The Gambian government on Monday began taking care of reparation payments for the victims of dictator Yahya Jammeh’s regime. Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou handed over fifty million Gambian dalasis (D50 million dalasis) to the country’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC). Tambadou told a news conference that the reparations funds came from the sale of assets seized from the exiled Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh.
The former President was a central pillar in the infrastructure of terror and human rights violations that were perpetrated on ordinary Gambians. Consequently, the Government deems it most fitting and just that reparations for his victims should be directly granted from his wealth and assets,” Tambadou remarked.
Tambadou says government would make an additional interventions provided that funds are available in the future.
Meanwhile, the TRRC has started granting interim reparations to Jammeh’s victims—especially those who are in need of medical treatment and financial aid to study.
The TRRC Chairman Dr. Lamin Ceesay has hailed the government’s intervention. He says the funds would go a long way in helping Jammeh’s victims.