EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Opposition Alliance for Patriotic, Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) party has asked President Adama Barrow government to rescind its decision in its white paper report approving several recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry to place punishment on former president Yahya Jammeh and several of his inner circle.
During a press conference in Tallinding on Wednesday, party leader Fabakary Tombong Jatta said the government’s decision against former president Jammeh and others was a selective justice based on witch-hunt and discrimination.
Some two weeks ago, the government released its white paper report that it prepared from the Commission of Inquiry report, in which it approved the Commission’s recommendation to ban Mr Jammeh, his vice president Dr Isatou Njie-Saidy, presidential affairs minister Momodou Sabally and many others from holding public offices for the rest of their lives.
It also placed a lien on the properties of fourteen of former President Yahya Jammeh’s close associates and institutions.
In July 2017, President Adama Barrow instituted the Commission of Inquiry to probe into the activities of individuals and institutions in connection to their financial dealings with the exiled former president Yahya Jammeh.
Mr Jatta said the setting up of the Commission of Inquiry and other Commissions was a target to taunt Mr Jammeh’s image, saying his cattle, vehicles and other properties were sold just at the beginning of the Commission.
He said some of the senior members of the current government and the coalition are said to have bought some of Mr Jammeh’s properties. “We must be aware that there is no perfect government anywhere in the world,” Mr Jatta said.
He said the Commission and government decision to sell Mr Jammeh’s properties just at the beginning of the Commission implies that those properties were illegally gotten.