With ‘constitutional immunity,’ Touray disregards legitimacy of TRRC

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Ex-junta member and onetime minister of Local Government and Lands of the APRC, Yankuba Touray, yesterday refused to testify before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) chaired by Dr. Lamin J. Sise.

Mr. Touray told the Commission that he did not recognise the legitimacy of the TRRC due to his constitutional immunity, adding that the constitution is the supreme law of The Gambia.

Mr. Touray first appeared but refused to take the Holy Qur’an for swearing, saying he had something to say. He was asked to take oath or swear first before making any statement, but he walked out of the conference hall and went to the witness room.

The lead Counsel, Ensa M. Faal then craved the indulgence of the Commission to give Mr. Touray another opportunity to come back and testify to which he finally agreed.

He replied in the affirmative when asked whether he was prepared to testify. He was later given the Holy Qur’an and he swore on it.

The witness told the Commission that he was born on 9 June, 1966 and he joined the Gambia National Army in 1986.

When Touray was asked whether he was aware of any problem at the Gambia National Army in 1994, he replied that he was neither answering nor giving any testimony touching on 1994, adding that he invoked the immunity powers accorded to the AFPRC (junta) members under the 1997 Constitution.

Yankuba Touray got up and left the conference hall and went into the witness room where he was later led outside and escorted to a waiting car and ferried to Kairaba Police Station. 

Author: Bruce Asemota
Source: Picture: Yankuba Touray