EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: An alleged victim of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s regime have sworn to attack Mr Jammeh anytime he returns to the country from Equatorial Guinea, where he has been in exile since he lost the 2016 election.
Kafu Bayo alleged that he was captured alongside the United Democratic Party (UDP) youth leader Solo Sandeng by Mr Jammeh’s agents who hit him with a hammer on his mouth until he lost three of his lower teeth. Mr Sandeng later died in custody after he was subjected to torture and inhumane treatment by Mr Jammeh’s most feared kill-squad.
During a press conference organised by Gambia Center for Victims of Human Right Violations on Monday, Mr Bayo said they, as victims may be weak but swore that if Yahya Jammeh comes back they will physically attack him.
Former President Jammeh ruled the West African nation for 22 years under harsh conditions of human right violation. He is accused of gross killing of civilians and security officers, attack on the opposition and the media and corruption.
In July, 2017, President Adama Barrow’s government constituted a Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) to investigate the human right violations committed during Mr Jammeh’s 22-year leadership.
At the emotional gathering, an elderly woman Isatou Dampha, also alleged that her husband was poisoned when he was jailed at the state central prison at mile 2 for opposing Mr Jammeh.
“We don’t want Jammeh here. He is a man who killed our husbands and our sons so he does not deserve to come back. We have been suffering for long and we need peace now,” another alleged victim shouted.
Aisha Jammeh, an executive member of the victims center assure Gambians that they will continue to work with all relevant partners to facilitate justice for victims through national, regional and international mechanisms.
The center’s national coordinator, Adama Jallow reminded Gambians of the hardship that they went through under a 22-year dictatorship during which Gambians and non-Gambians were tortured, raped, killed and victimized.
Last week, the victims center said in a statement that if former president Jammeh is authorized to return to The Gambia without being arrested, charged and prosecuted for his crimes or transferred to another state for him to face justice, it would be a failure on the part of the Government of The Gambia to uphold its duty to the people of Gambia.
National coordinator Jallow said they will be conducting a peaceful protest this Saturday, from the Westfield Monument to Buffer Zone to demand for the arrest and charge of Mr Jammeh anytime he returns to the country.
Story written by Binta Badjie