May 21, 2021, 12:07 PM
Emmanuel Daniel Joof, chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) yesterday appeared before the TRRC, giving accounts of his role during former President Yahya Jammeh’s 22 years rule.
In an exclusive interview with West Coast Radio, the APRC interim leader said the Gambia Senegal relationship is benefitting only President Adama Barrow, a comment that also surprised the information minister.
“To say that our relationship with Senegal was based on the benefits of only President Barrow, that we have lost our sovereignty and that at some point if this government is not careful people may resort to using guerilla warfare to regain our sovereignty back. I think that is quite unfortunate of a political leader in this country,” the Information Minister said.
Sillah went on to talk about the unique and cultural ties Gambia and Senegal share.
“Senegal and the Gambia are one, these are people of the same origin and if you think of the efforts that are being made now by the African Union to integrate Africa, really to talk about these imaginary borders to the extent that some of them may think about it, things that are outside the Constitutional arrangement, I think that is quite unfortunate,” he emphasised.
“Nobody can separate the Gambia and Senegal, you know we are one people of two different dialects; I mean French and English that separated us.
“There is no Gambian in this country who can say that he does not have a sister or a brother or an uncle or an aunt or a grandparent from Senegal likewise Senegalese.
“So I don’t know why all this antagonism, the Senegalese troops that he talked about are here because of the sub-regional arrangement and so long that arrangement is in place they are legitimately placed here.”
He urged better and more encouragement between the sister countries that may yield fruition.
Defence Counsel Kijera, representing Musa Yalli Batchilly, who was charged with fraud and obtaining money by false pretence, yesterday informed the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court before Principal Magistrate Isatou Janneh-Njie that he has filed a motion against a judgment which was supposed to be delivered yesterday. He said that he has appealed at the High Court for a stay of proceedings.
Tida Jaiteh, a wife to late Baba Jobe, a former closed ally to former president Yahya Jammeh, yesterday testified before the TRRC, giving accounts of how Baba was imprisoned and killed through executive orders.
The State Intelligence Service (SIS) has opened to partner with The Gambia Centre for Victims’ of Human Rights Violation with a view to fostering reconciliation and closure.