APRC questions impartiality of TRRC

Thursday, February 07, 2019

The leader of the opposition Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), Fabakary Tombong Jatta, on Wednesday jibed at the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations’ Commission (TRRC), that is currently investigating the atrocities committed from July 1994 to December 2016 under the leadership of former President Yahya Jammeh, saying it should have started with the 1981 coup.

“If the TRRC was fair enough why starting with 1994? Why not the 1981 coup? There was an attempted coup in 1981 and so many Gambians lost their lives and so many were in detention and even some die. Is it a witch-hunt for the APRC? and more so one of the official of the TRRC Alhagie Barrow was a coupist in the 30th State House attack who escaped and went back to U.S.A.,” Mr. Jatta said.

The APRC leader was speaking during a press conference on Wednesday at his Tallinding residence, adding that while (Alhagie Barrow) was coming back to the country under the new dispensation, a red carpet was prepared to welcome him; a coupist talkless to say he is the one appointed to investigate the APRC and only the APRC. “Are you telling me there are not enough loyal and independent Gambians to fill that post?” he quizzed.

Mr. Jatta said as all these things are happening here, how is it expected for them to respect the TRRC, claiming that some of the witnesses are given lead questions as there was already a discussion before.

“We are courageous enough to tell Gambians of the unprecedented development that the party registered during its leadership. The former president was able to transform the country and brought it to the 21st century,” he said, while hailing the party’s militants for successfully holding a rally at Brikama, arguing that some parties were even worried and scared about the high turn-out.

Despite the media campaign against Yahya Jammeh and the APRC, he added, Gambians have signalled that the future lies in APRC, adding they are proud of that.

“A new APRC government will start from where we left and we promised to bring unprecedented development and empowerment to the people of Gambia. We know how to do it and we have a strong manifesto and we will protect the sovereignty and independence of this country at any cost.”

Senegambia Bridge

On the recent commissioned Senegambia bridge, Jatta said the bridge was funded by grant from the African Development Bank and counterpart contribution by the then government of The Gambia, saying that laying of the foundation stone was done by then vice president of The Gambia alongside the then prime minister of Senegal.

“The APRC was not invited to the inauguration as a party neither they were mentioned as a party for their contribution. We agree that; it’s the right of the government to name a bridge or whatever in the country the way they like but for us, it has nothing to do with Senegal because Senegal has not contributed a butut in that bridge.”

 On the Commission of Inquiry, he said: “I doubt very much whether the Commission of Inquiry will ever come to an end. If you are paying a chief prosecutor over D400, 000; will that come to an end? – a commission that has more than one year plus.

Author: Momodou Jawo