Jul 6, 2020, 12:39 PM
The Ministry of Health on Friday confirmed two new coronavirus cases, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 57 in The Gambia.
The Commission will pick up from where it stopped, with witnesses expected to testify on road attacks by Jammeh’s motorcade and conditions at Gambia’s prisons.
In light of the current State of Emergency and Covid-19 rules and regulations, seating arrangements for Commissioners and staff at the hearing hall will be reconfigured to accommodate social distancing and other precautionary measures. It is also anticipated that only a few family members or close relatives of witnesses will be allowed in the hall, in addition to essential TRRC support staff including interpreters, sound engineers, psychosocial and medical support workers, security officers and media personnel. While all media houses will still be able to cover the proceedings, measures will be put in place to ensure that social distancing and other Covid-19 rules are observed.
Arrangements will be made by the Secretariat’s Human Resources department to see how best all units of the Commission will operate full time while observing Covid-19 precautions. Unit heads will be advised to prepare rosters by which only a certain number of staff will be present at the office on any particular day while other staff will continue working from home.
The resumption of public hearings on June 8 is in accordance with the Commission’s schedule and work plan for 2020. It would also mean that the Commission will have lost only two weeks of hearings. In that case, public hearings will be projected to end during the last, rather than the first week of November 2020 as initially planned.
The TRRC suspended public hearings and face to face outreach activities on March 18 following the Gambia’s government’s announcement of an initial three-week suspension of public gatherings in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The end of that initial three-week period coincided with the beginning of the Commission’s Ramadan break. The Secretariat however remained partially open as staff came in as they could but mainly worked from home. The Research and Investigations, Victim Support, Finance, and Human Resources units continued their work without much interruption, while other units scaled down operations.
The UK and Switzerland today called for greater global collaboration to make sure diaspora communities around the world can continue to send financial support to their families in developing countries.
Washington, June 29, 2020 – The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved today a $43 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA)* for The Gambia’s Electricity Restoration and Modernisation Project (GERMP).
The Gambia government and Tarek Musa have reached an agreement in respect to the adverse findings of the Janneh Commission against Tarek Musa.
Three Malians and a Senegalese national were on the 15th June, 2020, paraded before Principal Magistrate Isatou Janneh-Njie of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing gold, diamond and other items.