The flaws in the handling of the TRCC, as outlined in the series of writings of a Mr Omar Janneh, have been given plenty of exposure in the local printed and on-line press recently.
Just why his opinion merits so much exposure is a mystery and a topic for analysis in itself. In Mr. Janneh’s opinion, the TRRC Act itself is flawed, the President should have no role in the TRRC so he is conflicted as is everyone else down the line, the Executive Secretary is conflicted so his selections for staff are conflicted, a crucial one being the Director of Research and Investigations.
The TRRC has no lawyers nor judges, at least one of the 11 Commissioners recently announced should be disqualified (so far), the time period given for submitting objections to the Commission members is too short, the timing of the TRRC is premature, Gambians do not have the capacity conduct a successful TRRC and on and on. That is plenty of issues!
Fortunately, Mr Janneh, the self-appointed spokesperson for ‘fair minded individuals, regional partners, AU, UN and donors’ has not been given a role in the TRRC – it would be stalled by his hand wringing.
The only complaint having any substance Mr. Janneh has been able to muster is that the appointed Director of Research and
Investigations Unit, Mr. Alhagie Barrow, is a convicted felon (in the USA) and a participant in the ‘unconstitutional’ attempted
overthrow of the Govt of T.G. (e.g. the Jammeh regime).
He is not just ‘conflicted’ but also ineligible for any role in the TRRC. But I don’t see Mr Barrow listed as one of the 11 Commissioners, so I am confused about why the requirements for Commissioners
listed in the TRRC Act should also apply to him.
Mr. Janneh says overthrowing a regime is ‘unconstitutional’. A constitution is a document created by people, and corrupted by people. It is not like some sacred golden idol dropped from the heavens that citizens are compelled to kneel before in unquestioning devotion.
Yahya Jammeh didn’t think that way
either. The 30th Dec ‘terrorist coup attackers’ (to use Jammeh’s term) were trying to rid the country of a dictator who scoffed at
the Gambian Constitution. The reality is Gambia’s Constitution was pushed aside and replaced by Jammeh’s own version of it.
Mr. Barrow and his accomplices in ‘unconstitutionality’ were not out to rid Gambia of it’s Constitution, but rather restore it. Look, if someone is raping your Mother, will you just stand there agonizing over the legalities of how to get your Mother back on
her feet? Will you wait for an election to force the rapist to withdraw? Apparently not Mr. Barrow and his comrades.
I consider the 30th Dec ‘terrorist coup attackers’ patriots and heroes. From what I’ve read about Mr. Barrow’s background, he is an ideal selection for the role.
Mr. Janneh goes on to fault the selection of the 11 Commissioners because it does not include any judicial types, learned academic
types nor any ‘high profile’ expert types like himself, perhaps.
Well, omitting these types is intentional. If I understand Executive Secretary Jallow’s strategy correctly, this TRRC intends to do things differently than other Commissions that didn’t do so well reaching their ultimate objective – nuturing the ‘never again’ mindset in the citizenry. Mr. Jallow has explained their strategy is to be more ‘inclusive’, meaning the
general public is to have a greater role in this TRRC.
Let the victims tell their stories in their own way, free from the mind numbing legal rules and procedures – save all that for later in
court if needed. Let Gambian citizens hear the stories.
Hopefully the Truth will encourage many Gambians to shake the unfortunate habit of letting a dictator do their thinking for them.
I must add that the handling of the creation of the TRRC, publicizing its mission, and the process of recruiting then selecting it’s 11 Commissioners and support staff, in my opinion,has been a well thought out, thorough, professional job well done
During my eleven years residing in T.G. I have never witnessed any program that has been as open, public and encouraging of public participation as the TRRC.
The TRRC’s objectives and recruitment drive have been widely advertised in the local printed press since May, 2018 and TRRC missionaries have been dispatched to the provinces to educate citizens. They’ve realized that the internet, with its high cost, limited coverage and snail like speed – is not a good tool for reaching the average Gambian citizen.
Let the TRRC move forward and do its
good work. Over and out.
(Elementary School diploma, HS Diploma, BS University of Illinois, MBA University of Chicago, no PhD yet but still called ‘Professor’)