By Adama Tine
A large number of officials and militants of the opposition Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) on Monday held a march-walk from the Arch 22 to the Ministry of Justice in Banjul to deliver a petition of dismay about the formation of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC).
The APRC executive and militants at the march called on President Adama Barrow and his government to throw away the TRRC report into the dustbin just as done to the Constitutional Review Commission’s draft constitution.
According to them, President Barrow should dismiss the Commission’s report, adding that they would not recognize legitimacy of the inquiry into human rights violations that took place under Jammeh’s leadership.
APRC interim party leader Fabakary Tombong Jatta said the petition was geared towards the processes of the course of the TRRC that had been compromised, adding: “We have said it from the onset that the TRRC will be the killer-blow that never moved us”.
He added that the petition was holistically about the Truth Commission and anything illegal should not be recognized by the government.
However, Jatta added that Baba Galleh Jallow who was the Executive Secretary of the Commission should not have been part of the Commission because throughout his journalistic career he was a critic to the former government. He highlighted that Jallow went to the extent of threatening the government, and demanding full implementation of the TRRC report. He also said that Dr Lamin Sise Chairman of the TRRC was not qualified for the position as there are independent and non-partisan groups in The Gambia that should have been appointed.
Jatta added that: “Yankuba Touray was asked to speak before the Commission and upon refusal to do so by seeking for his constitutional immunity, the Commission decided to send him to the Attorney General who then said Yankuba will be taught a lesson and he was charged with murder of former Minister of Finance Ousman Koro Ceesay.”