Tata Camara Ceesay, United Democratic Party’s (UDP) chairperson and women
mobiliser in Janjanbureh, Central River Region yesterday narrated her bitter
experience in the hands of APRC thugs /supporters whilst testifying before the
Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) chaired by Dr. Lamin J.
Madam Ceesay singled out one Omar Mamburay, NIA operatives as an agent of provocateur who led group of APRC supporters to destroy her compound after Yahya Jammeh was declared winner of the 2001 Presidential election whilst jubiliating in Janjanbureh.
She asserted that her 18 year old son was dismissed from government service because she was UDP chairperson in Janjanburay.
She indicated that she saw all kind of difficulties because of her affiliation to the UDP.
The UDP stalwart told the Commission that she was arrested in 2001 prior to the presidential election and was subjected to all manner of harassment and inhumane treatment by Omar Mamburay, an NIA officer, late Kulu Gibba, then station officer of Janjanbureh Police Station and late Musa Ceesay, prison officer tormented her, her family members and UDP supporters in Janjanbureh.
She recalled that she used to farm at Tubul and whilst in her rice field, one of her children came to inform her that a police officer was waiting for her at her home and upon arrival, the police officer summoned her to answer to the then Commissioner Major Bojang of CRR.
The witness disclosed that at Janjanbureh Police Station, she met the Station Officer Kulu Gibba who escorted her to Commissioner Bojang’s office.
She further disclosed that she had a chat with Commissioner Bojang who tried to convince her to join the APRC but she was later released after Commissioner Bojang couldn’t convince her to join the APRC.
The witness told the Commission that three days after meeting with Commissioner Bojang, a police officer came to pick her up in her house and she was taken to Janjanbureh Police Station where she met Omar Mamburay.
The witness further told the Commission that whilst at the station, her year and one month old toddler was taken away from her and she was escorted to the NIA headquarters in Banjul where she met one Baba who promised to see her the following day.
She stated the impact of not being able to breastfeed her baby so she was ill and taken to military hospital six days after her detention.
She told the Commission that she refused to be injected at the military hospital after she was suspicious of being injected with poisonous substance.
The witness revealed that she was taken back to the NIA where she met Baba who confronted her that Omar Mamburay alleged that they recorded her insulting the then president Yahya Jammeh.
The witness further revealed that she asked Baba to play the said recording to her hearing. Baba refused but Baba confirmed that the whole gymmicks was to scare her. She asserted that it was during her detention at the NIA that she saw Shyngle Nyassi who was beaten by some NIA officers.
The witness said she was detained for 23 days and on the 24th day she was released and taken to Super Bar around Babun Fatty junction where she was given D200 to travel back to Janjanbureh.
The witness further said she refused but went to Ousainou Darboe, the UDP Secretary General’s residence at Kairaba Avenue who later took her to Dr. Ceesay’s clinic where she spent two nights and was given medical treatment.
Madam Tata Camara Ceesay disclosed that she personally informed Ousainou Darboe that she saw Shyngle Nyassi at the NIA headquarters thereafter Ousainou Darboe went to Citizen FM to make announcement that Shyngle Nyassi was detained at the NIA after government's denial that it was not aware of the whereabouts of Shyngle Nyassi.
She stated that Kulu Gibba and Musa Ceesay continued to harass and intimidate her until they passed away but she felt threatened by Omar Mambureh who was raining invective on her during the then APRC nation-wide tour.