By Adama Tine
The Chairman Board of the Directors of The Gambia Centre for Victims of Human Rights Violations, Sheriff Mohammed Kijera, has said there were ongoing tactics and efforts to ensure that former President Yahya Jammeh returns to this country, which he said would be disastrous for the country and Jammeh himself.
Kijera made the remarks during a press conference last Friday, adding that if those rumors materialized, the victims will take to the streets. He said the victims’ families and loved ones will also take to the streets, including patriotic Gambians which will resort to the unthinkable and therefore make the country ungovernable until Jammeh is arrested and brought to justice.
According to Kijera, having endured gross atrocities for 22 years under Jammeh’s rule, no one must be allowed to deny and distort the facts and bury the painful episodes of people subjected to pain and indignity. He accused defense minister Sheikh Omar Faye of being ready to do anything to keep his job, adding that Faye disrespected and insulted victims who suffered torture, rape, castrations, enforced disappearances, extra judicial killings, wrongfully arrests and detained under gruesome conditions by telling them to ‘Suck it Up and Stop Crying over Spilled Milk’.
Kijera pointed out that many people resisted and fought against Jammeh’s evil regime until they lost their lives, adding that many also lost their limbs and livelihood while others fled leaving their loved ones behind.
He further said that some were raped and others lost their manhood, noting that it will only take an enabler to suggest that all Gambians were responsible for that ‘evil regime’. He said the Victims Centre is dismayed by the “frivolous” statement made by Mr. Faye, and as a result, the Centre cannot let it go without expressing its “repugnance” to such “irresponsible and callous” remarks as it was totally unacceptable and deserves absolute condemnation in the strongest terms.
On behalf of the Victims Centre, Kijera urged the government to have the political will to fully implement the recommendations of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC), after the completion of its work, which he believed will lead to the timely prosecution of Yaya Jammeh and his enablers.