EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Gambia’s National Assembly Tuesday morning Summoned the country’s Vice President Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajang and Interior Minister Ebrima Mballow for questioning over the recent clash between the people of Faraba Banta and the Police that led to the death of two people with several others sustaining injuries.
Security heads were also present at the Assembly building in Banjul but the media was bared from entering and to cover the proceeding. The engagement was expected to last until mid day but had gone beyond that.
The community of Faraba Monday clashed with the Police in protest against the presence of a construction company in the village called Julakay, who claimed it was issued licence to mine sand there. Two men were killed in the incident and several others injured.
First thing in the morning on Tuesday, President Adama Barrow visited the hospitalised victims at the country’s major teaching hospital in the Capital, Banjul where he condemned the killing, saying it is against everything that “we” fought for, as a nation.
The Monday incident sparked a wave of panic in the country which show a colossal destruction of properties following the residents demand for explaination on how the construction company 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. “I assure that such will never be repeated under my watch.”
Earlier on Tuesday morning, Junior Police Intervention (PIU) Officers who were deployed to the scene said they were disappointed in their commanders who ordered them to fire live bullets and now running away from the responsibility.
It is not yet confirmed who ordered the firing on civilians but the presidency announced on Monday that investigation has begun to gather facts about what led to the clashes and who authorized the shooting.