(JollofNews) – The Government of the Gambia will set up a commission to investigate last Friday’s clash in Kanilai between residents of Foni and officers of the Senegal led military intervention force in the Gambia (Ecomig).
This was revealed to JollofNews by Demba Jawo, Information, Communication and Technology minister.
According to Mr Jawo, the commission will look at a number of issues including the circumstances of the death of Haruna Jatta as well as the circumstances that led to the demonstration.
Jatta, 54, was killed and six others were injured when soldiers barricaded the road and fired what is believed to be live ammunition at the protesters who were demanding an end to the militarisation of their community.
Mr Jawo said the government is determined to get to the root of the matter in order to help prevent a similar situation from happening in future.
Opposition parties have criticised the shooting of the protesters which they described as an unnecessary show of force by the soldiers.
But Interior minister Mai Ahmad Fatty has accused the protesters some of whom he said were from Casamance of taking traditional weapons to the demonstration and engaging in provocative acts against members of the security forces.
However, both the demonstrators and independent witnesses have denied the allegation, describing it as completely unfounded.
13 protesters who were arrested by police have already been charged with unlawful assembly, incitement of violence, riot and conspiracy to commit misdemeanor. They were each given a D500,000 court bail by Magistrate Cham of the Brikama court.