interior and long-time critic Lamin Waa Juwara as the new minister for Local Government and Lands.

Sworn-in for a fourth term of office as President of the Republic of The Gambia on 19th January 2012, Jammeh who still holds on to the defence ministry, also appointed former High Court judge Justice Lamin Jobarteh as the new attorney general and minister of Justice.

A news release from the presidency read over GRTS, said Alieu Jammeh, permanent secretary at the ministry of youth and sports, was appointed as the new minister of Youth and Sports.

Mr. Jammeh replaces Sheriff Gomez, who has also replaced Ousman Sonko at the Interior ministry. Sonko is now Gambia’s ambassador to Spain.

Lamin Waa Juwara, who until his appointment was Governor of the Lower River Region (LRR) has replaced Pierre Tamba former minister for Local Government and Lands in the old cabinet, and Justice Jobarteh has replaced Edward Gomez as minister of Justice.

Francis Mboge, a construction engineering consultant, who worked with Gleeds International Management and Construction Consultants as regional manager for West Africa, will be the new deputy minister of Works, Construction and Infrastructure, while Solomon Owens will take up as the new deputy minister of Agriculture, the statement announced.

As in the previous Cabinet, both posts are under the Office of the President, with President Yahya Jammeh still being the minister of Works, and of Agriculture.

A key ministry yet to be filled in the new Cabinet is the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure, held by Alagie Cham in the former Cabinet.