Telecoms top brass get the chop

23 Nov 2006

Heads have been rolling in President Jammeh’s post-electoral purge of the civil service and public enterprises. In the most recent shake-up, Mr Omar Ndow, Managing Director of Gambia Telecommunications Company (GamTel) was removed from his post on 20 November. His dismissal follows last week’s sacking of the CEO of GamTel’s wireless subsidiary Gamcel, Mr Alhagie Cham. It has been confirmed that Mr Ndow has been replaced by Mr Katim Touray, previously Communications Officer at the recently established Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA).

Reports surfaced yesterday that Mr Ndow has been arrested for questioning. The reason behind the arrest is unclear, but sources say it might have to do with the recent communication breakdowns in the tiny West African country. A number of GamTel engineers were also reported to have been summoned for questioning regarding the telecoms blackouts.

Amongst other casualties of the public sector reshuffle was the Permanent Secretary Department of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr Willy Goof.