‘I take no responsibility for the actions of the junta’

May 3, 2021, 10:53 AM | Article By: Sankulleh Gibril Janko

Former acting attorney general and solicitor general under Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council (AFPRC), Amie Bensouda, vehemently denied aiding and abetting the military junta, saying she takes no responsibility for the decrees used during the transition government nor does she take responsibility for the actions of the military.

The former Solicitor General while testifying before the TRRC on Tuesday states: "I take no responsibility for the actions of the military. And I take no responsibility of the decrees, I take no responsibility."

She claimed the military were doing whatever they deemed fit, adding "decree or no decree they would do what they wanted."

She claimed the military laws at the time were drafted and enforced by the junta members.

"It was created by them, it was enforced by them, it was amended by them when they saw it fit. In fact even where the decree said they could not do something, it did not prevent them from doing it because they have the power to do it."

Although she denied drafting the decrees, the renowned lawyer said decrees did not validate anything done by the military council, saying they did not need validation.

"Decrees provide a framework for them to operate in which they operated."

She was quizzed on why she would taint her hands in assisting the junta to draft the decrees knowing fully they may disregard it.

Bensouda responded saying, "I do not consider my hands to be dirty, I do not certainly consider my hands to be tainted."

She added the military did not need the decree as they were already in charge.

She emphasized that it was the situation that needed a decree to serve as a framework but not the junta.

She said people had a wrong impression about the junta members by thinking they were mediocre, adding that they had done their homework, they knew military rulers used decrees to rule.

She said the military junta would have eventually got someone else to draft a decree with or without her.

She in fact claimed some of them who helped to stabilise the situation deserved much more.

"For those of us who tried to stabilise the situation, I think we in fact are entitled to commendation, I feel neither tainted, by what happened nor the role I played and whatever I did was entirely consistent in my duty to the country and my duty as solicitor general and acting attorney general."

It is a general belief that the decrees were drafted to suit former leader Captain Yahya Jammeh and his fellow junta members.

Read Other Articles In Headlines
Fabakary Tombong Jatta v2
APRC admits Barrow talks on frozen assets
Nov 30, 2020, 10:23 AM

The secretary general and leader for Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) has denied allegations that the party executives have entered a dialogue with National People’s Party (NPP) to form a coalition, arguing that talks were merely based on recovering the party’s frozen bank accounts and vehicles.

Modou Njai
Covid-19 update Gambia confirms 2nd covid-19 death
Jun 22, 2020, 12:50 PM

The Gambia has registered the second death of covid-19, the director of Health Promotion and Education, Momadou Njai, confirmed to The Point.

UNFCCC makes new organisational structure
Apr 7, 2020, 1:04 PM

Effective on Wednesday 1 April 2020, the UN Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat is operating according to a new structure, as part of an organisational change initiative to overhaul the secretariat as the UN lead entity supporting the intergovernmental Climate Change process and to mobilise Climate Action towards  global transformation to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement in an effective, efficient manner.

‘President Barrow is not missing’
Aug 12, 2020, 11:43 AM

The minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure, Ebrahim Sillah, says President Adama Barrow ‘is not missing’ in reference to why the Gambian leader has not been seen to be taking the leadership responsibility in the fight against Covid-19 as expected by many.