Gambia gets second army chief in 60 days

Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Lieutenant Colonel Assan Sarr on Monday assumed duties as Chief of Staff of the Gambia Armed Forces, becoming the second head of the country's key security wing in about two months.
He succeeds Vincent Jatta, who had a 36-day stint in office, after replacing Col.
Babucarr Jatta who was also fired from the post and made to retire from army in November.
The State House announced Vincent Jatta's dismissal 22 December, but provided no reason for the action.
At a brief ceremony presided over by Ousman Secka, permanent secretary of the department of state for defence, at Gambia Army Headquarters here, the new army chief pledged to uphold the trust and confidence reposed in him by the Commander-in-Chief and President Yahya Jammeh.
Army chief Sarr was born in 1966 in Bakau Town, and enlisted in army in February 1988.
He underwent military training in the United States, Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, Major Masaneh Kinteh has been appointed acting commander of the Gambia National Army, a position Sarr held before becoming army chief.

27 december 2004 17:55:00

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