EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Edward Singhateh felt the ‘hot seat’ at the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) for being confronted with the ‘murder’ of Koro Ceesay, Finance Minister for the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council (AFPRC).
The commission has in record that Singhateh was envious of the late Finance Minister owing to his close relationship with former president Jammeh. Testimonies had it that Yankuba Touray hosted the murder in which among others Edward Singhateh, and his brother, Peter Singhateh and Alhagie Kanyi took active roles about one year after the overthrow of the constitutionally placed government of late president, Dawda Jawara.
Edward, however, dispelled the suggestion, saying he was offered the position Koro held but he turned it down.
He suggested before the commission on Monday that the exiled former president was capable of dealing with those within his circle of trustees. “He [Jammeh] has proven time and time that he has no friend; he has no adviser. Everyone who thinks that you are close to Jammeh, had paid the price.”
In response to whether he led soldiers to the operation leading to the murder of Ceesay, Edward exclaimed that he was not present at the house, where the crime was committed.
“About the evidence that are already before the commission, that is up to the commission to decide. I don’t know what you are trying to achieve by asking me whether the evidence before the commission is consistent. The only thing I can do is to tell you my side of the story”, he replied.
The former junta vice chairman argued that there was a major flaw in the investigation in the side of the commission for not finding out what relationship had he with Alhagie Kanyi, one of those who admitted to participating together with Edward in the killing of Koro Ceesay.
“You see, before 1994, the only relationship I had with Alhagie Kanyi was, good morning sir, good afternoon sir; good morning, good afternoon. We greet and we pass. Now, For somebody you barely know and then you suspect of him plotting to kill you [as in the November coup plot], how can you trust such a person and go and collect him and commit a capital offence”, he questioned.
In addition to his denial to the killing of Ceesay, Singhateh rejected all testimonies alleging that he tortured OJ Jallow, Ebrima Chongan, involvement in the killing at Fajara Barracks, shooting of Bakary Camara, EM Ceesay, Shooting on Alhagie Kebbeh, or approving the killing of detainees.