President Rejects Justice Minister’s Resignation
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That was what the President of the Gambia, Adama Barrow told his Justice Minister who wanted to resign.
The Gambia’s Justice Minister, Mr. Abubacarr Tambedou, had handed in his resignation after his brother Sheriff Tambedou become enmeshed in a controversy over a leaked audio in which he was heard talking to the wife of a former spy chief and eight others who are on trial for the murder of election reform activist, Solo Sandeng in April last year.
But President Barrow didn’t mind, as reports say he is apparently convincing the minister to rescind his decision to quit over the controversy.
The elder Tambedou was said to have since disqualified himself from the case as a state prosecutor, following heavy criticism and spirited calls for his resignation.
Amie Bojang-Sissoho, President Barrow’s press aide said that Ba Tambedou’s resignation was rejected on the grounds that the Gambian leader still reposes enough trust and confidence in him to handle the country’s justice portfolio, despite the controversy surrounding his elder brother.
Highly-placed sources in government claimed Tambedou has since rescinded his offer of resignation after a meeting with President Barrow on the issue.
The Tambedou brothers were reportedly concerned about a leaked audio of a private conversation between Ndura Badjie, the wife of detained former spy chief Yankuba Badjie and Sheriff Tambedou as prosecutor.
What appeared to be Sheriff Tambedou’s voice could be heard saying his brother, the Justice minister was irked by the idea of prosecuting the case.