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President Barrow Appoints Top Echelons Of GAF, As CDS Drammeh Retires

The President of the Republic of The Gambia, HE Adama Barrow has made new appointments in the top echelons of the Gambia Armed Forces, a press release signed on Friday, 29th September 2023 by Ebrima G. Sankareh, Spokesperson of the Gambia Government state.

This development came following the retirement of Lt. General Yakuba A. Drammeh, Chief of Defence Staff of GAF.

Meanwhile, President Barrow has appointed Deputy CDS Major General Mammat O. Cham, as the new CDS of GAF. The president also made other appointments in the top echelons of the armed forces as follows:

“Acting on the powers vested in him by Section 190 of the 1997 Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia, His Excellency, President Adama Barrow, GMRG, Commander- In-Chief of the Armed Forces, has effective immediately, made the following appointments:

Major General Mamat O. A. Cham, current Deputy Chief of Defence Staff, has been elevated to the rank of Chief of Defence Staff, The Gambia Armed Forces. General Cham replaces Lieutenant General Yakuba A. Drammeh. This follows General Drammeh’s retirement on 29th August, 2023 after a meritorious military career spanning almost four decades.

Brigadier General Ousman Gomez, currently Commander of The Gambia National Army, is now the new Deputy Chief of Defence Staff.

Colonel Sait Njie, current Commanding Officer of the State House Guards Battalion is the new Commander of The Gambia National Army.

Lieutenant Colonel Abdoulie Mboob, Commanding Officer of ‘1 Infantry Battalion’, Yundum Army Barracks, is appointed Commanding Officer of the State Guards Battalion.“

“In appreciation of his long standing, stellar military career and meritorious service to the security forces and the Gambian people, President Barrow seizes this opportunity to thank Lieutenant General Yakuba A. Drammeh for his service to the nation and wishes him well in his future endeavours,“ the release concluded.

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