The newly elected and first female Lady Mayoress of the Banjul City Council, Rohey Malick Lowe on Wednesday 13 June 2018 paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Masanneh Kinteh at his office at the Defence Headquarters in Banjul.
Lady Mayoress Rohey Lowe, who was accompanied by her Admin officer pointed out that the aim of her visit is to renew and consolidate the longstanding ties that her Council has with the Defence Headquarters. She went further to appeal to the CDS for support to her office in the area of manpower especially during the regular cleansing exercises embarked upon by the Council. She noted that the BCC is planning to embark on a 21-day “Set-Settal” (Cleansing Exercise) very soon while counting on the usual cooperation and assistance of the men and women under the command of the Chief of Defence Staff. The Lady Mayoress concluded by reiterating her readiness to champion the cause of the Gambia Armed Forces in her efforts at enhancing civil military relations and also play the role of “Ambassador” for an institution she noted was her first choice of employment upon completion of her education decades ago.
In his welcome remarks, General Masanneh Kinteh, on behalf of the GAF congratulated the Lady Mayoress on her election as the first female Mayor of the BCC, a feat he described as historic for the city and The Gambia at large. The CDS went further to reaffirm his support to her office and the Banjul City Council. General Kinteh in response to her request for support from GAF, instructed that a total of five hundred (500) soldiers be made available to the BCC during the course of their 21- day cleansing exercise. He also informed the Lady Mayoress that GAF has an association called “Friends of the Armed Forces” through which GAF recognizes partners by awarding them for their contribution to the development of the Gambia Armed Forces. He therefore invited Mayoress Lowe to join the association to which the CDS admitted her as a bona fide member in appreciation of her love and support to the Gambia Armed Forces.
The meeting, which was characterized as a family re-union was attended by the Commander of the Gambia Navy, Commodore Madani Senghore and several other senior officers.