EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Family of slain late Finance Minister of the 1994 coup government of the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council (AFPRC) said the killers of Ousman Koro Ceesay tried to eliminate him and instead they amplified his message.
Mr Ceesay was allegedly ‘murdered’ on the orders from the council which he diligently served for about one year. But the former Vice Chairman of the AFPRC, Edward Singhateh, who testified before the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), dissociated himself from any responsibility in the death of Mr Ceesay. He in fact suggested that the late cabinet member might have been killed by rebels.
Dr Naffie Ceesay, sister to late Koro Ceesay said during a press conference on Thursday that her family was not surprised but it would have been great for somebody to come out and tell the truth, noting that “before we heal, we need to know the truth.”
“For somebody who is unremorseful psychopath to insinuate that Koro was probably involved in with the rebels or was probably killed by the rebels, I would say that, that’s a new law. It’s a new law, but then, again, this is a guy who does not has a mural compass. So, his law is a bottomless pit.”
However, she said the Ceesay Kunda family has taken the path of forgiveness long time ago, for it is not what one has to do only after superficial apology.
“We have heard a lot about forgiveness during these hearings. Forgiveness is not for the villain/perpetrator; it is the victim’s way of taking back their power and strength.
Forgiveness is not a line you cross after hearing a superficial or pathetic apology, it’s a path you take. And our family took that path a long time ago independent of our brother’s killers. They do not get to dictate when we heal. They tried to eliminate him and instead they amplified his message.”
She announced that family has established a humanitarian foundation to remember the way he lived and not the way he died.