The resigned Gambian Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou has taken a swipe at dictator Yahya Jammeh’s supporters, during the announcement of his resignation from Barrow’s rule at a news conference held in Banjul on Friday. Tambadou, who is unpopular within Jammeh’s support base camp, had this stern message for the dictator’s supporters: “I am aware that my principal position on former President Jammeh has not endeared me to his supporters and sympathizers and to them I say Jammeh belongs to the past. So, wake up to your dreams of a Jammeh political comeback and move on with your lives.”
Tambadou was the first justice minister appointed in Barrow’s administration. He quit in 2018, then rescinded his resignation. Today, Tambadou thanked Barrow for giving him the opportunity to serve his country and said he is pursuing an appointment with the United Nations.
Tambadou has also assured the victims of Jammeh’s rule that the former authoritarian leader would face justice one day.
“He has caused too much pain and suffering to the people of this country throughout his 22 years reign of terror, as the TRRC keeps revealing. He has during this period destroyed the innocence and soul of Gambian society with the sheer brutality of his crimes, and for these, he would be brought to account someday here or abroad; he will surely have his day in court,” he said.
Tambou spoke on the numerous judicial reform projects initiated by his former ministry. These include establishing the Jammeh Commission to investigate the corrupt practices of Jammeh’s former government and creating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Constitutional Review Commission, and others.
Tambadou notes that despite such achievements, Gambians should remember that establishing democracy isn’t easy.
“For without peace, there cannot be democracy, or development or justice. Our challenge going forward is to make this peace sustainable and turn it into stability for our people and, yes, the choice is ours. Each and every one of us, we either choose to live in peace or not,” Tambadou remarked.
Tambadou said the biggest threat facing Gambia’s fledgling democracy is misinformation. He urged the media to report responsibly and avoid being used as a pawn for spreading false news. He says the media has a critical role in shaping Gambia’s democratic future.