The spokesperson of the government Halifa Sallah has revealed that they are at conclusion stages of revealing names of qualified persons soon set to fill in at three different ministries, leaving only five other ministries vacant in Barrow’s new cabinet. He made the revelation Thursday at the Kairaba Hotel as President Barrow seeks to ensure transparency in the vetting processes of the remaining ministries Sallah told Journalists:

“He [the President] has come to almost conclusion regarding the person to be appointed for the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure, the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and the Ministry of Transport, Works and Infrastructure.

He is still working on other ministries.” Mr Sallah used the occasion to reveal that the President has expressed concern following the Kitty accident involving members of the Coalition Government supporters. “It [the accident] has potential for creating social strife. That is why he [President Barrow] mandated me to go to the hospital to do fact finding. Eventually we received reports from the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital on the 7 of February and the Police report on the 8th.

The persons involved are currently being treated or have been released from the hospital, but all in all they combine to be 30 peoples.” He said the government has committed to provide “D5, 000 to each of the victims so that it will meet their hospital expenses and other expenses as families move up and down to try and take care of their love ones.

“Investigation is ongoing and the person who was involved, who

actually was driving the vehicle is from Niumi and his family has contributed D11, 000 as contribution to the treatment of the victims. He said they have already sent representatives to Kitty village to speak to the family so they understand the cause of the accident and to avoid any misunderstanding that may be about “civil strife of any sort” explain to them.

He also reveal plans for electoral reform before the National Assembly elections, so that the Election Amendment Act of 2015 will be subjected to review. In a Q and A with journalists, Mr Sallah also gave a brief response to a question why the Gambia’s Vice-President has still not been sworn-in. “In terms of that dimension I think he will be in a better position to address that.

By Alagie Manneh

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