K. East youth condemns Faraba killings, demands for immediate action

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EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Kombo East Youth and Children Development Alliance (KEYCDA); a youth and child-led empowerment alliance of all the thirty-three communities in Kombo East District says they have condemned the killing of three citizens of Faraba Banta by personnel of the Police Intervention Unit (PIU) during a Monday clash over a sand mining site.

They also demand from the government to take immediate action on the matter and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Monday incident sparked a wave of panic in the country which shows a colossal destruction of properties following the residents demand for explanation on how a construction company called Julakay constriction acquired licence to conduct sand mining in their community.

President Barrow also promised that his government would apply the full force of the law to ensure justice and accountability and assured that such will never be repeated under his watch.

“We condemned the killing in totality and task the government to take action on the matter to bring the perpetrators to justice,” the Alliance’s board chairman Omar Bah said on Tuesday.

He said the government must take drastic action to ensure that such irresponsible act does not repeat again. He said energetic and innocent youth at their prime age lost their lives from the incident. “This is a reminder to all community leaders that they must start to listen to the opinion of young people now,” Mr. Bah said.

Mr. Bah appealed to elders of the district’s communities to start trusting young people and be involving them in community development activities to avoid such confrontation. He said young people must be seen as partners in development and not detractors.

He said the entire youth fraternity of the district remains in solidarity with the community and young people of Faraba and sympathizes with the families of those killed in the incident. “We, as a district and as people will continue to advocate for justice to be served for the people of Faraba.”

Preliminary findings indicate that Bakary Kujabi and Ismaila Bah were earlier killed by PIU personnel on Monday and a third person identified as Amadou Jawo who was also shot died early Wednesday morning. Several others people, including PIU officers sustained injuries in the mishap.

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