Lotto supports Jammeh victims with D50, 000

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Lotto Gaming Gambia Ltd. has recently donated a cash amount of D50, 000 to Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations; consisting of victims and supporters whose love ones were killed, disappeared, wrongly imprisoned and tortured in Gambia seeking to bring Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh to justice.

The company targets to eradicate poverty and create a one Gambia; one people and one nation philosophy in The Gambia. It also targets at empowering young people by creating employment opportunities and discourage irregular migration.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the Victims Center Office, manager of Lotto Gaming, Agie Mbesin-Touray, said they are not only focus on making profit but also to give back to the people, saying “we are here for the nation.”

Kendaka Ceesay, marketing manager of the company said they made contribution in sports, education and health and now feel the need to contribute their part towards the victims’ center.

Ayeshah Jammeh whose father was killed during the former regime in 2013 explained that families whose rights were violated during the former regime came together to establish the center shortly after the fall of Yahya Jammeh. She said the center has 900 registered victims.

Zainab Lowe, also a victim said they have been volunteering for the center since its establishment due to lack of fund, calling on other institutions to emulate Lotto Gaming in contributing to nation building. 

Baboucarr Njie, the Victims Center’s board adviser said the aim of the center is to ensure that justice is served for the victims by bringing those who perpetuated human rights abuses on people during Jammeh’s 22 years rule are brought to justice.

He said the center represents the interest of the victims during the transitional justice period, to ensure that there is social and civic awareness of the rights of citizens and to ensure that Gambia has a government that is accountable and serving people.

According to him, they want a country where justice will prevail, human rights will be respected and where when human rights are violated, people stand up to speak out.

Priscilla Ceesay, a human rights lawyer and a volunteer at the Victims Center said they are appreciative of the help at a critical time, saying the Lotto’s kind of support is what can make the center functional in a more professional way. 

Author: Cherno Omar Bobb
Source: Picture: Officials of Lotto and Victims Center