Aug 13, 2020, 11:20 AM
Further emphasising such fears, in a message seen by this correspondent, human rights advocates in Europe equally expressed similar ‘‘mistrust of the former dictator’s return.’’ They acknowledged that Essa Faal and his team are doing an excellent job and following the revelations at the TRRC, many are ‘‘shocked and traumatised over what happened in The Gambia’’.
Thus, relying on international jurisprudence, they intend to sue the former dictator and his cohorts as a ‘‘deterrent against gross human rights violation’’ rather than encouraging an ‘‘irrational comeback.’’
A senior European official who was among those who pursued financial and political support for Banjul widely covered by The Point said: ‘‘We are aware of the alleged tactics and destabilising plans of the former Gambian dictator to return through secret and clandestine negotiations…it would be disastrous.’’
Further expressing disapproval over such moves, the official added: ‘‘Those taking part in the mischievous arrangement for his comeback will shun the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Right also known as the Banjul Charter…there is no doubt that they will let-down the nation, future generation as well as partners and allies.’’
The Banjul Charter is an international human rights instrument that is intended to promote and protect human rights and basic freedoms in the African continent and thus legally binding by the signatories.
The French media also suggested that even President Alpha Conde of Guinea, a personal friend of Jammeh who ‘‘protected his pal until the last minute of his departure'' now has a second thought,
83-year-old Conde had earlier claimed that the Gambian dictator deserved his support because he was a ‘‘former President of an African country but changed his mind following gruesome revelations.’’
Interestingly, Conde made a U-turn (turn-about) insisting that ‘‘Africa is no longer a Trade Union of Head of States protecting each other anyhow…’’
Notwithstanding, the official who supported the country on high level cooperation also said that he and many others are ‘‘extremely disappointed that some people should even envisage taking part in such a backroom deal…while people are still grieving the unbelievable extent of human rights violations against Gambians and non Gambians.’’
However, the official could not confirm if further action is considered for those reportedly involved in the arrangement in favour of the former dictator, but emphasised that the current Gambian government is ‘‘legally obliged to protect the rights and freedoms of its citizens.''
Thus, he stressed further: ''We trust that chaos, lawlessness and division will not be allowed to recur in The Gambia…Our concerns will be communicated accordingly’’.
The Point was also able to uncover that Yahya Jammeh’s return was ‘‘vigorously opposed’’ by the UN, AU and ECOWAS and that two un-named ECOWAS countries who are also active in its current peace keeping mission recently protested against any deal.
Leaders of the two countries reportedly objected that ‘‘for the sake of sub regional stability, insecurity and brutality cannot be brushed under the carpet in the name of national reconciliation…’’.
Paramount Chief of The Gambia Momodou Bojang, who doubles as the head chief of Kombo North District has called on the Yoruba Community in the country to cherish and respect the rich Yoruba traditions and cultures.
The Honourable Minister on Wednesday evening signed an exchange note of medical supplies donated to the Government of The Gambia.
Adhering to The Gambia National Development Plan (NDP) to promote cultural heritages, the National Centre for Arts and Culture under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture has disclosed its intention to develop the long abandoned Mungo Park Memorial Park in Karantaba and its earmarked environment.