EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: An association of Gambians in Norway has donated 100, 000 to the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) reparations trust fund, which was created by the TRRC Act to award reparations to victims of human right violation under former President Yahya Jammeh’s regime.
The fund came barely two months after the government’s first contribution of 50 million Dalasi to the Trust Fund. The government’s contribution is said to have been realised from the sale of Mr Jammeh’s assets by the Commission of Inquiry that was instituted by President Adama Barrow in 2017, to probe into financial activities of individuals and institutions in connection to their dealings with Mr Jammeh
At the presentation of the government’s contribution at the Justice Minister of October 8, Justice Minister Abubacarr M Tambedou said government has decided that former President Yahya Jammeh will have to pay from his pocket, the ‘wrong’ doing of human sufferings his regime unleashed on some hundreds of people during his 22-year rule.
The Gambian-Norway Association said their part of t contribution came from a fund raiser they organised as part of the TRRC outreach to the Gambians in the diaspora.
Sheikh Tijan Nyang and Mam Sait Njie presented the cheque to the Commission on behalf of the Association in which Mr Nyang thanked the Commission for what he called the “good job” they are doing. He said the commission has revealed a lot to Gambians and to the world on the human right violations meted out to many Gambians during Mr Jammeh’s administration.
Pursuant to Section 13 and 20 of the TRRC Act, one of the key mandates, and a peculiar feature of truth commission process is the granting of reparations to victims by the TRRC itself.
“Lot of things have been said and truth also has been told but garbage was said too. It’s now up to the Commission to determine who have told the truth or not in recommendation for justice to prevail,” Mr Nyang said.
The Commission’s vice chairperson Adelet Sosseh thanked the Association, saying that their diaspora outreach engagements had a clear objective as per the Commission’s mandate to get information from Gambians living in abroad, including victims and witnesses.
She said Gambians in the diaspora have been committed in supporting victims of the Jammeh regime, despite government’s commitment to pay reparations. ”Norway was our last destination during the Europe engagements, and Gambian Association there promised to send their contribution after they raise a good amount to support the victims.”
The truth seeking commission was established in 2017 by President Adama Barrow to probe into atrocities and alleged human right violations committed under former president Yahya Jammeh’s rule.