Gambia: Bringing Yahya Jammeh to Justice Requires a Sense of Urgency

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Bringing Yahya Jammeh to Justice Requires a Sense of Urgency

Written by Ebou Ngum in Everett Washington

I am very sure no one would have thought that the Gambian people will today advocate for Yahya Jammeh to be brought to justice for all the atrocities he caused in the Gambia. Of course it is clear to the Gambian people that his atrocities ranges from killing to disappearances, to abuse of Gambian women and outright misuse of the resources belonging to the Gambia, a fake HIV and infertility treatment program etc. Also, the outright slaughter of the 50 or so Ghanaian nationals clearly shows that Yahya Jammeh was a monster beyond human comprehension.

A sense of urgency is therefore required in securing cooperation with all parties concerned to bring him to justice by all means.  In his book on leading change, Kotter (1996) argued that establishing a sense of urgency is crucial to gaining needed cooperation. Complacency must therefore not be allowed to rear its ugly head in the quest to grab Yahya Jammeh otherwise we will lose momentum and soon realize that we are just going on a wild goose chase.  The danger with complacency in bringing Yahya Jammeh to justice is that when not urgently tackled, parties might lose interest and efforts will go nowhere. According to Kotter (1996) with complacency, high transformations usually go nowhere because few people are even interested in working on the change problem. The Yahya Jammeh problem must not be marred with complacency or low urgency because we will then be faced with the difficulty of putting efforts together or a concerted action to guide the process of bringing him to justice.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been established which a right move but we must not adopt the kind of reconciliation process that took place in Rwanda. That was genocide among two conflicting tribes. The case of the Gambia is one person usurping power and was at liberty to kill anyone regardless of nationality and no questions asked. The victims of Yahya Jammeh whether dead or alive, in the Gambia or elsewhere around the world require answers as soon as possible otherwise there will be no healing for them. Though international laws and conventions would need to be followed to go after Yahya Jammeh, if not done with a sense of urgency his victims stand to lose period. All this being said, his victims whether dead or alive, in the Gambia or elsewhere must be adequately compensated by disposing his personal empire in the Gambia for the benefit of the victims.

It is also prudent to note that Yahya Jammeh’s rule created rampant corruption orchestrated by him and his cohorts. The blatant robbing of the Central Bank of the Gambia is a case in point. It is only in the Gambia that a so called army General would just scribble a note and send it to the Governor of the Central Bank to release millions of Gambian money to him. In addition, Yahya Jammeh’s role in robbing Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation, Gambia Ports Authority, Gambia Revenue Authority, NAWEC etc, and his massive land grabbing sickness are too serious to contend with and we cannot just let go such atrocities easily.

The work of the Janneh Commission is commendable and we can be rest assured that though nothing has been recovered yet, the majority of the gross wastage of Gambian resources done by Yahya Jammeh and his cohorts have been documented and we are sure to get back what clearly belongs to the Gambian people.

Reference

Kotter, J. (1996). Leading change. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Press.

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