Barrow defends why he’s truly elected

Friday, July 06, 2018

In a move to ensure that justice prevails, new members of Commission of Inquiry tasked with the mandate to look into the circumstances that led to the killing of three youths at Faraba Bantang, has been sworn-in.

At the ceremony, President Barrow reaffirmed that the journey to consolidating democracy, good governance, human rights and development has been tasted and accurate measures have to be taken to continue with the progress made so far.

“My government will stand firm for truth and justice, and we will remain committed at all times to the restoration of human rights, fair play and the pursuit of justice for all.

Last month, the people of Faraba Bantang had clashed with the personnel of Police Intervention Unit (PIU), after the community intercepted three trucks for sand mining, resulting to the shooting death of three people.

In the aftermath of the incident, President Barrow promised to constitute a commission of inquiry that would look into the issue to ensure that justice prevails. However, by commissioning this inquiry team, it is evidence enough to conclude that the president wants justice be served.

The Faraba incident is no doubt a test for a man, who, after nearly two years of presidency is widely viewed by many as a soft leader. His recent reshuffle of Cabinet and massive redeployment of permanent secretaries have shown signs that President Barrow is truly at the helm of affairs.

Barrow as a leader, after the Faraba incident paid closed-door visit to the victims at Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital, which was reported by the local press. His office later issued a press release condemning the killings and within 24 hours, the president himself addressed the nation assuring justice.

“This swearing-in ceremony will allow us to follow the right process in order to establish the truth and, thereafter, take the right decision and a well-informed course of action,” he said yesterday.

“Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression, because power, real power, comes from our conviction which produces action, uncompromising action.”

Malcolm X