Kandeh calls on gov’t to investigate death of Kanilai protester

Friday, September 08, 2017

The leader of Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) has called on the government of President Adama Barrow to conduct an investigation into the killing of Haruna Jatta of Kanilai village.

Haruna died of gun injuries he sustained when he and dozens of others from in and around Kanilai took to the streets near the military camps in the village to protest, calling for the withdrawal of ECOMIG soldiers from the vicinity of the village.

Mamma Kandeh said The Gambia government should show the same concern with the killing of the protester as it had shown in the case of the late Solo Sandeng.

The GDC leader made this statement on Tuesday at a press conference organised by his party and held at Baobab Hotel in Bijilo.

“We have not heard anything from them yet; not even a pronouncement from The Gambia government saying anything about what happened in Kanilai, he said. “We need more information of what happened, if they cannot explain then we are calling on ECOWAS to explain what happened as it is a concern to every Gambian.

“Just like the killing of Solo Sandeng is a concern to every Gambian, the killing of Haruna Jatta and others who were victims are also of concern to the people.”

However, Interior Minister Mai Ahmad Fatty has told The Gambia National Assembly that the protest was “regret to the government” and that possible measures would be taken to avoid the re-occurrence of such incident.

Meanwhile, the GDC leader also raised eyebrows over the lack of substantive vice president in the country.

He said that while Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang is just overseeing the office of the vice president, she is using tax-payers money to travel outside The Gambia to places like the African Union.

“She is not even sworn in and tax-payers money is being spent on her to buy her tickets, pay her per diem,” Kandeh said.  “I believe this is not proper; we need an explanation. She is just acting.”

Author: Njie Baldeh