EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: The public hearing aspect of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission will come to an end in seven months’ time, the commission’s chairperson has announced on Monday.
Dr Lamin J Cessay said based on the TRRC work plan, end of hearings in October will take the commission to preparation of the final report that is expected to sum up all the crimes committed during the Jammeh administration and recommendation for the cause of justice.
“The evidence adduced before the Commission during the above-mentioned public hearings shows gross human rights violations against the Gambian people. During the last session, we also heard the gruesome accounts of the decapitation and dismemberment of the bodies of detainees to be fed to crocodiles at Jammeh’s residence in Kanilai.”
He made this disclosure during the opening of the 13th session of public hearing whose first two weeks will focus on evidence of unlawful attacks against road users by former President Jammeh’s convoys.
The session will also feature institutional hearing on the prison system and the violation of the rights of the inmates and detainees.
The Chairman Ceesay announced TRRC’s commitment to complete its mandate in the search for justice.
“As we journey further into this second and final year of our mandate, this Commission remains firmly committed to the pursuit of the truth without fear or favor, affection or ill will with regards to any individual or group of individuals.”
Hearings from the TRRC has repeatedly shocked the conscience of the nation by the revelations of brutality meted out on victims.
Revelations have also sparked national conversation and soul-searching that seeks to understand just how these heinous crimes could happen in this country.