The Janneh Commision concluded with recommendations based on factual findings that former and current public officials acted inappropriately contrary to their official functions and prescribed duties. Their conclusion was based on sufficient evidence given by witnesses during the commission’s hearing. As a member of the public, I do not see impartiality or any mediocrity in their findings.
They were public officers who in one way or the other conducted misconduct in their official functions and used their positions to enable the former president loot the country. They are as responsible as him in different degrees on the crimes perpetrated against us.
If citizens are liable to be banned from contesting presidential elections, or dismissed, retired or convicted (Section 62/63 of the 1997 constitution). A legal mechanism which is available to us to use in this case, I see no reason why thier recommendations for those adversely affected to be punished as legally prescribed being unfair.
However selective justice if practiced by the current government would be deem inept and disrespectful to the people. Although as evidently shown in the circulated white paper by the administration, we still wait and see what the President would tell the NAMS on his government’s undertakings on the recommendations of commission.
Recalling that both the Janneh Commision, TRRC and CRC are formal settings paid by Gambians and sworn to implement their specific mandates to help Gambia restructure both its state and society.
If government is found to be selective and partial in implementing the recommendations of the commission contrary to what we all deem just and appropriate, then our reaction would be very different.
Gambians must ensure good governance starts with accountability, transparency, respect for the rule of law and encourage citizens participation.
Ensuring separation of powers of the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary would surely help for these shameful acts by public officials never to happen again.
The affected persons have the right to appeal if they believe that they have been unfairly treated by the process. They could appeal through the Judiciary. We as citizens, can also hold the Government accountable if they fail to approve the report in its totality and not act on the recommendations presented by the Janneh commission.
Mr Dodou Ndow