Neneh Macdouall-Gaye with President Jammeh

(JollofNews) – The Foreign minister of the Gambia, Neneh Macdouall-Gaye, has become the latest minister to tender her resignation to President Yahya Jammeh.

Mrs Macdouall-Gaye who previously served as Gambia’s ambassador to the US, minister of Trade, Industry and Employment and minister of Communication, Information and Technology, walked out of  her job this morning.

In her resignation letter to Mr Jammeh, Mrs Macdouall-Gaye who was in the job since January 2015 said: ” After due deliberation, I am of the conviction that under the prevailing circumstances I cannot effectively serve as Foreign Minister.”

“And while thanking Mr Jammeh for giving her the opportunities to serve her country, she prayed for Allah to shower His mercy,  grace and peace upon our leadership, the nation and its people. May He grant you wisdom and guidance in all your undertakings while fervently  praying that this impasse be resolved peacefully to the pride of the Gambian nation.”

Mrs Mrs Macdouall-Gaye  is a trained broadcaster. She has over 20 years media experience, and has served in various capacities in the Gambia’s broadcasting services. She has produced numerous youth programmes, talk shows and documentaries on various issues.

She also fronted a weekly television programme in the US, Talking Point Africa USA (TPAU) aimed at showcasing Africa, creating more awareness about Africa and bringing greater focus on pertinent issues affecting the lives of African men, women and children.

Meanwhile, there are unconfirmed reports that Addou Kolley minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Abdou Jobe, minister of Trade Industry, Regional Integration and Employment  and Pa Ousman Jarju, minister of the Environment, Climate Change, Fisheries, Water and Wildlife have also parted company with Mr Jammeh.

Mr Jammeh is facing sustained international pressure to handover power at the end of his term on Wednesday  after his defeat in last month’s election by opposition candidate Adama Barrow.

He had initially conceded defeat and praised the country’s electoral system as rigged proof, but changed his mind a week later and declared the results null and void citing huge and unacceptable mistakes by the electoral commission.
Mr Jammeh later filed a suit at the supreme court asking judges to determine that Adama Barrow was not duly elected or returned as president, and that the said election was void.

But the court is unable to hold a hearing until May – as most of the judges come from neighbouring countries – and Mr Jammeh has said he is going nowhere until then even though his mandate ends on January 18th.

He has also laughed at a pledge made by leaders of the West African regional grouping to send a Senegal-led military force to intervene militarily in the Gambia and enforce the outcome of the election if he refuses to give up power when his mandate expires on January 18.

But as the dateline nears with President Jammeh vowing to stay put and defeat any foreign military invasion, the political uncertainty and fear of unrest has force thousands of civilians living in Banjul and other major towns to flee to the provinces and neighbouring countries.