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In the wake of close to 36 million people infected with the deadly coronavirus, killing over 1 million worldwide with the numbers still rising to a ratio of one in every ten human beings now exposed, coupled with its unimaginable devastation to the global economy plus more fallouts, the poor Gambia is casting all the importance aside next Monday to restart its politically-motivated reality show known as the TRRC.
Is it not repulsive to be committing much needed resources and time to unfairly investigate the former government’s alleged excesses for 22 years in the middle of a world pandemic currently wrecking more havoc in nations including ours, last experienced over 100 years ago? Genuine people concerned with human lives and rights now view the boundless number of deaths in the world within less than a year more worrying than a dumb TRRC in failing Gambia. This is a killer virus associated with the recklessness of the Chinese government and exacerbated by stupid political leaders fixated with only the need to remain in power.
American president Donald Trump, typically among the category of world leaders missing this state of emergency, has been accused of causing the deaths of an avoidable 40,000 to 50,000 out of the 200,000 plus people so far killed by the virus in the USA. Shouldn’t that warrant a TRRC? Of course not, because governments alone enjoy the latitude of making fatally flawed policies, deliberate or otherwise and getting away with it. Thanks to his politicization of the disease and his obsession to be reelected. Trump as president, has since the outbreak of COVID-19 helped in transforming the image of everything that was admirable about US leadership to a totally new paradigm.
Coming back home however, the Gambia since COVID, is said to be enduring an untold number of deaths on daily basis, major government programs falling apart, the poor health sector worse than ever before, youth unemployment exceeding 40%, poverty and hunger increasing exponentially and worst of all, internal security deteriorating abysmally; yet still, next week Monday, all that calamity will not matter to a bunch of shortsighted witch-hunters in a reality-show trying to prove to the world that the Gambia’s greatest concern is about a Jola APRC government that was ousted four years ago led by a Jola president called Yahya Jammeh who for 22 years allegedly abused the lives of Gambians and ended up killing or maiming about 100 people. It is likely that the coronavirus in the country is killing now killing over 100 people a month. However among the dead on Jammeh’s watch, none should be blamed on attempting to kill him or overthrow his government and in the process lost their lives.
The TRRC with the help of zealous bigots fallaciously make it all about a Jola leader, from a Jola political party running a Jola government that should as a result disqualify every Gambian Jola from ever having a say in any future government-policy making.
Sana Sabally appeared and confessed to summarily executing several Gambian soldiers and admitting to violating the Gambian constitution by organizing a coup against the democratically elected PPP government but was in the end celebrated a hero, tears shedded for his romanticized tribulations and allowed to go and enjoy a free life. Why? Because he is not a Jola. Likewise Edward Singhateh accused by several witnesses and victims for torturing and killing helpless Gambians who also violated the constitution by overthrowing the same government eventually went home free and even got an apology for being asked the normal tough questions asked to Jola witnesses. Great job Essa Faal. Yes, Edward is not a Jola.
Alagie Kanyi, another psychopath confessing to the cold-blooded murder of the late Koro Cessay was allowed to continue living unpunished because…..he is not a Jola.
Jammeh has not yet appeared before the commission but already been found guilty since the former Justice Minister, Baa Tambadou said that Jail alone awaits his arrival, the moment he returns to the country from exile which will further divide an already divided nation rather than reconcile the growing political and ethnic dichotomy.
Named the Truth Reconciliation and Reparation Commission (TRRC) that by all indications proves prejudicial about the truth, dividing rather than reconciling us and enriching few avaricious arbiters instead of significantly repairing any damages to so-called victims , I think the whole exercise, if not aborted our of shame or conscience, should better be renamed the JJAC: the Jammeh-Jola and APRC Commission.
The Janneh Commission, Constitutional Review Commission, Security Sector Reform Commission and all such disgraceful councils aimed at denigrating the APRC, Jammeh and the Jolas have so far failed woefully. So what makes the Barrow government think that the TRRC will be any different?
As a matter of fact President Barrow should have by now realized how all the failed commissions were tailored to undermine him and his aspirations to lead the nation for the next “prophesied fifteen years”, including the TRRC.
I wonder what he had made of the humiliation when Essa Faal, lead council of the TRRC once brought that female witness to explain to the world how cowardly he was during the late Solo Sandeng demonstration when he (Barrow) upon hearing about the security forces looking for UDP militants ran into hiding when everybody else was confronting them?
That to me was a portrayal of the president as both a coward and a weak leader during political crisis.
So I expect the beginning of the final assault on Jammeh, the Jolas and the APRC to start next week, the last try and possibly the successful one to finally drive a huge wedge between the APRC and his NPP. How Barrow will after that achieve his political ambition without an NPP-APRC merger beats my wildest imagination.
The deadly pandemic coupled with an effective smear campaign by the TRRC against the Jolas, Jammeh and the APRC government in another month or two will obviously drive the final nail in the coffin of Barrow’s political ambition. Abort the TRRC Mr. President to at least save your pride and dignity.
Thanks for reading!
BANJUL, THE GAMBIA.