Gambia reconciliation chief critical of Jammeh alliance 

BBC Focus on Africa – 10 September 2021


The head of Gambia’s reconciliation commission has expressed disappointment at the political alliance between the parties of President Adama Barrow and former long-serving leader Yahya Jammeh

They have teamed up ahead of elections in December.

The Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) was established after Mr Jammeh fled the country in 2017 following his election defeat

Testimony has revealed that the former president oversaw murders, torture, targeting of opponents and sexual assault among other crimes during his two-decade long rule.

The TRRC is expected to hand its recommendations over to President Barrow soon, but its Executive Secretary, Baba Galleh Jallow, told BBC Focus on Africa that some will be hard to implement because of the new alliance.

Particularly any proposed prosecution of Mr Jammeh as one of those that would be hard to achieve.

“This is not the right thing for Adama Barrow to have done… I think some of the recommendations will have to suffer,” he said.

Mr Jallow said the commission “can’t applaud” the move adding that the victims of human rights abuses during Mr Jammeh’s rule were “very very disappointed”.

The commission is concerned that Mr Jammeh’s party may have included immunity or pardon in its conditions for a deal.


Firstly, as is becoming clear, the MOU has NOT been signed by President Barrow or his government;

Secondly, Jammeh’s crime is a crime against international law, as Lead Counsel Essa Faal and the TRRC have so clearly demonstrated. Thus it is NOT within President Barrow’s powers to grant Yahya Jammeh “a pardon or immunity”. The international community has jurisdiction to try Jammeh at the ICC or in any other country – just as Habre was tried, convicted and jailed in Senegal.

There is ZERO chance that President Barrow will A) Try to bring Jammeh back to The Gambia or B) Offer Jammeh a “pardon or immunity”.

There also a ZERO to SLIM chance that Yahya Jammeh himself will agree to any plan to get him out of his hiding place in Equatorial Guinea.

Dida Jallow-Halake,

Notting Hill, London

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