It was in September of 2018 that Emmanuel Joof, the former Chairman of the Faraba Banta Commission presented his findings report to President Adama Barrow. The Commission was set up to investigate the murder of three Faraba residents and the massive destruction to property in that location of The Gambia. Environmentalists had protested against the Julakay Engineering Construction Company. The company had been accused of environmental degradation and exploitation by the people of Faraba.
It is about one year since Adama Barrow received that Faraba Commission report. Barrow is required by law to share the content of the Commission report with Gambians within six months, but he has miserably failed to do so. He is either not following the dictates of the law or maybe he is ignorant about his duties as Commander-in-chief.
The Gambia is a very corrupt nation. Ethical values, principles, and honesty are often ignored. Personal interest seems to have superseded national interest.
The lawyer, who headed the Faraba Commission Emmanuel Joof, was appointed by Barrow to head the newly created Human Rights Commission of The Gambia, few weeks after he had presented his report to Barrow. Joof accepted the job without factoring the implications of the Executive trying to buy his support.
Joof’s report on Faraba has not been released; it appears that he (Joof) lacks what it takes to take on Barrow to release his report—given the compromising move he has taken to accept a job offer from a regime, which had been linked to human rights violations.
Joof was hired by a President, who hardly pays attention to national details. His boss hardly reads and comprehends issues. He has been surrounded by sycophants, former Jammeh enablers and opportunists.
The personnel of the police intervention unit (PIU) officers, who were linked to the murder of the Faraba environmentalists, worked for the regime, that Joof, had accepted to head its Human Rights Commission.
If it is true that Joof is not ethically compromised, one would have expected him and his staff at the Human Rights Commission to call on Barrow to release that report. But that is not happening so far.
It was Joof, who recently condemned the likes of the Presidential Youth Adviser Henry Gomez, Interior Minister Ebrima Mballow, and Tourism Minister Hamat Bah for communicating what he considered as “hate speech and threatening remarks” against the three years jotna protesters. Joof was hailed by the EU Ambassador in The Gambia for his condemnation of the regime. Yet, Joof is not bold enough to take on Barrow on a report he had authored. Something is not adding up here.
The bereaved families in Faraba and the people of The Gambia do not deserve a President, who squats on Commission reports. Our people also do not deserve a Human Rights Commission whose appointees would continue to serve a regime that its President would squat on its reports.
Emmanuel Joof should consider resigning if his work is not respected by his employer. His appointment sounded like what we called here in America quid pro quo. A Google online dictionary defines quid pro quo as “a favor or advantage granted or expected in return for something.” We rest our case.