EYEAFRICA TV: Kotu, THE GAMBIA:- The chairman of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), Dr. Lamin J. Sise said testimonies heard from 392 witnesses during 871 days of public hearings brought “pain and bewilderment” to Gambians.
“During the 871 days, The Gambia and indeed the world heard from 392 witnesses, the majority of whom were victims of atrocities meted out to innocent civilians by the State, its agents or individuals sponsored by both,” said the TRRC chair, while giving his closing remarks on Friday.
The truth commission has successfully ended its public hearings of testimonies of the victims and self-confessed perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses that occurred during Jammeh’s 22-year rule.
According to Dr. Ceesay, Gambians could not believe that the atrocities they were hearing from witnesses could occur in their country.
“They could not believe that innocent and ordinary citizens and other nationals found in the territorial jurisdiction of The Gambia, many murdered in cold blood, would be victims of the atrocities narrated,” he said.
To him, the atrocities committed by Jammeh and his cohorts have achieved the desired effect of instilling fear among the Gambian population.
It also gave them time and space to pillage the resources of the country, he added.
“Our collective effort to build a new and better Gambia must not and I earnestly believe will not be squandered,” he said, emphasizing that Gambians must confront recent difficult history in order to establish a new governance and sustainable structure to move the country forward to take its rightful place among developed societies.