Chief of the Defence Staff (The Gambia)

The Chief of the Defence Staff in the Gambia is the head of the Gambia Armed Forces, and is appointed by the President.

Chief of the Defence Staff of the Gambia
Incumbent
Masaneh Kinteh

since 27 February 2017
AppointerPresident of the Gambia
following consultation with the National Security Council
Inaugural holderBaboucarr Jatta
Formation1997

Role

The Chief of the Defence Staff is responsible for the operational control and administration of the Gambia Armed Forces, according to Section 188 (1) of the Constitution of the Gambia. The Chief of the Defence Staff has a permanent place on the National Security Council, authorised by Section 78 of the constitution, and on the Armed Forces Council, authorised by Section 189 of the constitution. In order to appoint or dismiss a Chief of the Defence Staff, the President must first consult with the National Security Council.[1]

List of Chiefs of the Defence Staff

No. Chief of the Defence StaffTook officeLeft officeTime in officeDefence branch
1
Jatta, BaboucarrColonel
Baboucarr Jatta
199920044–5 years Gambian National Army
2
Jatta, VincentLieutenant Colonel
Vincent Jatta
200420040 years Gambian National Army
3
Sarr, AssanColonel
Assan Sarr
200420050–1 years Gambian National Army
4
Cham, NdureColonel
Ndure Cham
200520060–1 years Gambian National Army
5
Tamba, Lang TombongMajor General
Lang Tombong Tamba
(born 1965)
200620092–3 years Gambian National Army
6
Kinteh, MasanehLieutenant General
Masaneh Kinteh
(born 1968)
9 October 20096 July 20122 years, 271 days Gambian National Army
7
Badjie, OusmanLieutenant General
Ousman Badjie
(born 1967)
6 July 201217 February 20174 years, 226 days Gambian National Army
(6)
Kinteh, MasanehLieutenant General
Masaneh Kinteh
(born 1968)
17 February 2017Incumbent2 years, 289 days Gambian National Army

List of Deputy Chiefs of the Defence Staff

References

  1. "Constitution of the Republic of the Gambia, 1997" (PDF). University of Minnesota Human Rights Library.
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