Banjul - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has sacked his
justice minister, the presidency announced, the fifth cabinet member removed
this month in an increasingly ruthless shake-up.
Amie Joof was "fired from her post with immediate
effect", the presidency said in a short statement released late on
Tuesday, without giving a reason.
The president regularly reshuffles his cabinet in what many
observers say is a sign of insecurity and runs several key ministries himself,
including defence and religious affairs.
Last week, he fired his minister of regional governments and
lands, and on 12 August the presidency announced that the transport, energy and
education ministers had all been sacked.
Jammeh, who has ruled mainland Africa's smallest country
with an aura of mysticism and an iron fist since seizing power in 1994, vowed
ahead of his swearing-in for a fourth term last year to eradicate corruption.
Joof's predecessor Lamin Jobarteh is in custody awaiting
trial after being sacked and charged in June over accusations he took bribes to
have high-profile criminal cases dropped.
Petroleum minister Njogu Bah, regarded as one of Jammeh's
most trusted ministers, was also taken into custody in June, just three days
after he had been handed the portfolio.
Last year former information minister Amadou Scattred Janneh
was sentenced to life in prison for treason for distributing T-shirts which
featured the slogan "End to Dictatorship Now".
A sliver of land nestled within Senegal, Gambia has over the
years also seen the arrest and jailing of a number of senior military and
police officers for crimes relating to treason, drug trafficking and