Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRCC) witnesses have started calling for the firing of former Jammeh enablers linked to human rights violations and are still serving in Barrow’s administration. They want agents of torture currently serving the regime be removed. Witness Momodou Lamin Gassama, a former army Captain and an ADC to former President Jawara, said such folks, have no place in any democratic dispensation. He says victims of Jammeh’s human rights violations do not deserve such a treatment.

This follows, revelations made by multiple witnesses, who accused security agents under Jammeh regime of torture, among other heinous crimes. Some of the accused officers are still in active duties.

Momodou Lamin Gassama opines that in as much as the TRRC was meant to reconcile the country, it is his contention that by allowing such discredited officers in the force—particularly the army, will not send a right signal to the nation. He maintains that agents of human rights violations should be purged from the system in the interest of genuine security reform.

Gassama also said the current administration should learn from the 22 years Jammeh rule. He said the army should not be used under any circumstances for the purposes of political expediency. He warns that leaders, who used the security forces for political interest, risked facing retribution from the same forces. He also called for an end to coups.

Gassama has called on religious leaders to use their platforms to speak truth to power. He says one of the reasons why Jammeh was able to self-perpetuate himself into power for over a decade, was largely due to the silence of the religious leaders.

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