Team Gom Sa Bopa demands resignation of IGP, Interior minister

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Team Gom Sa Bopa has demanded the immediate resignation of the Interior minister and Inspector General of Police (IGP) for ‘failing’ to protect the lives of people in their jurisdiction.

This demand and nine others were made by the youth empowerment Non-Government organisation at a press conference held at Alliance Franco following the death of university student Kebba Secka and a Serrekunda market vendor, Ousman Darboe.

Team Gom Sa Bopa is a youth empowerment Non-Governmental Organisation dedicated to raising awareness among young people through art and arousing their interest in National Development. The movement engages artists and influencers to play an active role in Civic Education and to be local community and national watchdogs of the country, especially over leaders and public officials in charge of developing The Gambia.

Presenting their demands, Ali Cham, president of Team Gom Sa Bopa, also demanded government to restore confidence in the security sector by suspending all security personnel who confess to gross human rights violations at the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission pending investigation.

“Gambian taxpayers cannot afford to reward human rights violators with monthly salaries,” he stated.

He also demanded government to enforce the temporal closure of the Anti Crime Unit (ACU) whose members were pictured in plain clothes, masks, armed with AK47s and other weapons pending appropriate reforms.

He also demanded government to collaborate with Civil Society to immediately implement meaningful security sector reforms to restore confidence in the security sector.

Mr. Cham further urged government to commission an independent investigation panel filled with skilled investigators and to prosecute all security personnel involved in the ‘ill-treatment’ of Kebba Secka and Ousman Darboe for failing to avert their untimely death.

Cham who is widely known as Killa Ace also demanded government to warn all security personnel to identify themselves before effecting arrests, saying arresting civilians without identification is a practice which must stop immediately.

“Security personnel must stop from unlawful arrests, torture and brutal treatment of people,” he went on.

“Caution all security personnel to follow due process and to respect detainee rights such as providing them with legal representation, informing family members and loved ones of the arrest and desist from detaining people beyond the 72 hours period,” he further challenged government.  

The musician also demanded government to repeal all sections of the Public Order act that infringe people’s rights to protest as detailed in Amnesty International’s demands.

He further demanded government to implement the NDP objective for decentralisation and for local governments to be more transparent and accountable to their electorates. 

In conclusion, he urged the government to collaborate with more proactive National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence and National Security to implement urgent changes that will protect lives of people in The Gambia.

Author: Cherno Omar Bobb