Sonko, a witness who recently testified before the Truth, Reconciliation and
Reparations Commission (TRRC) was yesterday given the sum of one Hundred and
seventy–five thousand dalasis (D 175,000.00) courtesy of one Yunus Hydara who
resides in the United Kingdom.
The witness was presented with the said amount at the conference hall of TRRC, Dunes Hotel.
According the executive secretary, Dr. Baba Galleh Jallow, the money was raised by one Yunus Hydara, a Gambia who hailed from Brikama but presently lives in the United Kingdom through a fund raising campaign dubbed: ‘Go fund me.’
Dr. Jallow thanked Hydara for the gesture, noting that the said money was not from TRRC.
He said the money was sent to Ismaila Ceesay to give it to the witness and should not interpret it as money from the TRRC.
The lead counsel, Essa M. Faal disclosed that Mafugie Sonko befitted simply because he came out to speak the truth by saying what happened.
He noted that the gesture demonstrated that there is value in speaking the truth.
He warned all would be witnesses that there is a potential and severe penalty for those who appear before the Commission to tell lie.
Adelaide Sosseh, deputy chairperson disclosed that Mafugie Sonko testified on his birthday and the TRRC was impressed with his testimony and demonstration, adding that he suffered unjustly in the hands of the erstwhile government of Yahya Jammeh during the 11th November, 1994 event, which subsequently led to his incarceration for 9 years.
Presenting the said money, Ismaila Ceesay stated that the gesture demonstrated the true picture of Gambians, adding that Gambians can also participate in the reparations process individually.
Receiving the money, Mafugie Sonko expressed gratitude for the gesture, thanking President Adama Barrow for setting up the TRRC and TRRC for their work.
It was at this point that he disclosed that he would use the said money to buy a piece of land that Lead Counsel, Essa M. Faal revealed that he would provide Mafugie Sonko with a piece of land.