Let justice take its course

Friday, May 19, 2017

The circumstances surrounding the death of our ex-managing editor and co-publisher Deyda Hydara have started coming into light, as the Magistrates’ Court in Banjul has issued an arrest warrant for the former army commander Kawsu Camara, alias Bombardier, and the infamous Sanna Manjang, said to be a member of the Jungulars, the assassin team of former president Yahya Jammeh.

This development has surfaced now after police in Banjul applied yesterday for the apprehension of the suspects.

Therefore it is expected that appropriate and swift actions will be taken to apprehend the suspects wherever they may be.

It is essential that justice takes it course and let those suspects be brought to justice, because peace is always in jeopardy where justice is absent or delayed.

We, therefore, uphold the truth that there will be no peace without justice in any society; so let justice take its course in The Gambia. 

This is more so because the arrests, detentions and subsequent deaths of many people under the Jammeh regime are there for all to note.

Whilst some lost their lives in the prisons due to ill health, others were allegedly summarily killed and buried somewhere by members of the then state security apparatus.

For 22 years, so many lives were gruesomely taken under the Jammeh regime, including that of our own co-publisher and managing editor, Deyda Hydara.

Up until this day, no thorough investigations and or fact-finding were carried out by the then powers that be.

The agony and pain, as well as the distress and emotional torture of such horrendous happening, is still felt by not only the direct or immediate family members and friends of the victims, but also large sectors of our population who detest such heinous human rights abuses by the former regime.

Lives lost in this manner cut across families, disciplines, professions and sectors of our society – which include security officers, civil servants, politicians and journalists.

So many incidents of alleged killings and burying in places like the coastal village of Tanji in Kombo South, where Solo Sandeng’s remains were exhumed, are rumoured all around the country.

It is, therefore, essential that such matters are being taken up and pursued.

The new government should leave no stone unturned in getting to the facts of those murdered, and the whereabouts of some of the missing people like journalist Chief Manneh, under the custody of the Jammeh regime.

The majority of our people in this country want the new government to set up a truth and justice commission to unearth the facts and remains of those ‘cases’, one of which is the assassinated Deyda Hydara.

The only thing that can set us free is the truth, and nothing but the truth. So let’s go for it.

“Justice delayed is justice denied . ”

William E. Gladstone