Tango demands transparent, honest TRRC

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (Tango) has stated that they would want see an effective, transparent and accountable transitional justice in the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC).

This statement was made during a policy dialogue series organised by the association on Tuesday held at their conference hall, along Bertil Harding Highway.

The forum which brought together civil society organisations and the media was aimed at sharing information as well as getting the view of others about the highly anticipated Truth and Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC).

Speaking at the meeting, Ousman Yabo, the executive director of Tango, said that the reason for organising the forum was meant to engage the civil society organisations on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRRC).

He added that that was a very important forum in the country, saying that the outcome of the TRRC would affect every individual in the country directly or indirectly.

Dr. Baba Galleh Jallow, TRRC’s executive secretary said that the first thing that came to their minds after the TRRC was setup, was to reach out to Tango and civil society organizations, noting it is important to have a national discourse with the CSO’s to engage on how best to prevent dictatorship.

“We do this because we cannot do it alone, which is why we contacted Tango; because the civil society organisations have a big role to play, not only holding them (TRRC) accountable on their activities.

He added that they have also engaged the religious communities with a focus group meeting with the Evangelical Fellowship of The Gambia to see how best the churches can participate in the dialogue on “never again dictatorship.”

He said that they also reached out to Think Young Women, Traditional Rulers, and the Academia, adding that in essence, they are putting the TRRC process to where it belongs, which he said, is in the hands of Gambian people  

Madi Jobarteh, Tango’s programme manager, said that as a civil society organisation, they have a fundamental role in the operations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRRC), noting that the TRRC is an institution that seeks to see justice take place as well as putting necessary reforms.

He said that their roles as CSO’s are to give the necessary support in terms of ideas to ensure that legal institutional reforms take place.

He went on to call the participants of the civil society organisations to participate in bringing their ideas so as to provide the necessary inputs required to ensure that all citizens participate in the TRRC, which he said, would help them have a TRRC that is honest, efficient and transparent.

According to him, their role is how to open the space to make sure the TRRC does not neglect and ignore any victim, saying that the TRRC process is very fundamental to their future.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara