Fabakary Tombong Jatta, the interim party leader of the opposition Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) has questioned the appointment of Alhagie Barrow as director of Research and Investigation of the Truth Reparation and Reconciliation Commission (TRRC).
Mr. Barrow, whose appointment as director of Research and Investigation was announced early August is expected to oversee and direct the work of a team of researchers, investigators and statement takers and work closely with the executive secretary and commissioners to deliver on the mandate of the TRRC.
However, his appointment has created a room for criticism among politicians on the grounds that he had been involved in a coup detat, making him not fit for the position.
“If you are to bring about truth and reconciliation, you need to bring an independent minded people. Somebody who wants to overthrow a government and he ran way and escaped and you said he is going to bring about truth and reconciliation for that government,” he argued at the party’s Saturday press conference.
“Even in court, when I am a judge and see someone who is very close to me or my family I will rescue myself,” he said.
According to him even if they do justify it, it will be difficult for one to believe that they can do justice. “There are independent and competent people in The Gambia so why appointing those people? It compromises the truth and reconciliation we are talking about.”
Fabakary Tombong Jatta said: “You want to kill me and remove me from my position and now you are the individual that is called to say the truth. There are Gambians here who do not belong to any political party and are genuine people,” he added.
Jatta said an individual who was involved in coup detat should not be part of anything because that one is a criminal. “Let political affiliation not turn you into a tribal sentiment. The youths should say no to everything that is not progressive.”