Gamtel, Gamcel heads roll under new regime

4 Oct 2007

Gambian newspaper The Point writes that the top officials of recently privatised fixed line and mobile operators GamTel and Gamcel have been sacked by the companies’ new owners, Lebanese holding group Spectrum Group and its management partner DeTeCon International of Germany. Katim Touray, Managing Director of GamTel, and Foday Sisay, General Manager of Gamcel, have been relieved of their posts with immediate effect, according to the paper’s sources. Mr Touray was appointed MD of GamTel in December 2006, succeeding the former holder of the position, Omar Ndow, who is currently standing trial on charges related to economic crimes. In addition, three other directors including the deputy general manager of Gamcel, have also been sacked. The dismissals come hot on the heels of the signing ceremony of the GamTel/Gamcel-Spectrum partnership at which the country’s president, Yahya Jammeh, asserted in an extremely forthright manner that Spectrum should get rid of any officials that it considered unworthy of retaining, and issued a barely disguised warning that the government would not accept any excuses from the new ownership in the event of failure. The government agreed the sale of a 50% controlling stake in national fixed line operator GamTel and its mobile subsidiary on 1 August, and attributed the surprise move to an urgent need to address deteriorating telecoms services.