Following two years of public hearings and heart-rendering testimonies at the Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commissions (TRRC) Gambian Civil Society Organizations (CSO) have urged the government to act on the recommendations that will be submitted by the TRRC on the 12th of July.
Speaking at the press conference, John Charles Njie of TANGO said they have keenly followed those hearings and “we are of the view that the testimonies delivered provide huge resources for the country to better understand ourselves and therefore how to remake this society into a democratic dispensation in which justice, equality and freedom will prevail as the foundation for national development”.
He stated that when the TRRC submits its final report including its recommendations to the president, it is the government that bears the primary responsibility to implement the recommendations contained in them, adding that as civil society, it is the role of civil society organisations to support the government to effectively and efficiently implement those recommendations within the shortest possible time.
Njie further added that the implementation of the recommendations is an urgent national issue necessary to not only ensure justice and accountability; but also, to help the country reconcile, unify and move together towards the common goal.
“We are aware that indeed the implementation of these recommendations will require tough decisions”, he said, explaining however that The Gambia has to make that courageous decision.
“We strongly hold that if we wish to help ourselves to overcome the simmering waters of turmoil that are currently seeking to divide the country and bring it to a chaotic state, it is necessary that these recommendations are implemented in a matter that is inclusive, consultative and transparent”.
He also emphasized that the recommendations are not intended to divide, revenge, witch-hunt or cause chaos, urging all civil society and Gambians to be prepared to recognize and accept the truth and prepared to help correct the mistakes of the past.
Mr Njie urged President Adama Barrow to act with the urgency it deserves and without delay to putting in place, a “robust mechanism for the implementation of the recommendations”.
Omar Badjie said the Gambia government has invested in the process; therefore, it should not fail to implement the recommendations and bring the country to a proper closure. “If not, that will be a tragedy”.
He stressed the importance of the government’s swift implementation of those recommendations to serve as a message to the wider world particularly that what happened in the past will not happen again.
Madi Jobarteh also disclosed that CSOs in the country have developed a comprehensive roadmap to make civil society a lead and central player by offering all support to the government and society as a whole and helping the country move forward in peace and unity of purpose.
Published on July 7, 2021