The Daily newspapers in Gambia on Wednesday cast the spotlight on the sacking of the Governor of the Central River Region, the bail application for a former Minister of Foreign Affairs at, and Russian interest in developing offshore hydrocarbon fields in the country. The Point reported that Ganyie Touray, Governor of the Central River Region (CRR), has been removed with immediate effect.
Touray, appointed in June 2007, was the 8th holder of the governorship of CRR since President Yahya Jammeh came to power in 1994.
He is replaced by Omar Khan, former Governor in the Upper River Region (URR).
Mr Khan has served as a commissioner in the First Republic in the CRR from 1993 to 1994.
In April 2004, he was appointed as the Governor of URR until his removal in August 2013.
The Daily Observer also reported that former Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Mambury Njie, has applied for bail through his defense counsel Lamin Camara at the High Court in Banjul.
In his submission for bail, Lawyer Camara said the Njie has all his documents in the custody of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) since 2012 so there is no way he can jump bail, if freed.
The case is adjourned for the court to decide on the bail application.
The ex-foreign affairs minister is standing trial for multiple offences, ranging from economic crimes and neglect of official duty, among others.
Meanwhile, The Point reported that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said Russian companies were interested in developing offshore hydrocarbon fields in Gambia and cooperating in the field of fisheries.
Russia and Gambia have long-standing relations tested by time. Next year we will be celebrating their 50th anniversary. Since then cooperation has been developing steadily on the basis of mutual respect, Lavrov was quoted as saying.
( Courtesy APA & AGENCIES ……… Source ……… Our Freelance Contributor in The Gambia)