Imam Alh. Abdoulie Fatty’s removal news is contained in a press statement issued by Office of the President in the capital Banjul. He was replaced by Alh. Muhammed Lamin Touray, President of the Gambia Supreme Islam Council.
“Office of the President wishes to inform the general public that Imam Abdoulie Fatty has been relieved of his services as the Imam of State House mosque with effect from Tuesday, November 4th, 2014. The Office of the President further wishes to inform the general public that Imam Muhammed Lamin Touray, the President of Supreme Islam Council has been appointed Imam of State House mosque with effect from Tuesday, November 4th, 2014.” a press release from President Jammeh’s office, relayed over national radio and television, read.
Imam Fatty, a native of Cassamance in Southern Senegal, grew up and schooled in the Gambia. He came to national prominence after his appointment as the Imam of State in 1995.
Imam Fatty, whose Friday sermons have been relayed on national radio and television, has been accused of bullying clerics w ho preach against President Jammeh’s hypocrisy. Fatty’s critics also blame him for fanning troubles for imams of Sanchaba Sulay Jobe and Kaniging mosques, Ba-kawsu Fofana and Baba Leigh, who were arbitrarily arrested, detained and severely tortured.