Taking outgoing Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh, to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face trial for crimes against humanity, is on the minds of many Gambians, especially victims of Mr. Jammeh’s twenty years tyrannical rule. But President elect Adama Barrow said The Gambia has enough legal instruments and expertise to handle any form of future prosecution of the outgoing regime domestically. Mr. Barrow, doesn’t make any definitive comment on the possibility of prosecuting Jammeh, although he said when the time comes The Gambia can deal with the matter locally. He maintains that any future prosecution, Gambians would be competent enough to litigate their own cases in the courts here in Banjul.
Mr. Barrow was speaking to reporters at a press conference held on Thursday. Barrow stated his government’s immediate priority to is to unite the country and works towards rebuilding the nation.
President elect Barrow talks about setting up a Truth And Reconciliation Commission when he assumes office. He said a lot has happened under Jammeh’s rule, but the coming of the said Commission past wounds could be healed.
“We will set up Truth and Reconciliation Commision. The goal is to help heal past wounds endured by Gambians during Jammeh’s rule,” he said.
President elect Barrow also vowed to put in place policies and agencies that would accommodate pluralistic democracy, good governance, and the rule of law.
Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai